Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Sports Direct International Plc LSE:SPD London Ordinary Share GB00B1QH8P22 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 470.00 469.20 469.80 0.00 00:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 3,359.5 77.5 4.6 102.2 2,505

Frasers Group PLC Store Closures during COVID-19

06/11/2020 3:10pm

RNS Non-Regulatory


Frasers Group PLC

06 November 2020

Date: 06 November 2020


(the "Company")


Following various new lockdown restrictions across in the territories in which the Frasers Group operates, we are clarifying to the market current closures:

                  Shop Closure   Expected to 
 Country           Date           open 
 Belgium            02/11/2020    15/12/2020 
                 -------------  ------------ 
 Czech Republic     22/10/2020    20/11/2020 
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 France             30/10/2020    01/12/2020 
                 -------------  ------------ 
 Republic of 
  Ireland           22/10/2020    01/12/2020 
                 -------------  ------------ 
 Poland             07/11/2020    28/11/2020 
                 -------------  ------------ 
 Slovenia           24/10/2020    08/11/2020 
                 -------------  ------------ 

In the UK, our stores in Northern Ireland and Scotland remain open. In Wales, stores are currently closed but are expected to open on Monday 9 November 2020, albeit subject to further announcements.

In England, stores closed from 5 November 2020 and are currently expected to reopen when current regulations expire after 28 days. The Government finally updated mixed retail rules for England yesterday, Thursday 6 November 2020. We note inconsistencies remain and, given Michael Gove MP chose to perform a PR stunt on TV to deflect the public's opprobrium onto Frasers Group at the start of the previous lockdown, we currently will not be opening any of our fascias in England, including those with mixed retail use that include 'essential retail.'

In our opinion, based on the fact that, amongst other matters, the Government has been unwilling, over a period of 6 months, to even clarify what it believes a "bicycle shop" is, the likes of Mr Gove are failing to provide the leadership and guidance that businesses require. Even the chaotic demises of BHS and Debenhams seem to us to be a picnic when compared to the systematic and risible mismanagement of Covid-19 by Mr Gove and his cohorts, which is causing devastation in particular to the retail sector.


 Frasers Group plc 
  Tom Piper, Company Secretary     T. 0344 245 9200 
  LEI: 213800JEGHHEAXIJDX34        E. 

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