Carphone Warehouse has peachy Christmas quarter
Ends 2010 on a high
Those happy chaps at Carphone Warehouse are reporting the last three months of 2010 were top, with earnings at the high end of expectations and US expansion going well.
An interim statement from the group reports UK sales rising more than two per cent compared to the Christmas period 2009, contributing to a more modest 0.7 per cent rise across Europe.
Best Buy Mobile, the American network run by Carphone Warehouse, now has more than two million customers, while Best Buy Europe, the half-owned retailer, has six shops up and running and is successfully selling stuff online too.
Part of that is down to smartphones getting into the mid-range. The company told Reuters that Android is driving a lot of the business, explaining that as many as 20 per cent of the prepaid handsets sold over Christmas were smartphones - almost twice the proportion of the previous year.
Tablets and laptops helped too, justifying Charles Dunstone's stated aim of expanding into those markets. ®
2 (fairly) recent purchases from CarPhone Warehouse. EXCELLENT service both times. Same with after-sales service. They DESERVE to do well.
as far as im aware carphone and talktalk are two seperately listed companies after the demerger almost 12 months ago
the retail side of things is going swimmingly according to the reports
spam problem == bad management
Is this the same company as Carphone Warehouse Broadband Services? I had to block SMTP contact from their network, 126.96.36.199/11. Tons of bot spam coming in from there, and their IETF RFC 2142 abuse address ignored complaints or didn't work. None of my users has ever complained about this block.
In general, I have found spam response to be a pretty good indicator of management quality. Well run companies do not have an outbound spam problem. Companies who refuse to control their outbound spam tend to have ethical and competence issues company-wide.