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Dixons Carphone warns on profit as mobile sales hit

The owner of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons has warned that more expensive mobile phone handsets and lower EU roaming charges will hurt its profits.Shares fell more than 30% after it said profits this year would be £360m to £440m, down from £501m last year.Dixons Carphone said customers were not upgrading their phones as frequently because handsets had risen in price.It also predicted it would take a hit from the EU scrapping roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad.Chief executive Seb James said in an unscheduled statement that the market for contract mobile phones had become “more challenging” in recent months.The fall in the pound had made handsets more expensive and innovation of phones has been “incremental”, Mr James said.”As a consequence, we have seen an increased number of people hold on to their phones for longer,” he said.He added it was too soon to say whether upcoming Samsung and iPhone handset launches would reverse the trend.EU roamingDixons Carphone, which takes a slice of the value of customers’ phone contracts, also said it would take a hit of up to £40m from the changes to EU roaming legislation in force since June.Mr James said it was “hard to quantify at this stage” how big the impact would be on the business.The hit from lower roaming charges compares with one-off benefits of £71m last year, and the retailer said its core retail business would remain steady this year.It expects growth in its UK and Ireland, Nordic and Greek electrical businesses to offset the falls in mobile phone sales.Dixons Carphone shares also went ex-dividend on Thursday.That often leads to a fall in the share price as it will be at least six months before the next dividend is paid out.
Source: BBC News

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