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Group 1 Automotive posts record-high profits for 2023, will cut U.K. jobs

Group 1 Automotive reported record-breaking revenue and profits for 2023 but expects to cut roughly 10% of its U.K. workforce

Dealership conglomerate Group 1 Automotive reported record-breaking earnings for 2023 but expects to downsize its U.K. workforce in an effort to improve cost efficiency.

The dealership group generated $17.9 billion in annual revenue, an increase of 10.2%, from sales of 363,222 new and used vehicles alongside substantial contributions from its financing and fixed-ops businesses. Full-year gross profits exceeded $3 billion, a year-over-year gain of 1.9%. Both dollar amounts represent all-time highs for Group 1 Automotive and were helped by a particularly successful fourth quarter, during which the brand earned $4.5 billion (up 10.1%) and $730.6 million (up 1.6%) in revenue and profits, respectively.

Group 1 Automotive attributed its financial successes in 2023 to its parts and services business, which generated earnings of $1.2 billion and accounted for approximately 40% of the company’s annual gross profits. The dealership group also recorded $3.1 billion in revenue from its U.K. operations, another record-breaking amount.

Despite its ultimate success overseas, the brand announced that it would begin reducing its U.K. workforce within the first three months of 2024. During the fourth quarter of 2023, the company began “rebalancing” its used vehicle inventory to address declining demand for pre-owned cars in the country. As a result, Group 1 Automotive suffered losses from used vehicle sales throughout the October through December period, a trend it expects to continue into 2024. To offset declining profits, the dealership group will lay off 10% of its U.K. team, affecting roughly 300 employees, in the first quarter of 2024.

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Colin Velez
Colin Velez
Colin Velez is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. After obtaining his bachelor’s in Communication from Kennesaw State University in 2018, he kicked off his writing career by developing marketing and public relations material for various industries, including travel and fashion. Throughout the next four years, he developed a love for working with journalists and other content creators, and his passion eventually led him to his current position. Today, Colin writes news content and coordinates stories with auto-industry insiders and entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.

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