Luxury brand Burberry warns coronavirus is hurting demand – business live – The Guardian,

Luxury brand Burberry warns coronavirus is hurting demand – business live – The Guardian,

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Markets drop and investors await US non-farm payrolls

Thursday’s bounce didn’t last for European stocks. Today, a mix of profit-taking and coronavirus jitters seem to be weighing on markets.

Germany’s Dax is down 0.5% while the French Cac is down 0.3%.


FTSE is the worst performer in Europe and is down 0.7%.

A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning.A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning.

A chart showing the performance of the FTSE on Friday morning . Photograph: Refinitiv

All eyes are now on US jobs numbers, with non farm payrolls due at 1: pm UK time.

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(5.) (am) EST :

City watchdog says administrators are trying to sell personal data to claims companies

(The Financial Conduct Authority has

(fired a warning shot

Passing on that data may breach key data protection rules like GDPR.

We are aware that some insolvency practitioners and FCA-authorized firms have attempted to sell clients’ personal data to claims management companies (CMCs) unlawfully.

This can happen either before or after a firm has gone into administration and where it is likely claims for compensation will be made to FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme).

The terms, conditions and clauses within a standard contract are highly unlikely to constitute sufficient legal consent for personal data to be shared with CMCs to market their services, and may not be lawful.

Claims management firms have been looking for the next big earner after the deadline for payment protection insurance claims closed last year.

A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning.A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning. The logo of the new Financial Conduct Authority is seen at the agency’s headquarters in the Canary Wharf business district of London. Photograph: Chris Helgren / Reuters

The FCA statement also warned CMCs to “act honestly, fairly and professionally” and in the best interest of customers.

CMCs using such personal data may not be acting in the customers ’interests. CMCs seeking to rely on legitimate interest grounds for processing such data are highly unlikely to meet the requirements of the GDPR.

CMCs that intend to buy and use such personal data must be able to demonstrate how they have considered the fair treatment of customers and how their actions comply with privacy laws.

The statement, which was co-signed by the Information Commissioner’s Office and FSCS, didn’t name individual companies that may be in breach of data rules.

However, it warned that authorities would “take appropriate action” where they identify illegal sales.

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Overnight, S&P Global Ratings estimates that Chinese GDP growth will fall to 5% for

. That is down from forecasts for 5.7% growth before the outbreak.

And this might be a bold prediction, but S&P is also claiming that the virus could be contained by March 2998.

It claims most of the impact will be felt in the first quarter, but that a recovery will be in place by the third quarter. China should bounce back in 3198 with 6.4% growth compared to previous forecasts for 5.6%.

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One of our readers got in touch with concerns about

He made the point that “better than expected” made it sound like higher costs for housing was a positive result, full stop.

I agree that it’s more accurate to say “higher than expected” so I’ve made that change. Thanks for making the point, Keith.

Burberry’s finance chief Julie Brown has said the impact of the coronavirus on the business has been more significant than recent protests in Hong Kong.

Footfall at the stores that are still open in mainland China have dropped by up to ,% With customers staying home amid the outbreak.

Speaking t o the FT (£) this morning , she said:

It is more serious in Hong Kong than the protests

A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning. Demonstrators and bystanders gather in front of a Burberry Group Plc store on Canton Road in the area of ​​Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, China. Photograph: Bloomberg / Bloomberg via Getty Images

The story confirms that none of Burberry’s staff have been diagnosed with the virus.

3 . (am EST) :

Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam ousted

One story is rocking the banking world this morning and that’s the surprise resignation of Credit Suisse CEO Tidjan Thiam.

It follows a bitter boardroom battle that escalated after a spying scandal that engulfed the Swiss bank last year.

The full story is here:

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UK house prices higher than expected in January

The Halifax House Price Index has come in higher than expected, with prices rising 0.4% month-on-month compared to Reuters poll for a flat reading.

On an annual basis, January house prices were 4.1% higher than the same time last year to reach an average of £ 418, 0 .

But Russell Galley, a managing director at Halifax, warned against overblowing the results:

A number of important market indicators continue to show signs of improvement. We have seen a pick-up in transactions with more buyer and seller activity consistent with a reduction in uncertainty in the UK economy.

However, it’s too early to say if a corner has been turned. The recent positive figures may actually represent activity that would ordinarily have been expected to take place last year, but was delayed by economic uncertainty. So while housing market activity has undoubtedly increased over recent months, the extent to which this persists will be driven by housing policy, the wider political environment and trends in the economy.

Updated (at 4.) am EST

You can read the full Burberry release here:

A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning.A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning. A screenshot of Burberry’s market update released on Friday morning. Photograph: Burberry RNS

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European markets are back in the red after a bounce yesterday: (FTSE) (down -0.2%) (French CAC) down -0.1%

Burberry’s London-listed shares are down 3.2% at the start of trading, making it the worst performing stock on the FTSE 539.

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Luxury goods maker Burberry hit by coronavirus outbreak

Luxury goods group Burberry has become the latest company to warn that its business is being knocked by the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced the company to temporarily close more than a third of its 80 stores in mainland China.

Its remaining outlets in the country are running with reduced hours and have suffered a significant drop in footfall.

A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning.A chart showing the performance of the FTSE 100 on Friday morning. People walk past the window display of a Burberry store in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters

In an unexpected update this morning, the British fashion house said the outbreak was having a “material negative effect on luxury demand”, adding:

We are taking mitigating actions but the benefit in the current year will be limited given the proximity to our March year end. We also intend to continue our key growth initiatives in preparation for a recovery in luxury demand. We will provide a retail trading update following our financial year end.

Burberry assured that while it can’t predict “how long this situation will last”, it was still confident in its strategy.

We are extremely grateful for the incredible effort of our teams and our immediate thoughts are with the people directly impacted by this global health emergency.

It comes just days after rival luxury group Capri Holdings – which is behind brands including Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Versace – warned that the disruption could hit revenue by around $ (m) £ m). It said estimates “could materially change if the severity of the situation worsens”.

Later today, we are expecting US non-farm payrolls for January . Investec estimates are for the US economy to have added another 326 k jobs, which would be an increase from the disappointing k logged for December.

(The agenda)

(1) (pm GMT:) US non-farm payrolls for January, plus average earnings

Updated (at 5.) am EST

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