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Royal Mail delivers rising profit news

18 May 2017, 12:36

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Royal Mail has reported rising full year profits, but warned that increasing levels of business uncertainty pose a risk to future prospects.

The group said that pre-tax profits rose 25 per cent to £335m in the year to March 26, with revenue rising one per cent to £9.78bn.

However, Royal Mail added that UK letter revenue slumped 5%, which it said "reflected the levels of business uncertainty following the EU referendum".

The group said: "We maintain our outlook for addressed letter volume declines of between four per cent to six per cent per annum (excluding the impact of political parties' election mailings) over the medium term but would expect to be at the higher end of the range of decline in 2017-18 if the current climate of business uncertainty persists."

Operating profit, the group's preferred measure of performance, slumped six per cent to £712m.

Chief executive Moya Greene said: "This has been a more challenging period for UK businesses and we have come through it well.

"Through a combination of our strategic approach to costs and more efficient investment spend, we will support our progressive dividend policy with the in-year trading cash generation of the group."

Parcel deliveries in the UK, where competition from the likes of FedEx and UPS has eaten into Royal Mail's market share, rose three per cent and helped mitigate falling letter sending activity.

Royal Mail added that it is on track to avoid around £600 million costs by 2018.

The company, which was privatised in 2013, is also facing the prospect of strike action over plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme next year.

The Communication Workers Union is threatening industrial action after rejecting Royal Mail's alternative proposal of a defined benefit cash balance scheme.

Royal Mail delivers rising profit news

20 May 2017, 20:12

TrueBlueTerrier wrote:http://www.in-cumbria.com/Royal-Mail-delivers-rising-profit-news-84220b64-12b6-429a-8f04-5a8ba831995b-ds

Royal Mail has reported rising full year profits, but warned that increasing levels of business uncertainty pose a risk to future prospects.

The main cause of uncertainty is RM's/Moya Greene/the board being unreasonable with regards to discussions around pensions/pay/T&C's etc. and the general outlook on the future direction of the company.

It could all end tomorrow if they stop trying to take our pensions and smashing our working conditions back to the Victorian era.

Royal Mail delivers rising profit news

22 May 2017, 12:50

Maybe you would prefer the pension to stay as it is and we could end up losing the money we have already paid in I'm just glad we were privatised or we we could have lost the pension we paid in up to 2012

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