A more modest six months for Clicks than those to which we have become accustomed since Mr Kneale took over: Group turnover up 6.8% to R7.7billion to February, with Clicks itself climbing 9.6% to R5.3billion, The Body Shop up 14.5% to R67.4million, and UPD just 5% to R2.9billion, despite the addition of 30 new Clicks stores and 29 new dispensaries. The reason for the muted results, as suggested by Mr Kn. himself, is the economic headwinds faced by the middle income South African consumer in Clicks’ target market. But not to worry, he says – Clicks has increased the number of special offers, with a resulting increase in both volume and market share in the health and beauty segments. This has obviously had its impact on the bottom line, with trading profit growing more slowly at 5.7% to R363million, or 79% of the Group total of R461million. Expansion continues apace, however, with Clicks on target to achieve its 500 stores by 2015.
Comment: So really, no worries there, just not the stellar stuff we have seen in recent years.