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Royal Mail chief executive tops up

Royal Mail chief executive tops up

Royal Mail (RMG) recently revealed that its parcel and international logistics systems (GLS) business – previously the most resilient division – had started to show signs of weakness. Rising costs drove margins down from 7.5 per cent to 5.7 per cent, a far greater contraction that analysts had anticipated. This followed October’s profit warning, when management informed the market that missed productivity and cost-savings targets would dent operating profit. Meanwhile, a 7 per cent fall in letter volumes exceeded the expected 4 to 6 per cent decline and a 6 per cent improvement in UK parcel volumes failed to offset the damage.

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