- Greeting card retailer Card Factory said on Thursday it would swing to an annual loss and risks breaching its covenants at the end of this month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to roil the retail industry.

The company said it expected to report a yearly loss before tax of about 10 million pounds ($13.65 million), compared with a profit before tax of 65.2 million pounds a year earlier.

However, online sales continued their strong run, with a like-for-like sales growth of 137% in the 11 months to December.

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(Reporting by Aniruddha Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)

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