Spar profits from changes to shopper behaviour in South Africa

The Spar Group on Wednesday (18 November), reported a 13.5% improve in turnover for the the 12 months ended September 2020, as shoppers supported native and handy retailers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and ensuing lockdown durations in its numerous markets.

The group relies in Southern Africa, Ireland, Switzerland and Poland.

Profitability was positively impacted by a change in gross sales combine as elevated residence consumption drove higher-margin grocery and recent classes, it stated. Group normalised diluted headline earnings per share elevated by 8.8%, whereas the board declared a closing dividend of 665 cents per share.

Headline earnings per share elevated by 0.5% to 1 135 cents, and normalised diluted headline earnings per share elevated by 8.8% to 1 262, it stated.

Spar Southern Africa contributed development in wholesale turnover of 5.8% to R78.6 billion. Core meals enterprise elevated gross sales by 9.2%, supported by robust demand for groceries. During this era, internally measured wholesale meals inflation has risen to 3.9%.

Spar Southern Africa turnover elevated 5.8% to R78.6 billion, reflecting the influence of the gross sales restriction on liquor, cigarette, residence meal substitute and constructing materials classes throughout lockdown and chosen continued buying and selling restrictions on sure classes thereafter.

“Although we saw large volume increases for groceries and health and beauty categories, these volumes were largely offset by the loss of liquor and cigarette sales due to the trading ban on these categories.”

Combined meals and liquor wholesale turnover development was recorded at 6.2% and ought to be seen in opposition to internally calculated meals inflation of three.9%, the retailer stated. This inflation measure has decreased from 4.1% measured at half 12 months and the three.1% reported in 2019, it stated.

Spar (core meals enterprise) noticed wholesale turnover development of 9.2% to R62.9 billion (2019: R57.6 billion), pushed by modified patterns of client shopping for in favour of native, handy and trusted retailers, in addition to elevated residence consumption, introduced on by the pandemic.

At a retail degree, turnover elevated 8.5% to R91.2 billion (2019: R84.1 billion) and recorded like-for-like retail gross sales development of seven.3%.

House manufacturers, together with Spar personal label merchandise carried out strongly. Private label wholesale gross sales elevated 14.1% to R10.5 billion, representing 16.7% of core Spar turnover. Total turnover for all home manufacturers elevated 12.1% to R15 billion, representing virtually 24% of core turnover.

The group stated it stays centered on driving natural retail development by retailer upgrades, which embody the combination of profitable in-store ideas akin to Chicken Chikka deli counters.


Store numbers elevated by 15 Spar shops throughout the assorted codecs, elevating the overall retailer numbers to 975. TOPS at Spar has been severely impacted by the buying and selling restrictions on the sale of liquor throughout and publish the lockdown in South Africa. Wholesale turnover for this enterprise declined by 15.8% to R6.4 billion (2019: 7.6 billion).

“Our retailers saw sales decline of 17.8% to R10.5 billion (2019: R12.8 billion), with like-for-like sales declining by 19.7%,” it stated. During the interval, the TOPS at Spar retailer community elevated by 20 shops on a web foundation to 842 shops, whereas 70 shops have been revamped. Total retail house for this format elevated by 3.6% (2019: 6.7%).

The Pharmacy at SPAR enterprise developed 12 new shops throughout the 12 months, rising the overall variety of pharmacy shops to 132 shops. This enterprise reported a rise in turnover of three.6% to R1 072.8 million, the group stated.

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