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29-Sep-2017
(Official Notice)
As indicated in the company?s announcement on the Stock Exchange News Service on 1 September 2017 (the announcement), the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of shareholders of the company will be held at 10h00 on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 in the Auditorium of Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001 to transact the business as detailed in the Notice of AGM (the Notice).



Salient dates

Shareholders are advised that the Notice, together with a summary of the Group results for the year ended 25 June 2017, will be distributed today, Friday, 29 September 2017 to shareholders recorded in the company?s securities register as at Friday, 22 September 2017. The Notice is also available on the company?s website, www.woolworthsholdings.co.za. As indicated in the announcement, the audited Group Annual Financial Statements, Integrated Report and Good Business Journey Report of the company are already available on the company?s website.



The last day to trade in order to be eligible to attend and vote at the AGM is Tuesday, 14 November 2017 and the record date to determine which shareholders are entitled to participate and vote at the AGM is therefore Friday, 17 November 2017.



For administrative purposes only, proxy forms may be delivered as follows:

*To the company?s Transfer Secretary, Computershare Investor Services Proprietary Limited, by hand at Rosebank Towers, 15 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, 2196 or via post at P.O. Box 61051, Marshalltown 2107, or via email at proxy@computershare.co.za, by 10:00 on Friday, 24 November 2017.

*Thereafter, to the company by hand at Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001 or electronically to the Group Company Secretary at Governance@woolworths.co.za.



Any forms of proxy not submitted by this time may nevertheless be submitted to the Transfer Secretaries before the meeting or handed to the Chairman of the AGM prior to the shareholder exercising any rights at the meeting.



Shareholders are advised that in accordance with paragraph 16.20(g) and Appendix 1 to Section 11 of the JSE Listings Requirements, the company?s annual compliance report, in terms of section 13G(2) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act 46 of 2013, has been published and is available on the company?s website.

01-Sep-2017
(Official Notice)
The 2017 Integrated Report, Good Business Journey Report and Annual Financial Statements are available online on the Group?s corporate website at www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.



No change statement

The Annual Financial Statements of the Group for the 52-weeks ended 25 June 2017 contain no modifications to the Preliminary Audited Group Results which were published on SENS on Thursday, 24 August 2017.



Notice of annual general meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the company?s shareholders will be held at 10h00 on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 in the Auditorium of Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001. The Notice of the Annual General Meeting will be distributed to shareholders by no later than 30 October 2017. An announcement confirming the salient dates will be released on the date of distribution.



24-Aug-2017
(C)
Revenue for the year increased by 3.7% to R69.5 billion (2016: R67 billion). Gross profit rose by 1.1% to R26.7 billion (2016: R26.4 billion), operating profit decreased by 10.9% to R6.2 billion (2016: R7 billion), while profit attributable to shareholders of the parent was higher at R5.4 billion (2016: R4.3 billion). Furthermore, headline earnings per share fell by 7.6% to 420.9 cents per share (2016: 455.6 cents per share).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors have declared a final gross cash dividend per ordinary share (dividend) of 180.0 cents (144.0 cents net of dividend withholding tax), thereby maintaining the total dividend for the 52 weeks ended 25 June 2017 to 313.0 cents, in line with last year.



Prospects

Market conditions in the year ahead are likely to be constrained by the same economic and political conditions that impacted our performance during the year under review. We will also continue to see more structural change in both South Africa and Australia. We will continue to invest in various transformational initiatives (most notably in David Jones) and remain confident that our strategies will deliver future - fit businesses capable of long-term profitable growth. We expect our food and clothing businesses in both South Africa and Australia to continue to outperform their respective markets. Trading for the first eight weeks of the new financial year indicates no change to the recent conditions described above. Any reference to future financial performance included in this statement has not been reviewed and reported on by the Group's external auditors, and does not constitute an earnings forecast.
13-Jul-2017
(Official Notice)
22-May-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement released by the company on SENS on 24 March 2017, advising that Mr John Dixon, currently chief executive officer of David Jones, will assume the role of chief executive officer for WHL Australasia, with effect from 1st September 2017. WHL Australasia encompasses the restructured business of David Jones and Country Road Group in Australia and New Zealand.



The board announces that Mr Dixon has now been appointed as an executive director of the company with effect from 18 May 2017.





24-Mar-2017
(Official Notice)
Woolies is pleased to announce a new regional structure for its Australasian businesses, David Jones and Country Road Group.



Woolies previously announced its intent to relocate both the existing David Jones head office in Sydney and the Country Road Group head office in Melbourne to a single campus based in Richmond, Melbourne. Consistent with the desire to create a single entity benefitting from economies of scale and an aligned culture, the company is now creating a single regional corporate structure. The region will be headed by a Chief Executive Officer with a team of regional executives covering the core operational functions plus the Chief Executive Officer of Country Road Group, and Managing Directors of David Jones Food and David Jones Clothing and General Merchandise.



John Dixon, currently Chief Executive Officer of David Jones, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, Woolies Australasia, encompassing Country Road Group and David Jones and with responsibility for the Woolies?s Australasian operations with effect from 1st September 2017.



The new regional structure will have no impact on the combined headcount of the David Jones and Country Road Group businesses with approximately 1 300 employees located at the new Australasian Head Office campus following completion. Over time, Woolies expects its head office team will increase to approximately 1 500 employees.
24-Feb-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service on Thursday, 16 February 2017 in which they were advised, inter alia, that the Board of directors had resolved to declare an interim gross cash dividend to shareholders recorded in the register of the company on 10 March 2017 (?Announcement?).



Shareholders are now advised that, consequent to the announcement by Minister Gordhan of an increase in the dividend withholding tax (?DWT?) rate from 15% to 20%, in his budget speech of 22 February 2017, the DWT applicable to the gross cash dividend of 133 cents to be paid to shareholders who are not exempt from DWT is 20%.



The net dividend amount per ordinary share is accordingly 106.4 cents and not 113.05 cents as previously announced. The remainder of the Announcement is unaffected.
16-Feb-2017
(C)
Revenue for the interim period increased by 7.1% to R35.3 billion (2015: R33 billion). Gross profit rose by 5.4% to R13.9 billion (2015: R13.2 billion), operating profit lowered 3.2% to R3.7 billion (2015: R3.8 billion), profit attributable to shareholders of the parent jumped to R3.3 billion (2015: R2.4 billion), while headline earnings per share weakened by 4.3% to 242.6 cents per share (2015: 253.5 cents per share).



Dividend

The Board of Directors have declared an interim gross cash dividend per ordinary share (dividend) of 133.0 cents per share (113.05 cents net of dividend withholding tax), for the 26 weeks ended 25 December 2016, thereby maintaining the dividend as per the prior period.



Outlook

Economic and market conditions are expected to remain difficult into the second half of the financial year. The environment in both markets is expected to continue to be highly promotionally driven. Woolworths expects growth for the Group in the second half in each market to be in line with the growth in the first half.



David Jones is continuing on its transformational journey with good progress being made on the group's key transformational initiatives.



Board changes

The Board advises that Thina Siwendu, an independent non-executive director and Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee, has resigned from the Board with effect from 15 February 2017. Her resignation follows her appointment as a full-time judge of the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, Johannesburg.



Nombulelo Moholi, an independent non-executive director, will assume the role of Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee.
12-Jan-2017
(Official Notice)
Group sales for the first 26 weeks of the 2017 financial year increased by 6.7% compared to the prior year.



Woolworths Clothing and General Merchandise sales increased by 3.5%. Price movement was 7.3%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 1.2% and retail space grew by a net 2.9%.



Woolworths Food sales increased by 9.5%, with price movement of 9.2%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 5.6% and retail space grew by a net 7.9%.



David Jones? growth was affected by the timing of Boxing Day, which falls into the second half of this year as well as last year?s termination of the Dick Smith electronics concession. This negatively impacted sales growth by 2.7% and 1.6% respectively. Adjusting for both, sales were 4.0% higher than the prior year, in Australian dollar terms. Retail space grew by a net 3.4%.



Country Road Group sales was also negatively impacted by the timing of Boxing Day and positively by the inclusion of Politix sales post acquisition (-1.1% and +1.8% respectively). Adjusting for both, sales were 0.9% lower than the prior year in Australian dollar terms. Retail space, excluding Politix, grew by a net 2.2%.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 2.3% at the end of December 2016, with an annualised impairment rate for the six months ended 31 December 2016 of 5.9% (six months ended 31 December 2015: 4.8%).



Trading statement

Shareholders are advised that earnings per share (EPS) for the 26-week period ended 25 December 2016 are expected to be substantially higher than EPS for the 26-week period ended 27 December 2015, due to the profit on disposal by David Jones of its Market Street property in Sydney. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) and adjusted diluted headline earnings per share (adHEPS) for the period are expected to be lower than the prior period, as reflected below:



2015 reported (cents) - 2016 expected growth range % - 2016 expected range (cents)

* EPS : 253.7 - 30.0% to 40.0% - 329.8 to 355.2

* HEPS : 253.5 - -2.5% to -7.5% - 234.5 to 247.2

* adHEPS : 250.8 - 0% to -5.0% - 238.3 to 250.8



The Group?s interim results for the 26-week period ended 25 December 2016 are scheduled to be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 16 February 2017.
01-Dec-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that all the ordinary and special resolutions tabled at the 2016 Annual General Meeting (?AGM?) of Woolworths held on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 were approved without modification, by the requisite majority votes.



