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whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapp Dixons Retail, Europe’s No. 2 electricals retailer, forecast full-year profit around the bottom end of market expectations after Christmas sales in the UK were hit by December’s poor weather.The company, which runs the Currys and PC World chains in Britain, UniEuro in Italy, Elkjop in Nordic countries and Kotsovolos in Greece, said it expected underlying profit before tax in the range of £100m to £110m in 2011.Dixons said sales at stores open over a year fell two per cent in the 12 weeks to 8 January, its fiscal third quarter.Gross margins across the group were down 0.2 per cent.“We remain cautious about the economic outlook across our markets,” said the firm.Dixons, which makes all its profit in the second half, is two and a half years into a turnaround plan that has focussed on selling underperforming businesses, cutting costs, revamping stores, opening larger stores and improving product ranges and service.The programme has generally been well received by analysts, but Dixons’ share price has fallen by 40 per cent over the last year.Investors are concerned about consumers tightening their belts, competition from supermarkets and the arrival in Britain of US electricals giant Best Buy. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndo Thursday 13 January 2011 3:18 am Share John Dunne Dixons year profit to be at bottom end More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com
Monday 21 February 2011 8:23 pm ANALYST VIEWS: HOW GOOD WERE HAMMERSON’S RESULTS? HARM MEIJER JP MORGAN CAZENOVEHammerson’s full-year results were better than expected, a similar trend seen with peers, as assets with quality income continue to surprise to the upside, in line with one of our main investment themes. We remain ‘overweight’, given the continued strong demand for prime assets and its modest loan to value ratio of 32 per cent.TINA COOK CHARLES STANLEYWhile earnings were largely in line, the positive share price reaction is driven by the rise in net asset value, which was well ahead of expectations. The company recognises ongoing pressure on retailers in challenging economic conditions, but its prime portfolio, diverse tenant base and geographic spread leaves it well placed.MATTHEW CHURSTAIN PEEL HUNTIt was better than expected. There is still a little bit of concern over the rents of their City assets, but that is likely to resolve itself in the growth and the shortage of space over the next few years. Hammerson has also got a number of development assets, and is set for more positive news if it can get pre-lets for those properties. Share KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULL
Latest Sports News Harmanpreet Kaur renews her Big-Bash contract Cricket by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’PUBG Mobile Big Update : For the first time ever, India Government makes it official, ‘No Permissions to PUBG’Wrestler Murder Case: Sushil Kumar spotted hitting victim with sticks in exclusive video; WatchShe was in the headlines again because of her stunning performance during the World Cup qualifiers and then the World Cup by steering India to the final – where they lost to England. She scored a smashing unbeaten 171 runs from 115 balls during the semi-finals – the highest score in the tournament’s knockout stages.Sydney Thunder’s general manager Lee Germon, excited over Harmanpreet’s contract extension, said: “Following the Women’s World Cup, Harmanpreet was the hottest property in cricket,” Germon said. “She showed during that tournament, and through her performances with the Thunder, that she is one of, if not the most, destructive batters in the game at the moment.”Thunder coach Jo Broadbent spoke about the value Harmanpreet brought to the side. “She’s a match-winner and that’s what you need in T20, you need those match-winners,” Broadbent told adelaidenow.com.au. “She’s got that really good blend of technique and power, she really works on the basics. She’s just incredible and such a great person to have. Her bat does most of the talking.“Normally in the women’s (T20) game if you get your run rate up to eight runs an over, you rarely see players explode and get over 10 runs an over and do that for four or five overs. She can do that. If we had to get 10 or 12 runs an over and she was in the middle, you’d almost be backing her to win a game.”Harmanpreet’s signing comes more than a week after New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Rachel Priest’s move to the Thunder from the Melbourne Renegades. The side, however, still have to confirm two members of their 15-member squad for the third edition before the deadline. 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Kaur’s contract was extended further on the final day of the tournament’s contracting period for the third edition, which starts from December 9.Last season, Kaur became the first Indian women player to feature in an overseas T20 league, scoring 296 runs for the Thunder at an average of 59.2 and a strike rate of 117 – the second-highest run-getter for the side – while her offspin yielded six wickets, including a four-for against the Melbourne Stars. She was adjudged the Sydney Thunder’s Player of the Tournament for her stellar performances, even though the side failed to make the playoffs. 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But work must start now to ensure the women’s tournament is the best ever LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Also, that means players, the majority of whom are amateur, needing to take an additional two weeks off work. The tournament would essentially have lasted six weeks rather than four – and that’s before you account for the travel time to get to New Zealand and training camps etc beforehand. That much leave, most likely unpaid, would have a significant financial impact on players.And what if the worst happened and there was an outbreak of Covid in one of the camps, as happened with Fiji during the Autumn Nations Cup and France in the Six Nations? The tight turnaround between fixtures means that not only is there no room for postponements but a team could have to forfeit two or even three matches while isolating.As BBC rugby reporter Sara Orchard says, the World Cup should be won by the best team on the pitch, not the one that was lucky enough to avoid Covid. Packed stands at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast for the 2017 final (Inpho) TAGS: Highlight However, the cost of quarantine isn’t the only issue, it’s having to quarantine full stop. Tying in with the preparation