Australasia news & analysis

23 May 2022
After two disrupted years, rather than a return to normality, the eating out sector is facing a new set of challenges.  The issues outlined in our UK Eating Out Market Forecasts 2022 , such as rising costs, staff shortages and financially-stretched consumers, are shared by many countries around the world.   These significant headwinds may slow recovery, however we anticipate a period of inten...
03 May 2022
Despite the impact of omicron and flooding across Australia, Woolworths has reported sales growth of 9.7% to AU$15,123m for the 13 weeks ending 3 April 2022. The retailer is outpacing Coles in Australia, but what else do the results tell us… Australian Food sales up 5.4% to AU$11,432m Although time periods are not directly comparable, growth of 5.4% compares to that of 4.2% reported by Cole...
03 May 2022
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Couche-Tard and EG Group could potentially merge, with the latter valued at around US$16bn. Where do the two businesses overlap? The convenience market in the U.S is highly fragmented, with approx. 150,000 stores trading. Couche-Tard is the second largest operator with about 7,150 sites, while EG has approx. 1,700 stores. The merger could he...
28 April 2022
Despite a quarter of significant disruption Coles has continued to see sales climb in Q3 of its latest financial year, up 3.6% to AU$9,295m. So what can we learn from the latest period? 1. Sales and inflation up, but costs up too...  Q3 was shaped by three disrupting factors; the Omicron variant of COVID-19, floods across South Australia, NSW and Queensland and subsequent knock-on supply ch...
23 February 2022
Woolworths Group has reported HY results for the period ending 2 January 2022, with sales up 8.0% to AU$31,894m, but EBIT down 11.0% to AU$1,382m. We pull out our top five learnings… 1. COVID and new revenue streams skew the big picture Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci, described the period as ‘one of the most challenging halves’ for the retailer. A focus on customers, team and the broad...
22 February 2022
Coles has released its FY22 half year results with gross sales up 1.8% to AU$21,204m and EBIT down 4.4% to AU$975m. Supermarkets' sales up 2.0% to AU$18,582m Despite being up against strong comparatives, Coles continued to drive growth within its supermarkets division, with LFL sales growth of 1.4% in Q1 and 1.6% in Q2. On a two-year basis sales remained inflated, up 9.6%. As restrictions e...
20 January 2022
We highlight five trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. RA subscribers can access the full report here . 1) Return of regional divergence COVID-19 removed a lot of the nuances between convenience stores in different markets and regions globally. Many retailers incorporated a wider selection of pantry and essential items. While some categories w...
13 January 2022
Despite the uncertainty and complexity created by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 18 months, retailers across Europe have continued to focus on and invest in store innovation to meet the changing demands of the shopper. From hydroponic herb greenhouses and walkout payment technology, to restaurant meals and refill stations, the market is developing exciting new concepts and opportunities t...
07 December 2021
Despite cycling strong performance in FY21, Metcash has reported half year results for FY22 with revenue up 1.5% to AU$8.2bn and EBIT up 13.9% to AU$231m. We pull out five key learnings and assess the outlook for H2: 1. Underlying food sales remain very healthy Food sales decline 4.9% to AU$4,561m. The decline in sales is mainly due to the cycling of the termination of its supply agreement ...
28 October 2021
Woolworths and Coles have both released Q1 FY22 results, with Woolworths sales up 7.8% to AU$16,070m and Coles sales up 1.5% to AU$9,756m. We compare the performance of both retailers and pull out the key learnings from both statements. A particularly challenging quarter for both retailers Both retailers highlighted the challenges that they have faced in Q1 with ongoing lockdowns across NSW...