AGM Trading Statement

Source: RNS
RNS Number : 7287J
Associated British Foods PLC
07 December 2018
 

 

 

7 December 2018

 

 

Associated British Foods plc is holding its Annual General Meeting today.  At the meeting the Chairman, Michael McLintock, will say:

 

"At this early stage in our new financial year, sales and profit for the first 8 weeks of trading for the group were in line with expectations.  However, during November Primark trading was challenging, in a tough retail market, but with careful inventory management and improved margins, our expectation for the increase in Primark profit is unchanged.

 

I reiterate the Group outlook statement for the current financial year that was included in the annual report.

 

Primark's selling space expansion will continue and we expect an increase in retail profit for the year.  Following the opening of a store in Belfast tomorrow, we will be trading from 364 stores and a total selling space of 15.1m sq ft. In Grocery we expect an improvement in profit from a margin increase in our Australian and UK businesses and a full year contribution from Acetum.  The profit at AB Sugar will be significantly lower reflecting the full year effect of EU sugar prices.

 

At current exchange rates we expect no material translation or transactional effect on profit but the sterling exchange rate can be expected to be volatile given a period of intense Brexit negotiations.

 

Taking all of these factors into account, at this early stage, we still expect adjusted earnings per share for the group for this financial year to be in line with the 2018 financial year."

 

 

 

 

For further enquiries please contact:

 

Associated British Foods

 

John Bason, Finance Director

 

Tel:  020 7399 6500

 

 

 

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

 

Chris Barrie, Jos Bieneman

 

 

Tel:  020 7638 9571

 

 

 

 


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