Johannesburg - SA's second-largest grocer Pick n Pay Stores
[JSE:PIK] reported a 34% fall in first-half profit on Wednesday, hit by
cautious consumer spending and tougher competition.
Pick n Pay said headline earnings per share totalled 35.9
cents in the six months to end-August compared with 54.7 cents a year earlier.
Pick n Pay has missed out on a recent bull run by domestic
rivals as it struggles to grow profits due to its late investment in its
distribution centres and slower store openings.
Earlier this month, the company named former UK head of
Tesco, Richard Brasher, as it new chief executive, a move that is expected to
help turnaround and compete against domestic rivals and Walmart.
This month it also flagged that it expected a sharp drop in
Sales increased 6% to R28.3bn and the company cut its
interim dividend by 34% to 14.75 cent.
Shares in the company have fallen more than 8% so far this year, underperforming a more than 34% surge in its closest rival Shoprite Holdings [JSE:SHP].