Dixons Carphone plc
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Dixons Carphone is a publicly-traded, multinational, electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, headquartered in London.
It was formed in Aug.2014 by the merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse Group. However, Dixons' roots go back to 1937, when it was founded as a photographic studio.
The company operates under a number of brands in the UK and Ireland:
- PC World: one of the UK's largest retail chains of mass market computer megastores. Website
- Currys: an electrical retailer operating in the UK and Ireland, specialising in selling home electronics and household appliances. Website
- Currys PC World: many of Curry's physical shops are increasingly dual-branded and trading under the combined "Currys PC World" brand. CH, Website
- Carphone Warehouse: a UK-based mobile phone retailer, with 2,400+ stores across Europe. In the UK and Ireland, it trades as "Carphone Warehouse", and as "Phone House" elsewhere. CH, Carphone Warehouse, Website
- Dixons Travel: an airport electrical retailer, with outlets across the UK, Ireland, Oslo, and one on the P&O Ventura Cruise. Website
- Partmaster: on-line retailer of appliance parts and electrical accessories. Website
- Team Knowhow: after-sales product support and cover. Website
Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through:
Total float: 87.6%
- 8.28% Standard Life Investments Ltd
- 6.88% Charles Dunstone
- 5.26% RWC Asset Management LLP
- 5.41% Ruffer LLP
- 5.08% Majedie Asset Management Ltd
- 4.96% Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP, ref
- 4.80% David P J Ross
- 3.73% Legal & General Investment Management Ltd
- 3.60% Newton Investment Management Ltd
- 3.40% UBS Asset Management (UK) Ltd
ToDo: History, Investors, Best Buy JV,
- Dec.13.2018: Dixons says don’t worry, be happy. Free shares for Christmas - at least £1,000-worth each for 30,000 full-time Dixons Carphone staffers. Think what’ll it do for staff retention. Just one thing, though: will the shares actually be worth anything once Mr Baldock’s finished his turnaround? Alistair Osborne, The Guardian.
- Dec.12.2018: Dixons Carphone loses £440m in six months. Electronics retailer plans cost-savings of £200m to claw back losses but rules out job cuts. The big loss came in part because the company, formed through the merger of Dixons with Carphone Warehouse in 2014, was forced to write down the value of the mobile retailing brand which is unprofitable, by £344m. Jasper Jolly, The Guardian.