Myer suffers $486 million full-year net loss

Fancy an updated iPhone? Don't bother visiting Myer.

Fancy an updated iPhone? Don't bother visiting Myer. Photo: AAP

Department store giant Myer has suffered a full-year net loss of $486 million, weighed down by a fall in sales and write down of assets.

The retailer’s total sales for the 52 weeks to July 28 fell 3.16 per cent to $3.1 billion, and down 2.7 per cent on a comparable store basis.

The company has made an annual underlying net profit of $32.5 million, down 52.2 per cent on last year.

The headline loss was weighed down by implementation costs and individually significant items of $541.2 million (pre-tax) of which $538.2 million (pre-tax) were recorded as part of the first half results.

Myer Chairman, Garry Hounsell, said the results were disappointing.

“When it became apparent to the board that the execution of the strategy was not going to deliver an improved financial performance, we made the decisive move to make significant leadership changes,” he said.

In April, Myer’s new chief executive John King announced 30 executive and senior management roles would be cut in its head office in a bid to reduce costs and strengthen connections with customers.

“These results are obviously disappointing and shareholders deserve better,” Mr King said in a statement, adding that the company was focusing on marketing and improved products.

“With this customer in mind, we are making changes to our product ranges, store layouts, and online offering,” he said.

“We have worked to influence how we will trade Christmas 2018.”

No final dividend will be paid. 

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