Special resolution 2 regarding the amendments to the company?s Memorandum of Incorporation will be filed with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.
14-Nov-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that as part of the Investors? Roadshow in Australia, the Group?s two subsidiaries, David Jones and Country Road Group, gave presentations which are available on the Group?s website: www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.
11-Nov-2016
(Official Notice)
Woolworths released a trading update: 19 weeks ended 6 November 2016 Group sales for the first 19 weeks of the 2017 financial year increased by 8.9%.



Woolworths Clothing and General Merchandise sales increased by 2.0%. Price movement was 7.0%. Sales in comparable stores were 0.8% lower and retail space grew by a net 2.9%. Woolworths Food sales increased by 9.1%, with price movement of 9.2%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 4.9% and retail space grew by a net 8.3%.



David Jones sales increased by 2.2% in Australian Dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores, after adjusting for the impact of the discontinued Dick Smith Electronic concession, grew by 0.6% and retail space grew by a net 3.4%. Country Road Group sales declined by 2.8% in Australian Dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores were 4.9% lower and retail space grew by a net 2.0%.



The start to the financial year in both South Africa and Australia was impacted by an extremely warm winter and consequent very high levels of promotion, as all retailers sought to clear stock. As summer arrives, we are seeing sales improve, albeit in challenging conditions in both markets. The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 2.0% at the end of October 2016, with an annualised impairment rate for the four months ended 31 October 2016 at 6.4% (four months ended 31 October 2015: 5.0%).



The Group?s interim results for the 26-week period ended 25 December 2016 are scheduled to be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 16 February 2017.
06-Oct-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the publication of the Group?s 2016 Annual Financial Statements. It has been standard practice for the Group to disclose fees paid to the Group?s external auditors for audit and non-audit services. During the process of reviewing and simplifying the disclosures in the 2016 Annual Financial Statements certain non-statutory disclosures were omitted. We have come to the conclusion, following a stakeholder engagement, that whilst the disclosure of external audit fees are no longer statutorily required, the Group?s shareholders will still benefit from the inclusion of this disclosure.



Accordingly shareholders are advised that the audit fees paid to the Group?s external auditors, Ernst - Young (?EY?) for the financial year ended June 2016, amounted to R27 million (2015: R24 million).



During the year under review, EY?s approved fees pertaining to other audit related and non-audit services were approximately 14% (2015: 40%) of the prior year?s audit fee. Further information in this regard is contained within the Report of the Audit Committee as set out in the 2016 audited Annual Financial Statements.







05-Oct-2016
(Official Notice)
WHL advises that its wholly owned subsidiary, Country Road Group had entered into an agreement with the owners of Politix to acquire 100% of the business. Politix is a market-leading retailer in Australian designer menswear with 75 stores including 31 concessions across Australia and FY2016 sales of AUD56 million.



The agreement is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent normal for a transaction of this nature. The proposed acquisition will be funded through internal resources and is expected to be immediately EPS accretive.



With a 40-year heritage, Politix is an iconic Australian men?s fashion brand with a distinctly modern and detailed DNA, which appeals to a broad base of fashion-conscious men aged 18 to 35. Former Liverpool FC and Socceroo star, Harry Kewell continues to be the brand?s key ambassador, in a long- standing association that stems back to 2008.



The acquisition is consistent with WHL?s southern hemisphere strategy of building a strong and diversified portfolio of iconic brands. Politix will add to WHL?s existing Australian stable that already includes David Jones, Country Road, Witchery, Trenery and Mimco.





27-Sep-2016
(Official Notice)
WHL announces the appointment of Scott Fyfe as Chief Executive Officer of its Australian subsidiary CRG. He replaces Matt Keogh, who is resigning from the business to pursue new career opportunities.



Scott commences in his role in early 2017 with Ian Moir, WHL Group CEO working with the CRG executive team until this time.





31-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
The 2016 Integrated Report, 2016 Good Business Journey Report and 2016 annual financial statements are available on the company?s website at www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.



No change statement

The annual financial statements of the group for the 52-weeks ended 26 June 2016 contain no changes to the preliminary group results, which were published on SENS on Thursday, 25 August 2016. The annual financial statements were audited by EY, the Group?s external auditors. The unqualified report from the auditors is available for inspection at the company?s registered office.



2016 Notice of annual general meeting and abridged group results

The 2016 annual general meeting of the shareholders of the company will be held at 10h00 on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 in the Auditorium of Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001, to transact the business as stated in the Notice of the annual general meeting contained in the Notice, and is available on the company?s website at www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.



The Notice of the Annual General Meeting, together with a summary of the 2016 Annual Financial Statements, will be posted on Monday, 26 September 2016 to shareholders who are recorded as such in the company?s securities register on Friday, 16 September 2016 being the notice record date used to determine which shareholders are entitled to receive notice of the annual general meeting.



The last day to trade in order to be entitled to vote at the annual general meeting will be Tuesday, 22 November 2016. The record date on which shareholders of the company must be registered as such in the company?s securities register in order to attend and vote at the annual general meeting is Friday, 25 November 2016. Shareholders are encouraged to forward their voting instructions to their CSDP or broker in time to be allowed to vote at the annual general meeting.



Proxy forms contained in the Notice must be lodged at the offices of the company?s transfer secretaries, Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd at 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, or posted to PO Box 61051, Marshalltown, 2107, South Africa, or emailed to proxy@computershare.co.za, to be received by no later than 10h00 on Monday, 28 November 2016.

25-Aug-2016
(C)
Revenue for the year increased by 15.3% to R67 billion (2015: R58.1 billion). Gross profit rose by 14% to R26.4 billion (2015: R23.2 billion), operating profit jumped by 24.7% to R7 billion (2015: R5.6 billion), while profit attributable to shareholders of the parent was higher at R4.3 billion (2015: R3.1 billion). Furthermore, headline earnings per share grew by 23.2% to 455.6 cents per share (2015: 369.7 cents per share).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors have declared a final gross cash dividend ("dividend") of 180.0 cents (153.0 cents net of dividend withholding tax) per ordinary share, bringing the total dividend for the 52 weeks ended 26 June 2016 to 313.0 cents per share, a 26.7% increase on last year's total dividend of 247.0 cents per share.



Outlook

Looking to the year ahead, the South African customer continues to be under pressure, and the Australian trading environment continues to be tough. Both markets are becoming more competitive with the arrival of northern hemisphere retailers and increasing promotional activity. Nonetheless, our mid-to-upper income customers are resilient and our combined Group presence continues to present us with opportunities to grow market share and drive profitability in both sub-Saharan Africa and Australasia. We are confident that our strategies are clear and our businesses are well-positioned despite the prevailing conditions.



Our transformation of David Jones continues to go well and we are on track to deliver the benefits we set out at acquisition. Since then, we have identified a major additional opportunity in relation to the introduction of an upper-end, innovative and high quality food offer in David Jones.



Trading for the first eight weeks of the new financial year has seen an improvement in South African clothing after a disappointing winter season and with good sell-throughs of the new range. Food sales have softened slightly, in line with the market. In Australia, David Jones is trading in line with its comparative market set despite now anniversarising strong growth in the prior year. Country Road Group sales are flat on last year and we continue to focus on executing our turnaround plans.
08-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
The Board of Directors of Woolworths announced the AUD360 million (R3.8 billion) sale of its Market Street property in Sydney to Australia?s Scentre Group.



Up to AUD200 million (R2.1 billion) of the sale proceeds will be used to develop the adjacent Elizabeth Street building to create a world-class 39 000m2 department store on 11 levels, offering the best of fashion and food available in the southern hemisphere. A three year lease-back of the Market Street building will ensure that the redevelopment will occur in coordinated phases (commencing in the second half of 2017) with limited disruption to David Jones? customers. The redevelopment is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019.



The David Jones Head Office, currently housed within the two Sydney buildings, will be relocated to Melbourne and consolidated onto a new campus with the Group?s other Australian subsidiary, Country Road Group. The company expects co-location to deliver synergies and productivity benefits of at least AUD10 million per annum from 2019, from a reduction in property, procurement, off-site facility and travel costs and the consolidation of external services. The company has also worked closely with the Victorian Government to structure a range of incentives to offset the cost of the re-location.
14-Jul-2016
(Official Notice)
Group sales for the 52 weeks ended June 2016 increased by 16.4% (12.0% excluding David Jones, acquired in August 2014). Group apparel sales in the second half were impacted by the late start to winter and the unseasonably warm weather experienced across the southern hemisphere.



Woolworths Clothing and General Merchandise sales increased by 8.2%, with a price movement of 6.2%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 4.4%. Net retail space grew by 4.9%.



Woolworths Food sales, including Food Service concessions, increased by 11.9%, with a price movement of 6.7%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 5.7%. Net retail space grew by 9.3%.



On a 52-week basis, David Jones sales, including concession sales, increased by 8.4% in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.0% and net retail space grew by 3.5%.



Country Road Group sales, including sales in South Africa, increased by 5.5% in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores were 3.9% lower. Net retail space grew by 6.1%, 2.7% of which was space reallocated from other brands in David Jones and, therefore, does not constitute additional space to the Group.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 2.5% at the end of June 2016, with an impairment rate for the twelve months ended 30 June 2016 at 5.7% (2015: 5.4%).



