Headlines Pandora Expects ‘Negligible’ Revenue in Coronavirus-Affected Regions for Now But the company says it can weather the storm. Published 12 months ago on March 17, 2020 By INSTORE Staff Share Tweet Pandora has withdrawn the financial guidance it offered in early February, stating that it is “no longer meaningful” given the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the markets affected by lock-downs and other governmental measures, revenue is expected to be negligible while these circumstances prevail,” the jeweler stated. 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Pandora stated: In China, like-for-like has been between -70% and -80% since late January. Revenue is currently slightly improving, but a return to normal demand will expectedly take time and be outside the control of Pandora. The European markets, and Italy in particular, have been visibly impacted since late February. Italy generated solid positive like-for-like in January and February, while trading in March has now almost come to a complete halt. Australia is impacted due to a decline in tourism and most other markets are now indirectly impacted through a general dampening of consumer sentiment. In the markets affected by lock-downs and other governmental measures, revenue is expected to be negligible while these circumstances prevail. The timing and pattern of the return to normalised business is obviously subject to uncertainty and outside the control of Pandora. Pandora said it is “actively managing cost levels, including media, rent and other store costs, to ensure an appropriate balance between protecting profits while continuing to drive revenue from the Online store and build on the underlying momentum of the brand.” It still expects profits to be “strong” in first-quarter 2020. Pandora jewelry is sold in more than 100 countries through 7,400 points of sale, including more than 2,700 concept stores. Related Topics: COVID-19Latest News TopPandora click to Comment(Comment) Up Next Video: Stay ‘All In’ During These Difficult Times Instead of Acting in Fear Don't Miss Video: Kendra Scott Temporarily Closes Jewelry Stores Due to COVID-19 INSTORE Staff Over the years, INSTORE has won 80 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INSTORE's editors at [email protected]. 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