Belfast Telegraph

Rival snaps up Asda photo firm for £5m

By Ravender Sembhy

Struggling supermarket Asda has offloaded its photo business to Photo-Me International for £5.35m.

The loss-making division consists of 191 photo centres and 172 self-service kiosk sites located in Asda stores.

Last year, it racked up a £3.4m loss on sales of £19.3m.

The deal to sell the business was struck under former Asda boss Andy Clarke, who has since been replaced by Sean Clarke.

Photo-Me chief executive Serge Crasnianski said: "This is an interesting opportunity to significantly expand our UK business in a strong set of locations and increase our market share in the digital photo printing market, which we believe has growth potential in the digital age."

Mr Crasnianski added that he aimed to "improve the level of trading and overall performance over the next two years and beyond".

Last week, Asda laid bare the challenge awaiting Mr Clarke after reporting its worst quarterly performance on record.

The chain, owned by US giant Walmart and with 17 stores in Northern Ireland, posted a 7.5% fall in like-for-like sales in the second quarter.

In June, Photo-Me International said it captured a rise in full-year profits, helped by the introduction of a new Japanese identity card. Pre-tax profits rose 4.1% to £40.1m.

Belfast Telegraph