Trading statement

Shareholders are advised that earnings per share (?EPS?) and headline earnings per share (?HEPS?) for the 52-week period ended 26 June 2016 are expected to be higher than EPS and HEPS for the reported 52-week period ended 28 June 2015, as follows:

2015 reported; 2016 growth range and 2016 range (cents)

*EPS -- 337.3; 30 ? 40%; 438.5 ? 472.2

*HEPS -- 369.7; 15 ? 25%; 425.2 ? 462.1

*Adjusted diluted HEPS -- 416.4; 5 ? 10%; 437.2 ? 458.0

*WANOS (millions) -- 956.5



Included in earnings for the prior period are costs associated with the acquisitions of David Jones and the minority interest in Country Road Group as well as unrealised foreign exchange gains totalling R444 million (post-tax).



The Group?s year end results for the 52-week period ended 26 June 2016 are scheduled to be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 25 August 2016.
30-Jun-2016
(Official Notice)
At the Annual General Meeting of the company held on 30 November 2015, shareholders approved a resolution in terms of section 45 of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008, as amended (the "Companies Act") authorising the company to provide financial assistance to related or interrelated companies or corporations of the company.



Section 45(5) of the Companies Act requires a company to provide written notice to its shareholders on the adoption of a Board resolution to provide financial assistance, as envisaged in section 45(2) of the Companies Act, if the total value of all loans, debts, obligations or assistance contemplated in that resolution, together with any previous such resolution during the same financial year, exceeds one-tenth of 1% of the company?s net worth at the time of the resolution.



In accordance with section 45(5) of the Companies Act, shareholders are hereby advised that the company's Board of Directors adopted resolutions on 24 June 2016 in terms of which the company is authorised to provide financial assistance to its wholly owned subsidiary, Woolworths Proprietary Limited, as envisaged in section 45 of the Companies Act.



Prior to the Board of Directors authorising the aforementioned financial assistance, it satisfied itself, in accordance with section 45 of the Companies Act, that:

1. immediately after providing the aforementioned financial assistance, the c ompany will satisfy the solvency and liquidity test as contemplated in section 4 of the Companies Act; and

2. the terms under which the aforementioned financial assistance is proposed to be given are fair and reasonable to the company and all the applicable requirements and restrictions in respect of financial assistance as set out in the company?s Memorandum of Incorporation have been satisfied in accordance with section 45(4) of the Companies Act.
17-Jun-2016
(Official Notice)
The company is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Chantel Reddiar to the position of Group Director: Corporate Governance. Ms Reddiar is also appointed as Company Secretary to Woolworths with effect from 5 September 2016. Ms Reddiar, a qualified attorney, replaces Mr Ralph Buddle who has been acting as interim Company Secretary, since 31 January 2016.
13-Jun-2016
(Official Notice)
At the Annual General Meeting of the company held on 30 November 2015, Woolworths shareholders approved a resolution in terms of section 45 of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008, as amended (the "Companies Act") authorising the company to provide financial assistance to related or interrelated companies or corporations of the company.



Section 45(5) of the Companies Act requires a company to provide written notice to its shareholders on the adoption of a Board resolution to provide financial assistance, as envisaged in section 45(2) of the Companies Act, if the total value of all loans, debts, obligations or assistance contemplated in that resolution, together with any previous such resolution during the same financial year, exceeds one-tenth of 1% of the company?s net worth at the time of the resolution.



Woolworths shareholders are hereby advised that the company's Board of Directors adopted resolutions on 31 May 2016 in terms of which the company is authorised to provide financial assistance to its wholly owned subsidiary, Woolworths (Pty) Ltd. as envisaged in section 45 of the Companies Act.



Prior to the board authorising any financial assistance, it satisfied itself, in accordance with section 45 of the Companies Act, that:

1. immediately after providing the aforementioned financial assistance, the company will satisfy the solvency and liquidity test as contemplated in section 4 of the Companies Act; and

2. the terms under which the aforementioned financial assistance is proposed to be given are fair and reasonable to WHL and all the applicable requirements and restrictions in respect of financial assistance as set out in the company?s Memorandum of Incorporation have been satisfied in accordance with section 45(4) of the Companies Act.
07-Mar-2016
(Official Notice)
Woolworths shareholders (?Shareholders?) are referred to the announcements released by Woolworths on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Ltd. on 11 February 2016 and 19 February 2016 relating to the interim gross cash dividend (?Cash Dividend?) of 133.0 cents (113.05 cents net of dividend withholding tax) per Woolworths ordinary share.



As an alternative, Shareholders were entitled to elect to receive a capitalisation issue alternative (?Scrip Distribution Alternative?), in respect of all or part of their shareholding, by way of an issue of fully paid Woolworths ordinary shares of no par value. Shareholders who did not elect to receive the Scrip Distribution Alternative in respect of all or part of their shareholding were, by default deemed to have elected to receive the Cash Dividend.



Shareholders holding 18,1% of Woolworths ordinary shares elected to receive the Scrip Distribution Alternative, with the balance of Shareholders receiving the Cash Dividend. Accordingly, 2 920 865 Woolworths ordinary shares will be issued today to those Shareholders who elected to receive the Scrip Distribution Alternative. A gross Cash Dividend of R 1 135 087 744 will be paid today to those Shareholders who were, by default deemed to have elected to receive the Cash Dividend.



Ordinary share certificates or dividend cheques will be posted today, and electronic funds transfers, CSDP or broker accounts will be credited/updated today.
19-Feb-2016
(Official Notice)
17-Feb-2016
(Media Comment)
According to Business Report, Woolworths is getting ready for a drive coming in the next three to five years as online sales become widespread and international brands enter South Africa. To support growth, Woolworths was putting money in more outlets and positioned itself to be a fierce competitor in the southern hemisphere said chief executive Ian Moir. Internet sales for the company have continued to grow. Woolworths is modifying itself for the digital age and is putting skills, systems and strategy in place to be ready for this new age.
11-Feb-2016
(C)
14-Jan-2016
(Official Notice)
Group sales increased by 17.1% for the first 26 weeks of the 2016 financial year, over the comparable 26-week period in 2015. Excluding David Jones, Group sales increased by 12.3%. Woolworths Clothing sales increased by 11.7%, with a price movement of 6.6%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 8.0%. Net retail space grew by 7.2%. General Merchandise sales increased by 5.8% and by 2.3% in comparable stores.



Woolworths Food sales, including concessions, increased by 12.1%, with a price movement of 5.7%. Excluding concessions, Food sales increased by 11.7%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 5.8%. Net retail space grew by 9.8%. On a 26 week comparative basis, David Jones sales, including concession sales, increased by 11.2% in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew by 9.7% and net retail space grew by 1.5%.



Country Road Group sales in Australia and New Zealand increased by 13.4% in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew by 0.1% and net retail space grew by 16.4%, 14.6% of which was space reallocated from other brands in David Jones and therefore does not constitute additional space from a Group perspective. Country Road Group?s South African sales are included in the Woolworths Clothing figures. The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 7.8% at the end of December 2015, with an annualised impairment rate for the six months ended 31 December 2015 at 4.8% (six months ended 31 December 2014: 4.8%).



Trading statement

Woolworths expect that earnings per share (?EPS?) and headline earnings per share (?HEPS?) for the 26- week period ended 27 December 2015 (?period?) will be between 30-40% and 25-35% higher than the reported EPS and HEPS of 184.2 cents and 194.1 cents respectively for the 26-week period ended 28 December 2014. This translates to an expected EPS range of between 239.5 and 257.9 cents and an expected HEPS range of between 242.6 and 262.0 cents for the period. Included in earnings for the prior period are transaction and other related costs as well as unrealised foreign exchange gains totalling R427 million (post-tax).



The Group?s interim results for the 26-week period ended 27 December 2015 are scheduled to be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 11 February 2016.
17-Dec-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that Ms Thobeka Sishuba has given notice of her resignation as Company Secretary with effect from 31 January 2016.
02-Dec-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that all the resolutions tabled at the 2015 Annual General Meeting (?AGM?) of Woolies held on Monday, 30 November 2015 were passed without modification, by the requisite majority votes, cast by way of poll in each case using electronic devices.



Special resolution 2 regarding the changes to the company?s Memorandum of Incorporation will be filed with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.



Retirement of director

The Board would like to confirm the following:



Mike Leeming, the independent non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, retired from the Board of the company at the conclusion of the meeting, with effect from 30 November 2015. Hubert Brody, an independent non-executive director will assume the role of Chairman of the Audit Committee with effect from 30 November 2015.
17-Nov-2015
(Official Notice)
Trading update: 20 weeks to 15 November 2015:

*Group sales increased by 17.7% for the first 20 weeks of the 2016 financial year, over the comparable 20-week period in 2015. Excluding David Jones, Group sales increased by 11.7%

*Woolworths Clothing sales increased by 12.1%, with a price movement of 6.1%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 8.0%. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 6.7% (net of closures). General Merchandise sales increased by 8.1% and by 4.3% in comparable stores.

*Woolworths Food sales increased by 11.7%, with a price movement of 6.5%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 4.8%. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 9.2% (net of closures).

