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Michael Hill International has reported a decrease in same store revenue for Australia
Michael Hill International has reported a decrease in same store revenue for Australia

Michael Hill jewellery struggles in Australia

Preliminary financial results for the second half of 2014 have indicated that Australia continues to be a “difficult” market for Michael Hill International.

Despite achieving a modest 0.8 per cent increase in overall same store sales from AU$260.1 million to AU$262.1 million, the jewellery chain recorded a drop in same store revenue for Australia.

In the six months ended 31 December 2014, same store sales in the region decreased 2.1 per cent from AU$166.6 million to AU$163.1 million, compared to the same period in 2013.

Sir Michael Hill, Michael Hill International chairman
Sir Michael Hill, Michael Hill International chairman

New Zealand fared better, finishing the year with NZ$62.8 million (AU$59.7 m) in same store sales – 4.1 per cent higher than its 2013 result.

Revenue also increased in Michael Hill’s international markets; same store sales rose 4.4 per cent from CAD$34 million (AU$34.5 m) to CAD$35.5 million (AU$36 m) in Canada, and 9.1 per cent from US$4.1 million (AU$5.1 m) to US$4.6 million (AU$5.5 m) in the US.

Furthermore, overall revenue for all stores increased 3.9 per cent to AU$279.3 million.

Company chairman Sir Michael Hill stated that over the six-month period, eight new stores opened and one closed, with 285 stores trading at 31 December 2014.

The update did not include financial information from Michael Hill’s Emma & Roe-branded outlets.

“The group is continuing to refine and test the Emma & Roe retail model,” Hill explained.

Michael Hill launched the Emma & Roe jewellery brand, which specialises in a range of charms, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and stackable rings, in April last year.

The jewellery chain’s full half-year results will be released on Friday, 13 February 2015.

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