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    Massmart H1 like-for-likes jump 7.3%


    Retail and wholesale group Massmart - in which a 51% majority stake is expected to be acquired by Walmart by April this year - has announced a 13.3% sales increase for the first half of its current financial year. Sales rose to R27.37bn (£2.4bn) in the period to December ...

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    Woolworths H1 sales up 9.8%


    Upmarket food and clothing retailer Woolworths reported group sales grew by 9.8% year-on-year in the first half ended December 26, 2010, along with positive margin development after more effective cost control. Pre-tax profit increased by 22.1% during the period. Food sales grew by 11.8%, while clothing sales were up ...

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    Woolworths sales increase 9.8%


    Food and clothing retailer Woolworths has announced that preliminary group sales increased 9.8% year on year for the 26 weeks to December 26. This compares with sector growth of 5.9% during the same period. Clothing sales grew by 11.5%, 2.3 percentage points higher than the average in comparable stores (9.2%). ...

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    NRF: Polar opposites

    January 21 2011

    The big topic at this year’s NRF convention was the polarisation of global retail. Joanna Perry reviews the key themes, while on page 24, Rebecca Thomson examines the top technological innovations on show

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    Massmart H2 sales increase 13.3% to £2.5bn


    Massmart - the company in which Walmart intends to take a 51% stake before the end of March this year - has announced its preliminary financial results for the six months to the end of December, 2010. Sales increased 13.3% to R27.5bn (£2.5bn). Like-for-like sales jumped 7.3%. The Mass discounters ...

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    Massmart launches website for extended food offer


    In the run-up to its expected acquisition by Walmart , South African retailer Massmart has launched a dedicated website for the extended food offer that has recently been piloted at a Game variety store in Cape Town. The site - at - describes Foodco as “a supermarket inside ...

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    Walmart set to acquire 51% of Massmart


    Walmart has made a cash offer of R16.5bn (£1.48bn) to buy a controlling 51% of South Africa’s Massmart Holdings, its first foray into the growing retail market in sub-Saharan Africa. Massmart will remain listed in Johannesburg if the deal is completed, it said. “The more we learn about South ...

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    A world of international retail opportunities

    October 29 2010

    Emerging markets globally have retail potential, but could any be the new China? By Tim Danaher

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    Pick n Pay H1 pre-tax profit falls by 25.5% to £61m


    The country’s second-largest grocer Pick n Pay reported that its pre-tax profit fell by 25.5% to R682.1m (£61m) in the first half to 31 August, despite sales growth of 6% to R25.2bn (£2.26bn). Chief executive Nick Badminton described the past 12 months as the most challenging the company had faced ...

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    South Africa’s Woolworths brings franchises in-house


    Department and food store operator Woolworths has announced its intention to bring all franchise operations in-house in its home market. Woolworths chief executive Simon Susman said: “We have come to the conclusion that it is no longer in the best interests of Woolworths for us to operate a local franchise ...

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    Massmart like-for-likes up 2.6%


    Retailer Massmart has published its full-year results to June 27. Group net sales amounted to R47.5bn (£4.2bn), representing growth of 10% year-on-year. Like-for-like sales increased by 2.6%.

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    Shoprite full-year profits up 18.7%


    Shoprite has revealed its full-year results to June, saying that group-wide sales increased 13.6% to R67.4bn (£5.9bn). Trading profit was also up 18.7% to R3.5bn (£308.2m).