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Losses widen at Dawson International

Luxury knitwear manufacturer Dawson International has unveiled widening losses during the half-year to July 4.

Operating losses increased threefold to £3.1 million from 2008’s £1m, on group sales of £34.8m against £41.7m last year. Interim chairman David Bolton said that demand had been affected by the “worst economic conditions for a very long time” and that the results “while disappointing, were not unexepcted.”

Extensive restructuring has taken place during the period and Dawson International confirmed the sale of Todd & Duncan, the company’s spinning and dying operation, to Chinese operation Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere Company in the results.

Bolton said that the changes put the company in a good position to “weather the current recession and to benefit from an economic recovery.”

Dawson International is now comprised of three divisions: UK Knitwear, US Knitwear and Home Furnishings.


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