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Morrisons (LSE: MRW) 3Q17 Trading Update: 4th Consecutive Quarter of Positive Comps

Executive Summary

  • The UK’s fourth-largest grocery chain posted 3Q17 comps of 1.6%. This marked a slight sequential weakening from 2.0% growth in 2Q17, but met consensus and was the fourth consecutive quarter of positive underlying growth.
  • Total sales fell 1.2%, due to store closures and the disposal of Morrisons’ convenience-store chain later in 2015.
  • For FY17, analysts expect total sales to fall by 0.4%, but EPS to climb by 8.1%.

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