Slowdown costs Marshalls jobs and Scottish factory

Building products manufacturer Marshalls saw group revenue fall by 13% for the first half of 2023, a trading update today (July 31) revealed. As a result, the company is cutting 250 jobs and closing its factory in Carluke, Lanarkshire. The job losses are in addition to the 150 redundancies announced at the end of last year.

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The biggest falls in revenue were in the landscape products division, which has suffered from a slow-up in new housing output and a reduction in domestic refurbishment work.

Adjusted pre-tax profit is expected to be around £33m, down from £45m.

The group is blaming “persistent weakness” in its key sectors of new build housing and private housing RMI.

As well as the closure of the Carluke factory, Marshalls also announced a reduction in shifts and capacity in other facilities, and a restructuring of its commercial team.

The company said: “These actions are expected to deliver annualised savings of approximately £9m, with around 40% of this benefit being realised in 2023. The board has reduced its capital expenditure plans without impacting critical projects, is executing a programme of surplus land disposals, and has continued to focus on efficient working capital management in order to reduce the group’s net debt.”

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