*On a pro-forma comparable basis, David Jones sales (including concession sales) increased by 12.2%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew by 10.4% and net space grew by 1.5%.



Country Road Group sales in Australia and New Zealand increased by 14.2%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores contracted by 0.1% and net space grew by 24.9%, 17.4% of which was space reallocated from other brands in David Jones and therefore does not constitute additional space from a Group perspective. Country Road Group?s South African sales are included in the Woolworths Clothing figures.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 9.2% at the end of October 2015, with an annualised impairment rate for the four months to 31 October 2015 at 5.0% (four months to 31 October 2014: 5.2%).



Shareholders are advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has not been audited, reviewed or reported upon by the Group?s external auditors.



The Group?s interim results for the 26-week period to 27 December 2015 are scheduled to be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 11 February 2016.
30-Sep-2015
(Official Notice)
10-Sep-2015
(Official Notice)
The Board of Woolies announced the appointment of Gail Kelly as an independent non-executive director of the Company, with effect from 1 October 2015.



Gail has enjoyed an illustrious banking career spanning 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia. While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group. Over the past 13 years, she has served as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of two banks in Australia ? St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015. In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail?s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services. At the time of her retirement in February this year, The Westpac Group was the country?s 2nd largest bank and the 12th largest bank in the world, in terms of market capitalisation.



Her current responsibilities include the international roles of being a Member of the Group of Thirty and the Global Board of Advisors at the US Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves as a Director of the Business Council of Australia and as the Ambassador for Women?s Empowerment for CARE Australia.
27-Aug-2015
(C)
Revenue jumped 45.4% to R58.1 billion (R39.9 billion). Gross profit rose by 49.4% to R23.2 billion (R15.5 billion) and operating profit was up 41.7% to R5.6 billion (R3.9 billion). Net attributable profit increased to R3.1 billion (R2.9 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 6.1% to 369.7cps (348.6cps).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the directors have declared a final gross cash dividend of 150.5 cents (127.925 cents net of dividend withholding tax) per ordinary share, bringing the total dividend for the 52 weeks ended 28 June 2015 to 247.0 cents per share.



Outlook

We believe that economic conditions in South Africa - Australia will remain constrained, especially in the lower and middle-income segments of the market. The upper-income segments in which we operate continue to show some resilience. Trading for the first eight weeks of the new financial year has been positive. The transformation and integration of David Jones is progressing ahead of expectations.



Annual General Meeting

Shareholders are advised that the 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held at 10h00 on Monday, 30 November 2015 in the Auditorium of Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001.
16-Jul-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement released by Woolies on the Stock Exchange News Services of the JSE Ltd. on 15 July 2015 regarding the launch of an accelerated book build offering of ordinary shares in Woolies by the trustees of the Woolworths Employee Share Ownership Trust ("Trustees"), acting on behalf of certain participants (?Eligible Employees?) of the Woolies black economic empowerment transaction (the ?Book Build?).



Woolies and the Trustees announced that the Book Build was successfully priced and closed prior to the market closing on 15 July, 2015.



The Book Build was substantially oversubscribed and 20 192 370 Woolies ordinary shares held by the Eligible Employees (?Book Build Shares?) were placed with qualifying institutional investors at a price of R97.00 per Book Build Share (?Book Build Price?).



The Book Build Price represents a premium of 1.3% to the 30 day VWAP of R95.80 and a premium of 2.3% to the closing price of the Woolies ordinary shares on 14 July, 2015.



Woolies and the Trustees would like to thank all investors that submitted bids and participated in the Book Build.
15-Jul-2015
(Official Notice)
15-Jul-2015
(Official Notice)
Group sales increased by 54.9% for the 52 weeks of the 2015 financial year over the comparable 52-week period in 2014. Excluding the impact of David Jones, Group sales grew 12.0%.



Woolworths Food sales increased by 13.5%, with a price movement of 7.7%. Sales in comparable stores grew 6.6%. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew 10.0% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions).



Woolworths Clothing sales in South Africa increased by 9.6% and by 4.0% in comparable stores. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew 7.1% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions). General Merchandise sales increased by 7.7% and by 5.6% in comparable stores.



David Jones sales are included from the effective date of the acquisition on 1 August 2014. A strong second half performance led to full year sales (including concession sales) increasing by 6.4%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew 3.7% and net space grew 1.3%.



Country Road Group sales in Australia and New Zealand increased by 11.5%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew 4.7% and net space grew 23.1%, 17.0% of which was space reallocated from other brands in David Jones during the last quarter and therefore does not constitute additional space from a Group perspective. Country Road Group?s South African sales are included in the Woolworths Clothing figures.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 10.5% at the end of June 2015, with an impairment rate for the twelve months to 28 June 2015 at 5.4% (2014: 4.8%).



Shareholders are advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has not been audited, reviewed or reported upon by the Group?s external auditors.



The Group?s year end results for the 52-week period to 28 June 2015 are scheduled to be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 27 August 2015.
15-May-2015
(Official Notice)
As part of an investor visit to Australia, the Group?s two subsidiaries in the country, David Jones and Country Road Group, gave presentations which are now available on the Group?s website: www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.

17-Feb-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the directors dealings announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service, wherein it was disclosed that Simon Susman sold shares on 16 February 2015. Shareholders are now advised that the transaction in fact took place on 13 February 2015 and not 16 February 2015 as announced on 16 February 2015 .
12-Feb-2015
(C)
Revenue for the interim period jumped by 46.3% to R28.5 billion (2013: R19.5 billion). Gross profit shot up by 52% to R11.5 billion (2013: R7.6 billion), operating profit rose by 44.5% to R3 billion (2013: R2.1 billion), while profit attributable to shareholders of the parent was higher at R1.6 billion (2013: R1.5 billion). Furthermore, headline earnings per share was 5.7% higher at 194.1cps (2013: 183.6cps).



Dividend

Notice was given that the directors have declared an interim gross cash dividend of 96.5cps (82.025cps net of dividend withholding tax) per ordinary share for the 26 weeks ended 28 December 2014. The dividend has been declared from income reserves and a dividend withholding tax of 15% will be applicable to all shareholders who are not exempt.



Outlook

Woolies believes that economic conditions in South Africa will remain constrained, especially in the lower and middle income segments of the market where consumer debt levels are still recovering. Sales may be further impacted by load shedding. The upper income segment in which Woolies operates continues to show resilience. The company continues to trade ahead of the market and trading for the first six weeks of the new financial year has been positive. In Australia there are early signs of an improved retail environment and the company expects sales in both David Jones and the Country Road Group to be ahead of the market.
15-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
Group sales increased by 55.2% for the first 26 weeks of the 2015 financial year over the comparable 26-week period in 2014. Excluding the impact of David Jones, Group sales grew by 12.5%.



Food sales increased by 14.1%, with a price movement of 9.5%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 8.2%. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 10.7% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions).



Clothing sales in South Africa increased by 9.4% and by 3.4% in comparable stores. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 5.7% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions).



General merchandise sales increased by 8.3% and by 5.3% in comparable stores.



David Jones sales are included from the effective date of the acquisition on 1 August 2014. For comparability, sales (including concession sales) increased by 2.0%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores contracted by 0.1% and net space grew by 5.4%.



Country Road Group sales in Australia and New Zealand increased by 8.2%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew by 5.3% and net space grew by 9.0%. Country Road Group?s South African sales are included in the South African clothing figures.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 10.3% at the end of December 2014, with an annualised impairment rate for the six months to 31 December 2014 at 4.8% (six months to 31 December 2013: 4.3%).



The Group?s interim results for the 26-week period to 28 December 2014 are scheduled to be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 12 February 2015.
28-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that all the resolutions tabled at the annual general meeting ("meeting") of Woolies held on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 were passed without modification, by the requisite majority votes, cast by way of poll in each case.



The total number of issued shares in the capital of Woolworths is 1 014 808 547 and the total votable shares represented in person or by proxy at the meeting was 935 685 617. The total number of issued shares represented at the meeting in person or by proxy was 736 426 483, being 78.70% of the votable shares.



Special resolution 3 regarding the changes to the company's Memorandum of Incorporation will be filed with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.



Retirement of director

The board would like to confirm the following:

Chris Nissen, the independent non-executive director and Chairman of the Social and ethics committee retired from the board of the Company at the conclusion of the meeting, with effect from 26 November 2014.



Thina Siwendu, an independent non-executive director will assume the role of Chairman of the Social and ethics committee with effect from 26 November 2014.
20-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
The Group has issued this trading update in anticipation of its Annual General Meeting to be held on 26 November 2014.



Group sales increased by 47.5% for the first 20 weeks of the 2015 financial year over the comparable 20-week period in 2014. Excluding the impact of David Jones, Group sales grew by 11.9%.



Clothing sales in South Africa increased by 8.8% and by 3.4% in comparable stores, notwithstanding a significantly lower clearance sale in August. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 7.1% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions).



General merchandise sales increased by 7.2% and by 2.6% in comparable stores.



Food sales increased by 13.3%, with a price movement of 9.3%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.9%. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 11.1% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions).



Country Road Group sales in Australia and New Zealand increased by 7.9%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew by 5.8% and net space grew by 5.1%. Country Road Group's South African sales are included in the South African clothing figures.



