Online fashion retailer Zalando’s first-quarter sales surge

FILE PHOTO: The logo of fashion retailer Zalando is pictured at the new headquarters in Berlin
FILE PHOTO: The logo of fashion retailer Zalando is pictured in Berlin, Germany, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

April 20, 2021

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German online fashion retailer Zalando’s on Tuesday said revenue soared by 46-48% in the first quarter, boosted by coronavirus lockdowns.

Europe’s biggest online-only fashion retailer’s preliminary first-quarter figures said sales totalled 2.22-2.26 billion euros ($2.67 billion-$2.72 billion), while gross merchandise volume (GMV) – sales on its site made by the company or its partners – rose by more than half to 3.13-3.17 billion euros.

Last month, Zalando said it expected GMV to increase by 27%-32% to between 13.6-14.1 billion euros in 2021.

For the first quarter of 2021, Zalando said it expected adjusted earnings before interest and tax of 80-100 million euros, versus a loss of 98.6 million euros in the year-earlier period.

Zalando plans to publish full first-quarter results on May 6.

(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by David Goodman and Jane Merriman)