Metro Earnings Up Extra Than 26%

Fueled by rising gross sales and a tax acquire, Metro’s internet earnings rose 26.1% within the third quarter ended July.

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The corporate’s internet earnings reached $346.7 million ($1.49 per share), in comparison with $275 million ($1.14 per share) for the corresponding interval in 2022.

Quebec Group’s tax expense decreased $40.7 million because of a optimistic ruling by the Canadian Treasury Court docket on capital losses denied by the Canada Income Company on the sale of shares in its subsidiary Jean Coutu for tax years 2012 via 2014. The transactions affected the American retailer Ceremony Support, through which Jean Coutu had a stake till 2013. Metro acquired Jean Coutu in 2018.

Gross sales up almost 10%

For April, Might, and June 2023, Metro’s income grew 9.6% to $6.43 billion. Gross sales at grocery shops which were open for a minimum of a 12 months rose 9.4%.

The corporate attributes these will increase to excessive inflation and “development in market share and quantity, pushed primarily by our grocery discounters.”

“Our meals inflation was round 8.0%, decrease than the patron worth index [IPC] Grocery and decrease than the earlier quarter,” Metro stated in a press release launched on Wednesday.

In pharmacies (Metro notably owns the Jean Coutu and Brunet chains), gross sales from branches which were open for a minimum of a 12 months elevated by 5.9%.

Declining revenue margin

Metro’s gross margin reached 19.6% within the third quarter, in comparison with 19.8% in the identical interval final 12 months.

“Grocery inflation stays cussed and our groups have executed a superb job of delivering worth to our prospects,” stated Eric La Flèche, CEO of Metro.

Super C supermarket in Riviere-du-Loup

Photograph by Eric La Flèche, offered by Canadian Circle

The corporate additionally introduced Wednesday that it spent $5.1 million throughout the quarter to relaunch its Moi loyalty program, which has expanded to incorporate the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Tremendous C and Première Moisson manufacturers.