David Jones sales are included from the effective date of the acquisition on 1 August 2014. For comparability, sales increased by 1.6%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores grew by 0.1% and net space grew by 5.4%.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors' book reflected year-on-year growth of 9.4% at the end of October 2014, with the annualised impairment rate for the four months to 31 October 2014 at 5.2% (four months to 31 October 2013: 5.0%).



Shareholders are advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has not been audited, reviewed or reported upon by the Group's external auditors.



The Group's interim results for the 26-week period to 28 December 2014 are scheduled to be announced on or about 12 February 2015.

09-Oct-2014
(Official Notice)
The board of Woolies announced the appointment of Patrick Allaway as a non- executive director of the company with effect from 1 December 2014.
30-Sep-2014
(Official Notice)
The 2014 Integrated Report, 2014 Good Business Journey Report and 2014 Annual Financial Statements Report are available on the company's website at www.woolworthsholdings.co.za, with effect from Tuesday, 30 September 2014.



No change statement

The Annual Financial Statements of the group for the 52-weeks ended 29 June 2014 contain no changes to the Abridged group Results which were published on SENS on Thursday, 28 August 2014. The Annual Financial statements were audited by EY the group's external auditors. The unqualified report from the auditors is available for inspection at the company's registered office.



2014 notice of Annual General Meeting and abridged group results ("notice report")

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the shareholders of Woolies will be held at 10h00 on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 in the Auditorium of Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001, to transact the business as stated in the Notice of the Annual General Meeting contained in the Notice Report.



The Notice of the Annual General Meeting will be sent to shareholders who are recorded as such in the company's securities register on Friday, 10 October 2014 being the notice record date used to determine which shareholders are entitled to receive notice of the Annual general meeting. The Notice report will also be made available on the company's website at www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.



The last day to trade in order to be entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting will be Friday, 7 November 2014. The record date on which shareholders of the company must be registered as such in the company's securities register in order to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting is Friday, 14 November 2014. Shareholders are encouraged to forward their voting instructions to their CSDP or broker in time to be allowed to vote at the Annual General Meeting.



Proxy forms contained in the Notice report must be lodged at the offices of Woolies transfer secretaries, Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd at 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, or posted to PO Box 61051, Marshalltown, 2107, South Africa, or emailed to proxy@computershare.co.za, to be received by no later than 10h00 on Monday, 24 November 2014.
29-Sep-2014
(Official Notice)
17-Sep-2014
(Official Notice)
02-Sep-2014
(Official Notice)
29-Aug-2014
(Official Notice)
28-Aug-2014
(C)
12-Aug-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolies advised shareholders that its subsidiary, Country Road Group (CTY) listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and suspended from quotation on 4 August 2014, announced the immediate resignation of Iain Nairn as Chief Executive Officer and appointment of Matthew Keogh in his stead. Iain Nairn has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of David Jones Ltd. (DJ) recently acquired by Woolies.



Woolies owns over 99% of CTY and is in the process of compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares.
08-Aug-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolies advised shareholders that its subsidiary, Country Road Group, have released their Appendix 4E Preliminary Final Report for the period ended 28 June 2014. Full details are available on the ASX and the Country Road website. Shareholders are further advised that Country Road Shares were suspended from quotation on ASX on 4 August 2014. On the current timetable, Country Road expects completion of the compulsory acquisition process and the delisting of Country Road to occur in early September 2014.
01-Aug-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolies advised that the previously announced scheme of arrangement between David Jones Ltd. ("David Jones") and Vela Investments (Pty) Ltd. ("Vela Investments") a subsidiary of Woolies, was implemented on 1 August 2014. Woolies, through Vela Investments, now holds all the ordinary shares in David Jones. The Scheme Consideration of AUD4.00 for each David Jones share held on the Scheme Record Date (Friday, 25 July 2014) will be paid to the David Jones shareholders on 1 August 2014.



David Jones will apply for termination of the official quotation of its shares on the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX") and for David Jones to be removed from the official list of ASX from the close of trading on Monday, 4 August 2014.
25-Jul-2014
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement released earlier today, Woolies announced that it has achieved over 90% relevant interest in Country Road Ltd. ("Country Road"). As a result of acceptances received in respect of its takeover offer (made via Woolworths International (Australia) II (Pty) Ltd.) for Country Road, Woolies today, 25 July 2014, has a relevant interest in 99.84% of Country Road.



Woolies intends to proceed to commence compulsory acquisition of all outstanding Country Road shares on Monday 28 July 2014.
25-Jul-2014
(Official Notice)
WHL is pleased to announce that it has today received approval from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board for its takeover offer ("Offer") (made via Woolworths International (Australia) II Pty Ltd.) for the remaining shares in Country Road Ltd. ("Country Road"), of which details were released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Limited on 24 June 2014.

Accordingly, the final outstanding condition to the Offer has been satisfied and the Offer is now unconditional.

As at 7pm on 23 July 2014, WHL?s relevant interest in Country Road was 87.92%.



Upon WHL obtaining a relevant interest in Country Road shares of at least 90%, WHL intends to proceed to compulsory acquisition of all outstanding Country Road shares. Country Road shareholders who do not accept the Offer before the close of the Offer and whose shares are subject to compulsory acquisition will not be paid until at least September 2014.



It is expected that the Australian Securities Exchange will suspend quotation of Country Road shares 5 business days after compulsory acquisition notices are sent.
17-Jul-2014
(Official Notice)
WHL advise that the Federal Court of Australia (the Court) has made orders approving the Scheme of Arrangement (the Scheme) between David Jones Ltd (David Jones) and its shareholders in terms of which WHL will acquire the entire issued share capital of David Jones (the Acquisition).



David Jones intends to lodge a copy of the orders of the Court approving the Scheme with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission on Friday, 18 July 2014, at which point the Scheme will become effective. This will then satisfy the final remaining condition precedent to the Acquisition. David Jones will apply for its shares to be suspended from trading at the close of trading on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday, 18 July 2014. Implementation of the Acquisition is expected to occur on or about Friday, 1 August 2014 after which David Jones will become a wholly owned subsidiary of WHL.
17-Jul-2014
(Official Notice)
The year ended 29 June 2014 had 52 trading weeks compared to 53 weeks for the year ended 30 June 2013. Group sales increased by 14.4% for the 52 weeks of the 2014 financial year over the corresponding 52-week period in 2013 (12.7% on a 52:53 weeks basis). Sales in comparable stores grew by 9.1% (52:53 weeks: 7.4%).



Clothing sales in South Africa increased by 10.6% (52:53 weeks: 8.4%), with a price movement of 8.8%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 8.6% (52:53 weeks: 6.4%). Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 5.3% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions).



Food sales grew by 14.8% (52:53 weeks: 12.7%), with a price movement of 7.9%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 10.7% (52:53 weeks: 8.7%). Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 8.2% (net of closures and excluding franchise conversions). General merchandise sales grew by 7.1% (52:53 weeks: 5.1%) and by 4.2% (52:53 weeks: 2.3%) in comparable stores, with a price movement of 2.6%.



Sales in Australia and New Zealand, including the Witchery Group, increased by 20.3%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores increased by 7.2% and net space, excluding the Witchery Group acquisition, grew 4.2%. The Country Road Group did not have a 53-week period last year. Country Road Group?s South African sales are included in the South African clothing figures. The Woolworths Financial Services debtors? book reflected year-on-year growth of 10.8% at the end of June 2014, with the impairment rate, inclusive of collection costs, for the year at 4.8% (2013: 3.0% restated to include collection costs).



Shareholders are advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has not been audited, reviewed or reported upon by the Group's external auditors. The Group's year end results for the 52-week period to 29 June 2014 are scheduled to be announced on or about 28 August 2014.
16-Jul-2014
(Media Comment)
According to Business Report Woolworths will soon know if the Australian court approves of its R22.3 billion deal to buy department store chain David Jones. This week David Jones shareholders voted in favour of the move, which Woolworths chief executive Ian Moir described as a step closer to creating a leading southern hemisphere retail business with the necessary scale and common seasonality to deliver substantial benefits to the company and customers.
14-Jul-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolies advised that at the scheme meeting of David Jones Ltd. ("David Jones"), David Jones' shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the scheme of arrangement ("the Scheme") under which Woolies (through its Australian subsidiary Vela Investments Pty Ltd.), will acquire all of the issued ordinary shares in David Jones ("the Acquisition").



The full results of David Jones' shareholder voting was released earlier today, and is available on the Company Announcements Platform of Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX") hosted at www.asx.com.au. David Jones has applied to the Federal Court of Australia for approval of the Scheme at a hearing scheduled for Thursday, 17 July 2014. If approved, the Scheme will become effective on Friday, 18 July 2014.



