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Loblaw’s Growth Amid Customer Demand


Loblaw recently reported a rise in profit and revenue in the fourth quarter, meeting expectations as customers turn to its discount banners amidst higher food prices in Canada.

Financial Performance

In the fourth quarter, Loblaw saw earnings available to common shareholders increase to $541 million Canadian dollars ($400.6 million), or C$1.72 a share. This marked an improvement from the previous year’s C$529 million. Adjusted earnings reached C$2.00 per share, surpassing analyst projections of C$1.90 per share. Revenue grew by 3.7% to C$14.53 billion, with a 2% increase in food retail same-store sales and a 4.6% rise in drug retail same-store sales. Pharmacy and healthcare services same-store sales growth stood at 8%.

Responding to Consumer Needs

Despite food inflation, Loblaw experienced an uptick in food traffic at its grocery stores. However, the basket size per customer decreased during the quarter. To cater to evolving consumer demands, Loblaw plans to expand its discount business by introducing its NoFrills and Maxi brands to more communities nationwide.

Future Outlook

Looking ahead to 2024, Loblaw has allocated C$1.8 billion for capital expenditures to enhance its store network and distribution centers. The company anticipates continued growth in its retail business, with adjusted net earnings per share expected to increase at a high single-digit rate. Additionally, Loblaw intends to allocate a significant portion of its free cash flow towards share repurchases in the upcoming year.

Overall, Loblaw remains confident in its strong portfolio of businesses, positioning itself to provide value to customers amidst ongoing economic challenges.

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