Woolworths Limited (WOW) is an Australian-based retail group specialising in the general merchandise, food and specialty retailing through its operations in different chain stores. This company has a widespread operation in Australia and New Zealand managing around 3,000 stores located in the two countries. Included in these 3,000 stores are the 965 supermarkets solely operated and managed by the Woolworths and Safeway brands in Australia. Stores under the brands Foodtown, Woolworths and Countdown in New Zealand are also under the activities and operations of Woolworths Limited.
- Woolworths have reported a Net Profit of $1.15 billion, up 19.4 percent on the prior corresponding period.
- WOW revenue from ordinary activities up 3.2 percent, year-on-year, to $30.8753 billion.
- Woolworths sales from continuing operations up 4.8 percent to $30 billion.
- Woolworths reported $30.7 billion in sales for the first half, up 3.2 percent on the previous corresponding period. (27 weeks to December 30)
- "This solid first-half result is a reflection of the sharpened focus on our core businesses and better meeting our customers needs," said Woolworths Chief executive Grant O'Brien.
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- Costco is an American big-box retail store with a club membership business model.
- Costco is listed on the Nasdaq: COST
- Costco has three warehouse stores in Australia: Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. With Melbourne’s Docklands store first opening in 2009.
- Australian Costco revenue for 2012 is at $609.5 million
- In the ASX stockmarket announcement, Woolworths said that it had signed a share sale agreement for 100 percent of the Dick Smith Electronics subsidiary to Sydney based Anchorage Capital Partners.
- Dick Smith electronics has 325 stores with 4,500 employees.
- Woolworths net profit was $1.8 billion, down 14.5 percent from $2.14 billion the previous year.
- Dick Smith value was written down to only $20 million. The company's downsizing cost Woolworths $366 million in losses.
- Sales revenue increased to $55.1 billion, up 4.8 percent.
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