Multi-sector retailer Woolworths – which operates supermarkets, pubs, and forecourt, liquor and electronics stores – reported group sales growth of 5.4% to AUS$49.59bn (£24.34bn) for 2008/09.

Food and alcohol sales increased 9.6% to AUS$32.8bn (£16.9bn), with comparable sales rising 7.4%. New Zealand supermarket sales were up 3.9% on last year, while Big W sales climbed 10.5%. The group’s electronic division performed well. Across Australia and New Zealand, sales reached AUS$1.5bn (£772.8m), a 9.6% increase on the previous year.