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Woolworths (WOW) January 2024 trading update

Difficult outside the core

31 January 2024

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.

Woolworths (WOW)1Q24 sales insights

Solid but slowing sales trends

30 October 2023

Woolworths 1Q24 sales revealed good growth in its Australian Food division but weak results in NZ and Big W. Woolworths Food division is the driver of group earnings and valuation and is likely to see a further moderation in sales trends over the next year. There is a risk that the positive mix effect on sales unwinds as consumers react to higher prices and income growth is squeezed.

Harvey Norman (HVN) 2021 AGM update

Recovery post lockdown

24 November 2021

Harvey Norman provided an encouraging AGM trading update with recovering sales trends in the past two months and continued strong profit margins. Australian sales improved from -19% in July-August to -6% for September-November. Profit margins are holding up well with three-quarters of the gains seen in FY21 retained in 1H22e so far.

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