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Three things you need to know in the financial markets this morning from investment writer, Tony Cross.

Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone [LON:DC] have published a trading update, again showing itself to be one of the beneficiaries – at least in the short term – of having many of its consumers stuck at home. Stores have been closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, but online operations continue apace. For the three weeks to March 21st, group sales were up 13% from the same period last year, with the sweet spot being the online channel. UK & Ireland web sales rose an incredible 72%, but such a response will inevitably be short lived. To this extent, the company has advised that previous profit and debt guidance will not be met for the full year.

Topps Tiles

An interesting update from Topps Tiles [LON:TPT] this morning who have similarly shut their stores but don’t have the online channel to fall back on. The company welcomes the various government support packages but critically outlines the consequences of stores being closed for 12 weeks, then having trading materially impacted for another quarter. At this scenario, it believes liquidity can be maintained for the remainder of the year and bankers who have seen the modelling remain supportive. It’s the speed of that rebound that arguably poses the biggest threat.

Reach

News publisher Reach [LON:RCH] also provides a trading update, which seems slightly lacking in detail. The company ought to be well placed to engage more with its audiences, many of whom now have more time on their hands. However, with advertisers reigning in expenditure, newspaper sales being squeezed and physical events hugely disrupted, this is likely to be a difficult equation to balance. More details are expected in the 7th May AGM trading update, but this note has arguably answered few questions.

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Tony Cross

Tony Cross

Tony Cross is a market commentator with over 15 years of experience, producing compelling, insightful copy for journalists and investors alike. Focusing on macroeconomics, UK blue chip equities and inter market analysis, Cross's commentary is well regarded for its clarity and ability to cut through the waffle. He has been quoted in publications as diverse as The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and The Sun. He has also been a regular guest on both Share Radio and TipTV.

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