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Primark (LSE: ABF) 9M17 Trading Update: Sequential Sales Improvement and Containment of Profit Margin Erosion

Executive Summary

  • Associated British Foods reported 9M17 results for the 40 weeks ended June 24, 2017. This report focuses on the results for Primark, the company’s retail division.
  • Primark reported that its 9M17 revenues increased by 21% year over year and by 13% on a constant-currency basis. Primark increased its selling space by 13% year over year in the period. In 3Q17, revenues increased by 21% on a reported basis and by 15% on a constant-currency basis.
  • In 1H17, Primark’s operating profit margin contracted by 170 basis points, to 10.0%. Management had previously forecast further margin declines for 2H17, but now expects the FY17 operating margin and the rate of decline to be in line with those seen in 1H17.

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