Shoprite Holdings Limited has reported group full-year earnings of 141 billon rand which converts to N3.86 trillion for its financial 12 months round up on july 1st 2017 with sales coming from Nigeria and Angola, two of its important markets outdoors South Africa adding strongly to group product sales.
The company documented significant development in naira sales, in spite of recession that hit the nation last year. Experts however think that Shoprite’s prominence in important commodity revenue and transfer to the product sales of primarily local items helped to weather the stormy overall economy.
Even though the South African centered retailer would not release the exact revenue figures intended for Nigeria, that announced that this grew their naira product sales in the country simply by 48. two percent back in to September 2, 2017. Shoprite likewise announced that it increased its customer numbers in the country by 38.2 percent in the year to July 2017.
“Supermarkets outside South Africa, which trades in 14 countries in the rest of Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, again produced healthy results. The 308 outlets generated sales of R24.8 billion (N682 billion), 11.7 percent higher than the corresponding period (52 weeks: 13.5%). Angola and Nigeria continue to be the top performers, despite a shortage of foreign currency in these oil-producing countries,” relating to a declaration by Shoprite released yesterday.
Throwing light on its Nigerian operations, Shoprite noted that “Restrictions on key imported lines remained a challenge in Nigeria, but through a focused marketing drive on local products ,we managed to generate a 48.2 percent sales growth (52 weeks: 50.2%) in local currency,” ” the retailer stated.
“Notwithstanding the trading difficulties, the customer base remains healthy, with the Group’s supermarkets in Nigeria increasing customers by 38.2 percent.”
The company as well said that regional products right now make up 80% of their sales in the area, a boost to localized manufacturers as well as the quest to encourage “Made-in-Nigeria” products locally and internationally.
Shoprite has twenty three stores in Nigeria, having a further two under construction.
Shoprite said Nigeria holds significant growth potential for the Group, irrespective of short-term problems, including the oil price, a devaluing currency exchange and the bar on particular imports to stem the outflow of dollars.
Headline earnings in each share, which usually exclude one time items, increased 12 percent to 10.07 rand, the Cape Town-based company said in a statement.
The shares rose 2.5 percent to 206.08 rand as of 9:23 a.m in Johannesburg, increasing the year’s gain to twenty percent and valuing the organization at at 123 billion rand ($9.4 billion)
We believe there is room for further growth as we continue to improve efficiencies and profitability, both in South Africa and beyond the country’s borders,” Chief Executive Officer, Pieter Engelbrecht stated.
With a developing urban populace seeking higher convenience and comfort whilst shopping, and with many condition governments willing to modernize trading requirements, modern grocery store retailers and non-grocery selling in addition to internet selling have posted strong growth rates, says Euromonitor within a report about Nigeria’s housing market for full retail list prices.
“We have been holding on, in spite of recession. We have managed to hold on to our ground by doing aggressive promo that is helping people come back to SPAR. We also have plans to do more innovative promos,” SPAR Nigeria marketing supervisor, John Goldsmith told BusinessDay on the phone lately.
Nigeria’s 182 million human population, which is growing at 2.6 percent rate per annum, provides a boost to retail stores. Urbanisation has forced various to main cities, increasing patronage to get products bought at such shops, while the comfort for buying home needs in an one-stop shop is usually fuelling with regard to retail stores.
This year, the Un Organisation (UN) put Nigeria’s urbanisation price at 51%, suggesting that over eighty million persons live in the cities. The UN says this quantity is growing in an annual level of 3. 5%.
Nigeria’s mono-product economy was hard strike by olive oil price levels which have slice government income by 50 % and decreased household earnings and costs significantly.
The retail sector is powered by Nigeria’s middle-class approximated at twenty-five to 30 %. Most of the items bought from stores are meals and on-the-counter products, according to a multinational company supplying food products to one of the online stores.
The success of retail stores mirrors the boom of online shops dominated by Jumia, Konga, Payporte, Kara and DealDay.
“Nigerians are getting more comfortable shopping at retail shops. We did our best last year, but it wasn’t as expected. However, there is much competition now than, say, in 2015,” a manager at a retail store in Lagos said on the condition of anonymity.