The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。

 

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Q4 2018 Headlines

UK quoted companies issued 88 profit warnings in the fourth quarter of 2018. In 2018, one in six UK quoted companies issued a profit warning, the second highest level since 2008.

This rise is driven by ‘new’ profit warnings from companies who hadn’t warned in the last year. Uncertainty is compounding structural pressures, hurting confidence, delaying spending and spreading pressure into new areas of the economy.

Investors, like many businesses, are positioning for the worst – which could provide some upside to 2019. But most scenarios leave us facing further political and economic uncertainty and no let-up in the pace of structural change.

4% rise in profit warnings year-on-year

10-year high in percentage of retailers warning

31% of Q4 profit warnings blame contract disruption

22.6% is the highest average share price fall recorded

Sector insights

FTSE General Retailers

EY - FTSE General Retailers

The FTSE General Retailers sector issued eight profit warnings in Q4 2018, taking the annual total to 36 – a 50% annual increase.

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FTSE Real Estate

EY - FTSE Real Estate

The toughest year on the high street in a decade made 2018 the ‘year of the CVA’, turning the spotlight on retail landlords.

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