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Another loss for Parkson Retail Asia

Struggling department store operator Parkson Retail Asia has hinted it may close further stores as it posted yet another loss.

For the first quarter of the new trading year, the Singapore headquartered company lost S$11.1 million, a slight improvement on the $12.9 million of a year ago.

Last full trading year, the company lost $40.1 million for the full year.

In a statement, the company said it would will continue to prioritise on enhancing product offerings “as well as on optimising both our operational efficiency and network of stores,” suggesting further exits, most likely in Vietnam where it has just five stores remaining from a peak of 10 and continues to lose money.

Parkson credited the reduced loss on an improved performance of the Malaysian and Indonesian store networks, together with the effect of the closure of seven loss-making stores last financial year.

Group sales rose 1.7 per cent to $92.6 million.

Parkson Retail Asia shares were trading for 3.0 Singapore cents today.

On Friday the company announced the immediate resignation of its CFO Chia Cang Yang, with immediate effect. CEO Michael Remsen will oversee financial matters until a replacement is recruited.

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