Concerns that WH Smith could lose millions because of coronavirus

PUBLISHED: 13:24 13 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:59 13 March 2020

WHSmith in Felixstowe Picture: RICHARD CORNWELL

WHSmith in Felixstowe Picture: RICHARD CORNWELL


High Street retailer WH Smith says it believes it could lose millions because of coronavirus.

The retailer, who runs stores up and down the region believes it could lose up to £130 million from its revenues for the current financial year.

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Reducing passenger numbers at airport stores had been a particular blow for the company while it said it remained concerned about reduced high street footfall that could result from the virus.

The company said: 'WH Smith is a resilient business with a strong balance sheet, substantial cash liquidity and strong cashflow.

'The group has a strong management team in place and has consistently demonstrated that it can adapt and respond quickly to changing market conditions.

'Over the longer term, the board remains confident in the strategy and believes the group is well positioned to benefit from the normalisation and growth of the global travel market.'

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