point, two weeks in isolation, even if teams were given exemptions to allow some form of training, is far from ideal. Comment: Why postponing Rugby World Cup 2021 is the right decisionPostponing Rugby World Cup 2021 is the right decision.Of course, I appreciate the intense disappointment players and coaches and supporters are feeling following this week’s announcement that the women’s tournament will be put back until 2022 because of Covid-19 and all the associated challenges.People will have made major life decisions around the World Cup taking place this September and October, whether that’s to do with retirement or starting a family or career progression or all of the above.The sad reality of a possible 12-month delay (the dates for the postponed tournament haven’t yet been confirmed but it’s likely to be played in the same time slot in 2022) means that some players we expected to see competing in 2021 will not be around a year later. SupportersWhile New Zealand would obviously have opened its borders for the teams competing, no fans from overseas would have been allowed in unless they are NZ residents or citizens. Delaying it a year improves the chances of people from around the world being able to go. After all, organisers are aiming to set new attendance records with this tournament.Plus, we’ve seen in the past week how quickly things can change, with Auckland going into a seven-day lockdown after a community case of Covid. If this had happened during a World Cup no fans would have been allowed into stadiums. With five-day turnarounds between pool games, an equivalent lockdown would have meant a third of matches being played behind closed doors. Still, on balance, the postponement is the right decision and ensures the integrity of the tournament remains intact – for several reasons.QualifyingTen teams are still in the running to qualify for the final three spots at the tournament and the window to get them played before a September 2021 kick-off was getting ever smaller. Both the Asian and European qualifying tournaments have been postponed several times, with no dates set on when they would be played.A play-off between Colombia and Kenya also needs to take place before the repechage can be staged.Colombia are still involved in RWC 2021 qualifying (Getty Images)When you consider that Colombia, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Samoa are also involved in the Olympic repechage in Monaco in June, with several players likely to straddle the sevens and 15s squads, it adds a further complication.PreparationThe impact of the pandemic on the women’s international calendar means even the teams that have qualified have been short of game time. For instance, Wales will have gone more than a year without a match when they face France in the truncated Women’s Six Nations in April while hosts and defending champions New Zealand haven’t played a Test since August 2019.Ongoing travel restrictions mean teams may also have struggled to arrange meaningful fixtures before the tournament. Take the situation surrounding the France-Ireland match last year.Ireland had to ask the French to move the game to Dublin because rules around ‘elite’ sportspeople playing in cross-border events meant players had to isolate for two weeks on their return. That was fine for the men’s team, who – as professionals – could isolate as a squad and continue to train. For the women’s team, with many squad members working in teaching or health services, a two-week isolation period wasn’t feasible.In the end the match didn’t get played because of Covid cases in the French camp, but it highlights the problems that exist in the current climate. Elite sport is covered by various government rules but the different circumstances of amateur and professional athletes means they aren’t always workable.QuarantineThis is a big sticking point, with many feeling the tournament was postponed because no one was willing to cover the costs of 11 teams (not to mention officials and tournament staff) having to quarantine on their arrival in New Zealand.Rugby commentator Nick Heath estimated that there would have been a $1.2m bill to clear this hurdle, but who would pay it? World Rugby, the New Zealand government, the teams themselves? It’s hard to see many of the latter being able to afford that. I actually think if this had been a men’s World Cup it may well have been postponed earlier as ticket sales and travel packages are so crucial in generating profits. New Zealand has said its borders may stay closed for the rest of 2021, so they would have needed to delay to ensure it remained viable.What next?As we await official ratification of the postponement decision early next week, plans need to be put in place to ensure women’s rugby doesn’t lose ground.Getting the remaining qualification matches played must be top of the agenda, ideally by the end of the year – even if they are later in 2021, with the hope that vaccine rollouts ease travel restrictions. That would ensure teams have nine months to prepare.Plus, can a full Women’s Six Nations be reinstated now there is more time to play the qualifiers? For those teams that have already qualified, an enhanced Test schedule should be put in place. Again Covid-19 makes this more challenging but if World Rugby has $4m they can pump into sevens programmes before the Olympics surely they could fund some women’s 15-a-side events.England were planning to tour New Zealand in the autumn of 2020 before the pandemic hit – could they do that in 2021 instead? Maybe get Australia involved too and play a triangular tournament.Or could an event be staged with five or six teams like the Super Series in 2019? Or a women’s Autumn Nations Cup?England and New Zealand in action during the 2019 Super Series (Getty Images)Again, World Rugby have scheduled sevens events for France in May, so it doesn’t look like the governing body is ruling out setting up international tournaments. It’s just finding the right place and time that reduces the risk of postponements or cancellations.Oh, and with all of the above as well as next month’s Six Nations, let’s make sure people can watch matches, whether via live streams or (preferably) TV deals. How good were the England-France matches broadcast on the BBC last November? More of that please.There are now 18 months to build momentum to ensure that women’s rugby is front and centre when the World Cup kicks off. Yes, postponing Rugby World Cup 2021 is the right decision – but only if the work is now put in to make next year’s event the best ever. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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