EIGHT East Lancashire stores are under threat after it was announced almost 100 Carphone Warehouse stores will close over the next 12 months.

The high street giant Dixons Carphone said that it will shut 92 stores as new boss Alex Baldock pledged to take action over the firm's troubled mobile phone unit.

The form has three stores each in Blackburn and Burnley, one in Accrington and one in Chorley.

However, the firm insisted that no jobs will be lost as staff will be offered the chance to move to larger outlets nearby.

Mr Baldock said: "Right now, with our international business in good shape, we're focusing early action on the UK.

"In electricals, we're focused on gross margin recovery. In mobile, we're stabilising our performance through improvements to our proposition and network agreements.

"In both, we'll work hard to improve our cost efficiency. We won't tolerate our current performance in mobile, or as a group. We know we can do a lot better."

The store closures will add to the pain on the high street, with Dixons Carphone adding its name to the long list of retailers - Carpetright, Mothercare, Byron and others - to have shuttered outlets in the face of falling consumer confidence.

Mr Baldock added that he is renegotiating contracts at Carphone Warehouse with the aim of "improving our business model", while also pointing to a difficult electricals market.

Dixons Carphone said that full year pre-tax profit is expected to come in at £382 million, down from £501 million in 2017. Next year the figure will fall to £300 million, the firm added.

Dixons Carphone added total revenue rose 3 per cent in the year to April 16, while like for like sales were up 4 per cent.

In the UK, comparable revenue grew 2 per cent and was up 1 per cent in the fourth quarter, there are 1,100 stores in the UK and Ireland in total (Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse), and the 92 stores closing represent about 1% of total selling space. All employees will be offered redeployment at other local shops.