Thursday preview: ABF in focus on 4 July

By Alexander Bueso

Date: Wednesday 03 Jul 2019

Thursday preview: ABF in focus on 4 July

(Sharecast News) - Thursday is expected to be a rather quite session given how US financial markets will be closed in observance of the 4 July holiday and what with what traders are left at their desks likely to be sitting on their hands ahead of the June non-farm payrolls report due out on the following day.

And no major UK economic releases are set for release.

It's a similar story across the Channel, although speeches from European Central Bank vice president, Luis de Guindos, and Governing Council member, Philip Lane, are scheduled.

Nevertheless, there is always room for surprises, particularly on the geopolitical front, with Iran having said on Wednesday that it would begin to increase its uranium enrichment capabilities - a potential precursor to making a nuclear weapon.

Against that backdrop, Associated British Foods is among the few corporates that is scheduled to update financial markets on Thursday.

According to analysts at Credit Suisse, the spotlight will be on the performance of its discount fashion arm, Primark, over the third quarter of the company's financial year.

They estimate that like-for-like sales at the unit shrank by 2.2%, with revenues in the UK off by 0.5% and in Europe by 3.5% amid a "soft" April and a "very challenging" May.

For the full year, the Swiss broker is calling for "broadly flat" profits before tax and earnings per share, although the following year is expected to be "materially better" on the back of an uplift in sugar, another solid year at Primark and good results at its grocery unit.

Nevertheless, Credit Suisse cautioned clients that volatility in FX and sugar prices - depending on Brexit and tariffs - might impact on ABF's profitability.

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