(Bloomberg) — Some consumer companies beat depressed earnings expectations but the broader outlook for the rest of the year remains murky based on forecasts from chemical producers and banks, particularly with fears of a possible resurgence in virus infections.
Gucci-owner Kering SA said it was seeing signs of a recovery through online sales even as its second-quarter revenue plunged. French grocer Carrefour SA was also boosted by a standout performance in its Latin American arm. And though U.K. high street bellwether Next Plc’s sales fell by nearly three-quarters, the expectations were even worse.
European companies’ second-quarter reports so far have