We had news this morning that CPI inflation went through 10% in the UK – bad news, as this surely means further increases to interest rates over here. That won’t help businesses such as online clothing retailer, AIM-listed ASOS (ASC) and I sense that the company’s difficulties don’t end there, for this morning the CFO/COO Mr Mat Dunn is to leave at the end of October. But the statement is, I fear, highly disingenuous.
I may have told you the story before that I thought I was so smart when I doubled my money in the then As Seen On Screen (and now ASOS) (ASC) shares the thick end of a couple of decades ago…but I sold way too early. However it is better to make money than not…as any ASOS investors over the last five years know, with the stock down a mere 80% since 2017. And as any trendy 15-30 year olds will tell you, there have been plenty of fashion brand changes over recent years way beyond whether clothes should be bought online or not. And on this front, onto today’s noteworthy two updates…
If you are into corporate updates it is an interesting day today and loads to write about. Here is the exciting news: it is going to be like this for over the next couple of months. It has always been thus over the last twenty-five plus years I have been looking at the U.K. markets. I guess I should start with ASOS (ASC), which may have formally talked about a four month trading update to the end of December, but a second headline it gave, observing that the company ‘announces intended move to London Stock Exchange’s main market’, is kind of interesting too.
A week into January and I see that the weekend press has plenty of stories about the European Central Bank executive who ‘warns green energy push will drive inflation higher’, as well as the UK's former vaccines minister who said it would be ‘helpful’ to cut the self-isolation period to five days. Otherwise there is the apparent hassle of the wealth of the top 1% is 230 times higher than the poorest 10%. Such analytical excitement (not).