Coles says shoppers are spending, however costs will maintain rising

Grocery store big Coles expects inflation to maintain biting within the coming months as flooding occasions and rising manufacturing prices hit suppliers.

The grocery vendor has revealed group gross sales of $9.9 billion for the three months to September, up 1.3 per cent on final yr. Grocery store gross sales rose 1.6 per cent to $8.7 billion, however liquor gross sales declined by 4.3 per cent in contrast with final yr, when buying and selling was particularly sturdy because of COVID lockdowns.

Coles Group CEO Steven Cain. Credit score:Louie Douvis

Comparable gross sales have been up 2.1 per cent in supermarkets, down 4.1 per cent in liquor and up by 9 per cent within the group’s Specific enterprise, which Coles will quickly exit as a part of a take care of Viva Vitality.

Chief government Steven Cain stated the corporate’s gross sales have been staying sturdy even now that the lockdowns had ceased, due to improved availability of merchandise in addition to value-for-money campaigns such because the grocery store’s value lock scheme.

“The profitable introduction of “Dropped and Locked” costs is extra related than ever with rising inflation putting stress on many Australian households,” he stated.

Wanting ahead, Coles was clear that whereas gross sales and volumes have been anticipated to strengthen additional in coming months, the group is anticipating inflation to maintain climbing too.


“Value value inflation is anticipated to extend within the second quarter, given the continuing degree of provider [inflation] requests in addition to additional flooding impacting provide volumes,” the corporate stated in a press release to traders on Wednesday morning.

“Coles’ companies will not be proof against the inflationary value pressures, together with the impression from elevated logistics and gas prices, wage and wages and building prices on capital expenditure tasks.”

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