StockMarketWire.com - Land Securities swung to a half-yearly loss as a challenging backdrop for retailers weighed on its performance.

For the six months to 30 September, the company reported pre-tax losses of £147m compared with a profit of £42m on-year and revenues rose 0.4% to £225m, while earnings, or EPRA net assets a share fell 3.2% to 1,296p. 

 The combined portfolio value fell 2.8% to £13.4bn impacted by weak retail markets, in which rising costs and a more cautious consumer forced a number of retailers to file for insolvency. Like-for-like net rental income was up 1.4% to £4m.

An interim dividend of 23.2p was proposed, an increase of 2.7%.

'With a general election next month and the UK's proposed exit from the EU further delayed, we remain alert to market risks,' Land Securities said.



At 8:06am: [LON:LAND] Land Securities Group Plc share price was -7p at 885p



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