Africa & Middle East news & analysis

17 February 2021
South Africa-based Shoprite has reported total sales growth (including Supermarkets RSA LiquorShop) of 4.7%, to ZAR83.4 bn (US$5.8 bn). Excluding the effect of the liquor stores, which were impacted by COVID-19 nationwide lockdown regulations, sales rose by 6.3%. Results show improving performance during the half In its home market Shoprite reported sales growth of 5.6% in the half (includi...
25 January 2021
South Africa-based, Walmart-owned Massmart has published a sales update for its 2020 financial year, noting trading its fourth quarter improved as ‘ many of the previously imposed Covid-19 related trading restrictions [were] lifted, which allowed trading to resume in most categories . However, the continued restrictions on the sale of liquor had a strong impact on its overall performance. Sale...
18 January 2021
South Africa-based Pick n Pay have announced that Richard Brasher will retire from his role as chief executive from 21 April 2021. The retailer said that Brasher will be succeeded as CEO by Pieter Boone, who was formerly the chief operating officer of Metro AG. Brasher to leave Pick n Pay in stronger position than when he arrived Brasher leaves after eight years as chief executive of Pick n...
23 November 2020
South Africa-based Woolworths has reported a 20-week trading update, saying group sales rose contracted by 2.0% in constant currency terms as restrictions implemented because of COVID-19 affected results. It said restrictions had caused lower footfall at stores that were open, while they led to unplanned store closures too. Woolworths Food remained resilient throughout… While Woolworths fac...
20 November 2020
SPAR South Africa has published full year results for the year ending September 2020, saying turnover rose 13.5% to ZAR124.3 bn (US$8.1 bn). The company’s operating profit increased by 15.6% to ZAR3.4 bn (US$220.6m), with its profitability ‘ positively impacted by a change in sales mix as increased home consumption drove higher-margin grocery and fresh categories ’. ‘ A year in crisis ’ SPA...
19 November 2020
Shoprite has reported sales growth of 3% in the first quarter of 2021, a performance that was heavily impacted by restrictions on its business in South Africa due to COVID-19. The results were a marked slowdown on its performance in the same quarter in 2019, when sales grew by 7.3%. Shoprite sees sales growth slow in Q1… Shoprite reported total sales growth of 6.0%, excluding its LiquorShop...
04 November 2020
Following updates from South Africa-based Woolworths and Walmart-owned Massmart, we round up news from the retailers. Woolworths SA invests in prices… Woolworths is to invest ZAR1.0 bn (US$61.4m) in prices over the next two to three years. ZAR750m (US$46.0m) will be invested in its food business and ZAR250m (US$15.3m) in its fashion business. In the first phase Woolworths will invest ZAR500...
28 October 2020
Following on from its results announcement , Pick n Pay has set out how it is aiming to continue to grow sales, both in South Africa and across the region more widely. To grow presence for Boxer banner Pick n Pay said it could double the number of Boxer stores to 600 in five years as it looks to target underserved low and middle-income shoppers. The retailer believes long-term growth wil...
26 October 2020
Across its operations Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), which operates the Carrefour brand across the Middle East and Africa, is looking to grow its online skill and scale quicky. The retailer, which has seen changing shopping habits because of COVID-19, has been investing heavily in its online operations as a result. We round developments from across its operations which underline its growing online capac...
23 October 2020
Pick n Pay has released interim results for the 26 weeks ending 30 August 2020. Turnover rises in H1… Pick n Pay reported comparable turnover rose 2.6% to ZAR44.2 bn (US$2.7 bn) at a total company level, with like-for-like sales rising by 1.0%. Its performance in South Africa drove its results, with comparable turnover in its home market rising by 3.4% to ZAR42.7 bn (US$2.6 bn), with like-f...