- Jumia recorded decline in revenue for Q1 2021, but its marketplace revenue and gross profit rose
- The e-commerce company generated €27.4 million in three months, falling behind the €29.3 million of Q1 2020
- The drop in revenue came at a period the online marketplace reduced advertisement for its business promotion
Drop in sales and advertising expenses during the first quarter of this year dragged the company's growth down, as Jumia's revenue declined, although it was able to save profit from following the downward path.
Large chunk of this revenue is from sales of goods placed on the company's online store by merchants or companies looking to take advantage of digital technology to bridge the gap between them and faraway customers.
Jumia's revenue fell by 6.4 percent to €27.4 million in 2021 first quarter, as it failed to surpass the €29.3 million the company generated during the corresponding period of Q1 2020.
However, it generated €20.2 million as marketplace revenue between January to March, rising by 5.9 percent to surpass the €19.1 million generated last year first quarter.
According to the e-commerce financial report, it was gathered that gross profit rose by 10.9 percent as it ended the first quarter of this year with €20.4 million, against the €18.4 million that was reported the same period in 2020.
At the time it recorded gain in profit, Jumia buyers and third parties increased their marketing and advertising rate on the e-commerce platform in order to give their products more exposure. This increased Jumia's revenue from advert by 35.6 percent to €1.6 million in Q1 2021, from €1.2 million in Q1 2020.
The decline in revenue occurred as Jumia cut its sales and advertising expenses by 9.1 percent, spending €8.1 million to promote its online store in Q1 2021. A year before, Jumia had used €8.9 million to publicise its business.
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