Woolworths’ trading update provided comfort that its core business in Australian Food is doing well, but Big W and NZ both have significant challenges that will take years and money to fix. Big W may close stores and NZ is more than three years away from decent margins in our view. The industry backdrop of government scrutiny and fading food inflation will mitigate expectations.
Domino’s has delivered a post-market trading update highlighting very weak sales in Asia and slowing sales in Europe for 1H24e. The tone of the update also suggests progress, but not enough, on franchisee profitability. We expect it will take longer for store rollout to improve and as a result remain negative on valuation grounds.
Super Retail Group provided a trading update highlighting that sales held up relatively well in 1H24 and gross margins were up slightly. Like many retailers, gross margins are proving to be a cushion to the weakness in sales and elevated cost growth. We lift our EPS forecasts by 7% in FY24e and 3% in FY25e. While a positive update, we expect sales trends to be soft from here and cost growth will outstrip sales growth for two consecutive years.
Australian retailers have had a decent Christmas in 2023, particularly compared with low expectations amongst retailers and investors. Supermarkets traded solidly and electronics demand improved from very weak levels. Liquor and apparel are still trending at very low rates of growth. There is consensus upgrade risk to retailers, particularly Harvey Norman and Super Retail Group. While sales trends are slightly better, the strength of gross margin is the most significant driver of better earnings. The retailer where feedback has shifted most positively is Harvey Norman.
Search result for "" — 310 articles found