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EssilorLuxottica warns powerful financial local weather might weigh in coming yr, as income falls brief


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EssilorLuxottica SA stated Thursday that inflation and macroeconomic dynamics might have an effect on its efficiency within the coming yr, as income development slowed on the finish of 2022, however raised its dividend amid larger profitability.

The Franco-Italian eyecare main
reported 2022 gross sales of 24.49 billion euros ($25.98 billion), 7.5% larger than the yr earlier than at fixed foreign money and adjusted for the combination of Dutch retailer GrandVision.

Analysts had forecast gross sales of EUR24.62 billion, in line with a ballot of estimates compiled by FactSet.

Within the fourth quarter, development slowed to three.9% from the 8.2% the group booked the earlier quarter, due partly to a troublesome comparability base after robust development the earlier yr, EssilorLuxottica stated.

The group made an working revenue of EUR4.12 billion, in contrast with EUR3.47 billion beforehand; the working margin rose seven foundation factors to 16.8%.

Trying forward, EssilorLuxottica stated it expects tighter financial coverage and rising inflation globally to have an effect on its efficiency in 2023, however backed mid-term targets of annual natural income development within the mid-single digits to 2026, in addition to an adjusted working margin of 19%-20% by the top of the identical interval.

The group will suggest a dividend for 2022 of EUR3.23 a share, up from EUR2.51 paid final yr.

Write to Joshua Kirby at; @joshualeokirby

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