Implementation of the Acquisition is expected to occur on or about Friday, 1 August 2014 after which David Jones will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Woolies. A further announcement providing shareholders with an update in this regard will be released in due course.
07-Jul-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolworths advises shareholders that its subsidiary, Country Road Group (CTY) listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) has released its unaudited and unreviewed trading update and profit guidance for the year ended 28 June 2014. Full details are available on the ASX and the Country Road website.
03-Jul-2014
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of Woolies announced that Nombulelo (Pinky) Moholi and Hubert Brody have been appointed as Independent non-executive directors of the company with effect from 1 July 2014.
30-Jun-2014
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of WHL (Shareholders) are advised that the Company has informed David Jones and its shareholders that the offer price under the proposed scheme of arrangement (the Scheme) of Aud4.00 per David Jones share is its best and final offer, subject to no competing proposal emerging. Accordingly, subject to no competing proposal emerging, the Company will not increase the offer price under the Scheme. David Jones has released an announcement on the Australian Stock Exchange(ASX), advising its shareholders accordingly.



Further to the announcement dated 24 June 2014 in respect of the proposed cash offer by WHL to acquire all of the ordinary shares that it does not already own in Country Road at a price of AUD17.00 per share (the Offer), Shareholders are advised that WHL released an announcement on the ASX today declaring that the Offer is its best and final offer and that WHL will not increase the offer price.



The Offer remains subject to following conditions:

*Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval;

*the Scheme becoming effective;

*no regulatory action restraining, prohibiting or impeding the Offer; and

*no prescribed occurrences.



It is WHL's intention that, upon the Scheme becoming effective, it will waive the regulatory action and prescribed occurrence conditions. This will, at that time, leave the Offer subject only to the FIRB approval. A further announcement providing Shareholders with an update in respect of the Scheme and the Offer will be made as appropriate.
24-Jun-2014
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were advised that Woolies has announced on the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX") its intention to make an offer to all shareholders in Country Road, a company listed on the ASX, to acquire the remaining shares in Country Road not already owned by the WHL group. The offer is for a cash consideration of AUD17.00 per share (the "Offer").



Woolies already has a relevant interest in 87.88% of the issued shares in Country Road. Accordingly, the total cash consideration for the remaining shares under the Offer is
AUD213 million (approximately R2.1 billion) (the "Offer Consideration").*



The Offer is expected to be made by Woolies' wholly-owned subsidiary, Woolworths International (Australia) Pty Ltd. ("WIA") or another wholly-owned subsidiary of WHL.



If Woolies acquires more than 90% of the shares of Country Road it will be entitled to compulsorily acquire the remaining Country Road shares. If the Offer is successfully implemented, Country Road will become a wholly-owned subsidiary within the Woolies group and will be delisted from the ASX. The Offer is not a categorised transaction in terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Ltd., and accordingly this is a voluntary announcement.



* Unless otherwise noted, all AUD figures have been converted at the AUD/ZAR exchange rate of ZAR10.05/AUD1.00, the spot rate as at ASX close on 23 June 2014.



Salient details and conditions precedent

Woolies intends to fund the Offer through new debt facilities raised by WIA, or another wholly-owned subsidiary of Woolies, from Australian banks. The additional debt funding to be raised is not expected to impact Woolies dividend payout policy, nor its ability to service its current debt funding commitments.



The successful completion of the Offer is subject to conditions precedent, including, inter alia, the David Jones scheme announced to Woolies shareholders on 9 April 2014 becoming effective and approval of the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board.



A further announcement regarding the fulfilment or waiver (as applicable) of the conditions precedent to the Offer will be made as appropriate.



Indicative timing

Further information will be contained in the Bidder's Statement to be lodged shortly with the ASX. A copy of the Bidder's Statement will be included on Woolies website.
20-Jun-2014
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of the company held in November 2013, Woolies shareholders approved a resolution in terms of section 45 of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008, as amended (the "Companies Act") authorising the company to provide financial assistance to related or interrelated companies or corporations to the company.



Section 45(5) of the Companies Act requires a company to provide written notice to its shareholders of the adoption of a board resolution to provide financial assistance, as envisaged in section 45(2) of the Companies Act, if the total value of all loans, debts, obligations or assistance contemplated in that resolution, together with any previous such resolution during the same financial year, exceeds one-tenth of 1% of the company's net worth at the time of the resolution.



Woolies shareholders are advised that the company's board of directors adopted a resolution on 6 June 2014 in terms of which the company is authorised to provide financial assistance to related or interrelated companies or corporations to the company, as envisaged in section 45 of the Companies Act, in respect of the proposed acquisition of David Jones Limited as described in the circular to Woolies shareholders, and the related announcement to Woolies shareholders, issued by the company on 16 May 2014.



In terms of section 45(5) of the Companies Act, Woolies shareholders are advised that the Woolies board is satisfied that:

* immediately after providing the aforementioned financial assistance, the company will satisfy the solvency and liquidity test as contemplated in section 4 of the Companies Act; and

* the terms under which the aforementioned financial assistance is proposed to be given are fair and reasonable to Woolies and all the applicable requirements and restrictions in respect of financial assistance as set out in the company's Memorandum of Incorporation have been satisfied in accordance with section 45(4) of the Companies Act.
19-Jun-2014
(Official Notice)
17-Jun-2014
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of Woolies were referred to the announcements released on SENS on 9 April 2014 and 16 May 2014, relating to the proposed acquisition by Woolies of the entire issued share capital of David Jones Ltd. ("David Jones"), an iconic Australian department store retailer ("the Proposed Acquisition").



Shareholders are advised that at the general meeting of Shareholders all the resolutions necessary to implement the Proposed Acquisition and matters relating to the proposed rights offer, were approved by the requisite majority of Shareholders which was in all cases in excess of 99%, other than Special Resolution Number 4 which approval was above 97%. The special resolutions will be lodged with the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission in due course.



Shareholders are further advised that the David Jones scheme meeting is scheduled to take place on 30 June 2014 and the Proposed Acquisition is expected to be completed on 17 July 2014. Accordingly, a further announcement providing Shareholders with an update in this regard will be released at such time.
20-May-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolies advised shareholders that its subsidiary, Country Road Group (CTY) listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), have announced that they have committed to a distribution and fulfilment transformation project to enable CTY to deliver on its growth strategy.
16-May-2014
(Official Notice)
As the Pro Forma Financial Effects have now been released, Woolies Shareholders no longer need to exercise caution when dealing in their Woolies securities.
16-May-2014
(Official Notice)
09-Apr-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolies shareholders were advised that the company is in the process of completing the pro forma financial effects of the Proposed Acquisition (the "Pro Forma Financial Effects") and will release a further announcement setting out the Pro Forma Financial Effects in due course. Accordingly, Woolies Shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in their Woolies securities until such information is released.
09-Apr-2014
(Official Notice)
17-Feb-2014
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Woolies intends to establish 18 Country Road and Trenery stores in the country within the next three years. Woolies is also expected to launch Australian brands Witchery and Mimco in South Africa in March and the group is looking forward to open up to 47 stores in the country within the same period. CEO Ian Moir said there is great opportunity for the group to increase market share in the southern hemisphere and benefit from economies of scale as the group expands.
13-Feb-2014
(C)
Revenue increased by 16% to R19.5 billion (R16.8 billion). Gross profit was up 18.7% to R7.6 billion (R6.4 billion). Operating profit improved by 22.9% to R2.1 billion (R1.7 billion). Net attributable profit rose to R1.5 billion (R1.3 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 17.2% to 192.4cps (164.2cps).



Cash dividend declaration

Notice is hereby given that the directors have declared an interim gross cash dividend of 101cps for the 26 weeks ended 29 December 2013.



Prospects

Woolworths believe that economic conditions in South Africa will remain constrained, especially in the lower and middle income segments of the market where consumer debt levels remain under pressure. However the upper income segment in which we operate continues to show resilience. Trading for the first six weeks of the second half of the financial year has been positive, and we expect sales growth to be broadly in line with the first half. In Australia, where consumer confidence remains cautious, there are signs of an improved retail market and we expect sales to be ahead of the market. Any reference to future financial performance included in this statement has not been reviewed and reported on by the company's external auditors and does not constitute an earnings forecast.

10-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
The Chairman and the board of Woolworths advised that Brett Kaplan will be retiring from the position of MD for Clothing and General Merchandise by the end of year 2014. Brett has been with the business for 37 years, the last six years as Group Director Clothing Buying and more recently the MD of Clothing and General Merchandise.



The board is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr Christo Claassen as MD Elect of the Clothing and General Merchandise business. Christo is a Chartered Accountant by training, with an MBA in Retailing. He has had a diverse career spending the majority of his time in the retail industry. Currently he holds the Chief Executive position of the Legit and Jet division at Edcon. We welcome him to Woolworths.



He will take up his position on 1 July 2014 and will work with Brett to ensure a smooth transition and handover over the ensuing months.
03-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
Woolworths advised shareholders that its subsidiary, Country Road Group ("CTY") listed on the Australian Stock Exchange ("ASX") have released their half year report and accounts for the period ended 28 December 2013. Full details are available on the ASX and the Country Road website.
15-Jan-2014
(Official Notice)
Clothing sales in South Africa increased by 10.7% for the first 26 weeks of the 2014 financial year over the comparable 26 week period in 2013, with price movement of 5.0%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 8.8%. Retail space including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 4.2% (net of closures) since December 2012. Food sales grew by 15.3% with a price movement of 7.2%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 11.8%. Retail space including stores in the rest of Africa grew by 5.9% (net of closures) since December 2012. General merchandise grew by 6.9% and by 5.1% in comparable stores.



