Inditex Shares Gain After Earnings, Sales Beat Expectations
By Cecilia Butini
Shares in Industria de Diseno Textil rose in early trade
Wednesday after the Zara clothing-brand owner posted rising sales
and earnings for the first quarter which beat analysts'
At 0728 GMT, shares were up 5.1% to EUR33.45.
The Spanish company, known as Inditex, said quarterly sales grew
to 7.61 billion euros ($8.14 billion) from EUR6.74 billion in the
first quarter of the year prior, beating analysts' expectations of
EUR7.56 billion, and were positive in all geographical areas and
The company posted operating income of EUR1.48 billion for the
first quarter, up from EUR1.03 billion the year prior, and beating
analysts' expectations of EUR1.34 billion.
Net profit also grew in the quarter, reaching EUR1.17 billion
from EUR766 million in the same quarter of the previous year,
according to company figures.
Quarterly gross margin reached 60.5%, an increase of 34 basis
points from the first quarter of 2022, it said.
Sales in constant currency--both in stores and online--grew 16%
between May 1 and June 4 versus the same period the year before,
the company said.
According to Jefferies analysts, Inditex's first-quarter EBIT
beat and its strong start into the second quarter hint at the
prospect of margins rising beyond pre-Covid-19 peaks. "This is a
stunning print which will be suitably welcome by investors," the
U.S. bank's analysts said in a note.
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