Zalando Swings to Profit in Q1


FRANKFURT (Reuters) — German online fashion retailer Zalando swung to an operating profit in the first quarter, it said in preliminary figures released on Thursday, ahead of schedule.

Zalando said earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation costs, would be between 25 million and 39 million euros, or $27 million to $42 million, compared with a loss of 23 million euros a year earlier.

It said the increase was mainly driven by an improved gross margin on sales expected to rise to 635 million to 648 million euros from 501 million a year earlier, corresponding to an increase of 27 to 29 percent.

“Both group revenues and adjusted EBIT have developed above expectations, mainly due to a very strong start into the spring-summer season,” Zalando said in a statement.

Shares in Zalando, Europe’s largest dedicated online fashion retailer, traded 4.4 percent higher at brokerage Lang &…

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