Woolies stores were closed on 15 December for the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Sales in Australia and New Zealand, including the Witchery group, increased by 28.9%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores increased by 5.5% and net space, excluding the Witchery group acquisition, grew 4.2%. Country Road's South African sales are included in the South African clothing figures.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors' book reflected year on year growth of 13.8% at the end of December 2013, with the annualised impairment rate, inclusive of collection costs, for the six months to December 2013 at 4.3% (six months to December 2012: 2.7% restated to include collection costs). The Group's interim results for the 26 week period to 29 December 2013 are scheduled to be announced on or about 13 February 2014.
02-Dec-2013
(Media Comment)
According to Business Report. Wollies opened doors to the biggest food market in Somer West near Cape Town and intends to open more of these stores. The new store is very spacious and houses an in-store sushi bar, fishmonger, butchery, restaurant and extended fresh food area. Ian Moir, chief executive said the new food store made the company more competitive by allowing customers to do all their shopping in the store.
26-Nov-2013
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that all the resolutions tabled at the annual general meeting (meeting) of Woolworths held today, 26 November 2013 were passed without modification, by the requisite majority votes, cast by way of poll in each case. Shareholders holding 72.93% of the voting rights were represented at the meeting. As advised on 11 October 2013 resolution 5.2, the appointment of Lindiwe Bakoro as a member of the audit committee, was withdrawn as she was no longer available for appointment.



The board would like to confirm the following:

*Norman Thomson, the executive finance director, retired from the board of the company at the conclusion of the annual general meeting.

*Lindiwe Bakoro, a non-executive director, also retired from the board at the conclusion of the annual general meeting.



Shareholders have approved the election of Reeza Isaacs as a director to the board of Woolworths. Reeza will assume the responsibilities of the Finance director of the company with immediate effect.
20-Nov-2013
(Official Notice)
The Group has issued this trading update in anticipation of its Annual General Meeting to be held on 26 November 2013. Clothing sales in South Africa increased by 11% for the first 20 weeks of the 2014 financial year over the comparable period in 2013, with a price movement of 4.5%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 9.4%. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 4.6%, net of closures, since the comparable period in 2012. Food sales grew by 16.7% with a price movement of 7.4%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 13.3%. Retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 5.3%, net of closures, since the comparable period in 2012. General merchandise grew by 5.5% and by 3.9% in comparable stores.



Sales in Australia and New Zealand, including the Witchery group, increased 51.0%, in Australian dollar terms. Sales in comparable stores increased by 7.1% and net space, excluding the Witchery group acquisition, grew 1.9%. Country Road's South African sales are included in the South African clothing figures. The Woolworths Financial Services debtors' book reflected year on year growth of 15.4% at the end of October 2013, with the annualised impairment rate for the four months to October 2013 at 5.0% (four months to October 2012: 3%). The Group's interim results for the 26 week period to 29 December 2013 are scheduled to be announced on or about 13 February 2014.
04-Nov-2013
(Official Notice)
A SENS announcement was published on Friday, 11 October 2013 announcing the retirement of Lindiwe Bakoro at the conclusion of the company's annual general meeting on Tuesday, 26 November 2013. Ordinary resolution 5.2 of the 2013 Notice of annual general meeting, proposes that Lindiwe Bakoro be re-elected as a member of the Audit committee. As a result of her retirement, this resolution has now been withdrawn.



Shareholders are requested to disregard this resolution when preparing their proxy for voting at the company's annual general meeting. A revised proxy form has been posted on the company's website, www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.
01-Nov-2013
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that Woolies is pioneering a new method of farming that aims to help farmers grow quality produce while protecting the environment, preserving natural resources and lowering dependence on synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. Woolies would try and do this without adding anything to the price that the consumer pays. Chairman Simon Sussman commented that Woolies was continuing to increase profits while lowering costs and benefiting communities and the environment, contradicting commonly held beliefs that that this was not possible.
11-Oct-2013
(Official Notice)
The board of Woolworths Holdings advise that Lindiwe Bakoro will retire as non-executive director from the board at the conclusion of the annual general meeting of the Company to be held on 26 November 2013.
03-Oct-2013
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that Woolies indicated that its expansion plans in Kenya the rest of the East African region are unlikely to be affected by the attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall, where the retailer has a store. Woolies said it reviews its investment risk in all its markets on an ongoing basis and the group is watching developments with its partners very closely.
30-Sep-2013
(Official Notice)
The Integrated report, Good business journey report and the annual financial statements will be made available on the company's website at www.woolworthsholdings.co.za, with effect from 30 September 2013.



No change statement

The annual financial statements of the group for the year ended 30 June 2013 contain no changes to the abridged audited group results which were published on SENS on 29 August 2013.



Annual general meeting

The 2013 Annual general meeting of the shareholders of Woolworths will be held at 09h00 on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 in the Auditorium of Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001, to transact the business as stated in the Notice of the Annual general meeting contained in the Notice Report.



The Notice of the company's annual general meeting has been sent to its shareholders who were recorded as such in the company?s securities register on Friday, 20 September 2013 being the notice record date used to determine which shareholders are entitled to receive notice of the annual general meeting. The Notice report will also be made available on the company's website at www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.



The last day to trade in order to be entitled to vote at the Annual general meeting will be Friday, 8 November 2013. The record date on which shareholders of the company must be registered as such in the company's securities register in order to attend and vote at the Annual general meeting is Friday 15 November 2013. Shareholders are encouraged to forward their voting instructions to their CSDP or broker in time to be allowed to vote at the Annual general meeting.



Proxy forms contained in the Notice report must be lodged at the offices of Woolworths transfer secretaries, Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd. at 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, or be posted to them at PO Box 61051, Marshalltown, 2107, South Africa, or emailed at proxy@computershare.co.za, by no later than 09:00 on Friday, 22 November 2013.
29-Aug-2013
(C)
Revenue jumped 22.9% to R35.4 billion (R28.8 billion). Gross profit rose by 33.1% to R13.6 billion (R10.2 billion) and operating profit was up 29.1% to R3.5 billion (R2.7 billion). Net attributable profit increased to R2.6 billion (R2 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 27.3% to 340.4cps (267.3cps).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the directors have declared a gross cash dividend of 148cps for the 53 weeks ended 30 June 2013.



Prospects

Woolies believe that economic conditions in South Africa will remain constrained, especially in the lower and middle income segments of the market where consumer debt levels remain under pressure. Trading for the first eight weeks of the new financial year has been in line with expectations both in South Africa and Australia. In Australia, we expect the market to remain highly competitive as consumer and business confidence remains subdued. Any reference to future financial performance included in this statement has not been reviewed and reported on by the company's external auditors and does not constitute an earnings forecast.





18-Jul-2013
(Official Notice)
The year ended 30 June 2013 had 53 trading weeks (the period) compared to 52 weeks for the year ended 24 June 2012. Woolies retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 3.2%, net of closures and excluding franchise conversions.



Witchery and Mimcos sales are included in the Country Road figures from the effective date of the acquisition of the Witchery group, 29 September 2012. Net space, excluding the acquisition of the Witchery group, grew 2.3%. Country Roads South African sales are included in the South African clothing figures. The Woolworths Financial Services debtors book reflected year on year growth of 15.8%, with the impairment rate for the year at 1.9% (2012: 1.9%).



Trading statement

Woolies expects earnings per share ("EPS") and headline earnings per share ("HEPS") for the 53-week period to 30 June 2013 to be respectively 23-28% and 25-30% higher than the corresponding 52- week reporting period last year. The impact of the additional 53rd week has added approximately 2% to earnings.



Included in both EPS and HEPS are transaction and integration costs of R77 million (June 2012: R27 million) relating to the acquisition of the Witchery group, once-off store employee restructuring costs of R43 million and net unrealised foreign exchange gains of R67 million (June 2012: R43 million), all stated before tax. The earnings ranges given above will be positively impacted by approximately 3% when adjusted for these non-core items. The Group's year end results for the 53 week period to 30 June 2013 are scheduled to be announced on or about 29 August 2013.
11-Jun-2013
(Official Notice)
The Chairman and the board of Woolies announced that the employment contract of the company's Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moir, has been amended such that Mr Moir is now employed in a permanent capacity.



As a consequence of his amended contract, in January 2015 he will be entitled to receive an allocation of 355 000 shares in the company, the vesting of which is subject to performance and succession conditions.
11-Mar-2013
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Woolies group director of planning for clothing and general merchandise, Paula Disberry, said the group is excited by Witchery in SA as it is fashion forward, targets a younger customer and fits well in the group's portfolio. Woolies subsidiary, Country Road, acquired Witchery Group in October. Woolies expects to launch the brands in SA in a year.
18-Feb-2013
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Woolies looks to focus on investing in its African operations over the next two to three years. CEO Ian Moir said there is greater passion for Africa than before and the process will be done efficiently by lowering prices and making the brand available in Africa. The company currently in 12 African countries including SA is biased towards a corporate model for growth.
14-Feb-2013
(C)
Revenue increased by 18% to R16.8 billion (R14.2 billion). Gross profit was up 26.1% to R6.4 billion (R5 billion). Operating profit improved by 20.6% to R1.7 billion (R1.4 billion). Net attributable profit rose to R1.3 billion (R1 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 21% to 164.2c (135.7cps).



Cash dividend declaration

Notice is hereby given that the directors have declared an interim cash dividend of 86 cents per ordinary share for the 26 weeks ended 23 December 2012.



Outlook

Woolworths believe that economic conditions in South Africa will remain constrained, especially in the lower and middle income segments of the market where consumer debt levels remain under pressure. However, the upper income segment in which we operate continues to show some resilience. Trading for the first six weeks of the second half of the financial year has been positive, and we expect sales growth to be broadly in line with the first half. In Australia we expect a gradual improvement in the retail environment and sales for the second half to be in line with the second quarter performance of both Country Road and Witchery. Any reference to future financial performance included in this statement has not been reviewed and reported on by the company's external auditors and does not constitute an earnings forecast.



Changes to the board of directors

Norman Thomson, the groups Finance Director will be retiring at the November 2013 Annual General Meeting
16-Jan-2013
(Official Notice)
Group sales for the first 26 weeks of the June 2013 financial year increased by 18.0% over the comparable period in 2012. Sales in comparable stores grew by 9.4%.



Clothing sales in South Africa grew by 13.0% with a price movement of 5.5%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.7%.



Food sales grew by 11.1% with a price movement of 7.4%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.8%.



General merchandise grew by 7.7% and by 4.0% in comparable stores.



Woolies retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 5.7%, net of closures and excluding franchise conversions.



Sales in Australia and New Zealand increased 55.6%, in Australian dollar terms. Witchery and Mimco's sales are included from the effective date of the acquisition on 29th September 2012. Sales in comparable stores increased by 10.7% and net space, excluding the acquisition, contracted 2.0%. Country Road's South African sales are included in the South African clothing figures.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors' book reflected year on year growth of 12% at the end of December 2012, with the annualised impairment rate for the six months to December 2012 at 1.5% (six months to December 2011: 1.6%).



Trading statement

Woolies expects that both earnings per share ("EPS") and headline earnings per share ("HEPS") for the 26 week period to 23 December 2012 will be between 18-24% higher than the corresponding reporting period of the previous year. Included in both EPS and HEPS are the following: transaction costs of R52m (Dec 2011: nil) relating to the acquisition of the Witchery Group, once- off store employee restructuring costs of R43m (Dec 2011: nil), and net unrealised foreign exchange losses of R16m (Dec 2011: R72m gain), all stated before tax. Adjusting for these items, core EPS and core HEPS are expected to be between 33-39% higher than the corresponding reporting period of the previous year.



The group's interim results for the 26 week period to 23 December 2012 are scheduled to be announced on or about 14 February 2013.
22-Nov-2012
(Media Comment)
According to the Financial Mail, Woolies still sees room for growth and plans to open more stores focusing on the high income living standard measure (LSM) 8 - 10 consumer segment. CEO Ian Moir believes that one of Woolies' big competitive advantages lies in the growing affluence of black consumers, who, Moir believes, aspire to the Woolies brand even more than white consumers. This expansion drive by Woolies could mean that the retailer's rivals may be in for a market share shake-up. Woolies is also planning to open nine supermarkets of the type the company opened at the Nicolway centre in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
15-Nov-2012
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that all the resolutions tabled at the annual general meeting of Woolworths held on 15 November 2012 were passed without modification, by the requisite majority votes, cast by way of poll in each case. Shareholders holding 73.05% of the voting rights were represented at the meeting.



Retirement of director

Sindi Zilwa has retired from the board of Woolworths at the conclusion of the meeting after serving eleven years on the board.
15-Nov-2012
(Official Notice)
Group sales for the first 20 weeks of the 2013 financial year increased by 15.9% over the comparable period in 2012. Sales in comparable stores grew by 9.9%.



Clothing sales in South Africa grew by 13.7% with a price movement of 5.8%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 8.2%.



Food sales grew by 11.2% with a price movement of 7.3%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.8%.



General merchandise grew by 11.5% and by 9.5% in comparable stores.



Woolworths retail space, including stores in the rest of Africa, grew by 5.2%, net of closures and excluding franchise conversions.



Sales in Australia and New Zealand increased 36.9%, in Australian dollar terms. Witchery and Mimco's sales are included from the effective date of the acquisition on 30th September 2012. Sales in comparable stores increased by 12.2% and net space, excluding the acquisition, contracted 2.1%. Country Road's South African sales are included in the South African clothing.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors' book reflected year on year growth of 10.9% at the end of October 2012, with the impairment rate for the four months to October 2012 at 1.8% (four months to October 2011: 1.8%).



The group's interim results for the 26 week period to 23rd December 2012 are scheduled to be announced on SENS or about the 14th February 2013.
07-Nov-2012
(Official Notice)
02-Oct-2012
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement released by WHL on SENS on 1 August 2012 regarding the acquisition by Country Road Ltd. ("Country Road"), an 88% indirectly owned subsidiary of WHL and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX"), of Witchery Group from Gresham Private Equity ("the acquisition"), WHL shareholders are advised that:

* the acquisition has now been completed; and

* as a result of the acquisition, the appointment of Iain Nairn as the Chief Executive Officer of Country Road and the other senior executive and board appointments detailed in the announcement on 1 August 2012 are effective immediately.



Shareholders should refer to the announcement on 1 August 2012 for full details on the rationale and funding of the acquisition and are further alerted to an announcement released by Country Road on the ASX on 2 October 2012.
13-Sep-2012
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the integrated report, which contains the notice of the annual general meeting and the abridged audited financial statements for the year ended 24 June 2012, is in the process of being printed and mailed. The integrated report, the audited annual financial statements report and the good business journey report for the year ended 24 June 2012 are available on the company's website: www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.



The annual financial statements of the group contain no changes to the abridged audited financial statements which were published on SENS on 23 August 2012. The annual financial statements were audited by Ernst - Young Inc. and Nexia SAB-T. The unqualified report from the auditors is available for inspection at the company?s registered office.



The annual general meeting of the shareholders of Woolworths will be held at 09h00 on Thursday 15 November 2012 in the auditorium Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town to transact the business as stated in the notice of the annual general meeting contained in the integrated report. The notice of the company?s annual general meeting has been sent to its shareholders who were recorded as such in the company?s securities register on Friday 7 September 2012 being the notice record date used to determine which shareholders are entitled to receive notice of the annual general meeting.



The record date on which shareholders of the company must be registered as such in the company's securities register in order to attend and vote at the annual general meeting is Friday 9 November 2012. The last day to trade in order to be entitled to vote at the annual general meeting will therefore be Friday, 2 November 2012. Proxy forms, contained in the integrated report, must be lodged at the offices of Woolworths transfer secretaries, Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd, 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg, South Africa (or mailed to be received by them at PO Box 61051, Marshalltown, 2107, South Africa) by no later than 48 hours before the appointed time of the meeting.
23-Aug-2012
(C)
Revenue jumped 11.5% to R28.8 billion (R25.8 billion). Gross profit rose by 14.5% to R10.2 billion (R8.9 billion) and operating profit was up 26.6% to R2.7 billion (R2.1 billion). Net attributable profit surged 25.6% to R2 billion (R1.6 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 24.4% to 267.3c (214.9cps).



Dividend

A final gross ordinary dividend of 123cps has been declared.



Changes to the board of directors

Sindi Zilwa will retire as a non-executive director on 15 November 2012 after having completed eleven years of service on the Woolies board.



Outlook

Trading for the first 8 weeks has been encouraging. Woolies expects the upper end of the market to remain resilient whilst the economy as a whole remains subdued. The Australian economy has shown signs of recovery and the company has seen an improvement in trading in recent months.
01-Aug-2012
(Official Notice)
17-Jul-2012
(Official Notice)
Group sales for the year increased by 11.8% over the comparable period in 2011. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.1%. Clothing sales in South Africa grew by 12.6% with a price movement of 6.5%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 5.9%. Food sales grew by 11.9% with price movement of 6.4%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.8%. General merchandise grew by 7.0% and by 4.7% in comparable stores.



Woolies retail space, including Africa, grew by 3.6% year-on-year, net of closures and excluding franchise conversions. Fifty nine local franchise stores have now been converted to corporate and 16 will remain franchised. Converted franchise stores are treated as non-comparable.



Sales in Australia and New Zealand contracted 2.6% in Australian dollar terms, with sales in comparable stores declining by 6.6%. Net space in Australia grew by 1.3%. Country Road's South African sales are included in the South African clothing segment.



The Woolworths Financial Services debtors' book reflected year on year growth of 8.3% with the impairment rate for the year at 1.9% compared with 1.4% for the equivalent period last year.



Trading Statement

Woolies expects that both earnings per share (''EPS'') and headline earnings per share (''HEPS'') for the 52 week period to 24 June 2012 will be between 20% and 30% higher than the corresponding reporting period last year. Included in both EPS and HEPS is R45m representing unrealised post tax foreign exchange gains that will unwind in subsequent reporting periods.



Shareholders were advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has not been audited and reported on by the group's external auditors. The group's year end results for the 52 week period to 24 June 2012 are scheduled to be announced on SENS on or about 23 August 2012.
29-Jun-2012
(Official Notice)
Woolies advised its shareholders that its subsidiary, Country Road Ltd. (CTY), listed on the Australian stock exchange, has made the following announcement:



"Country Road is aware of media speculation concerning a possible transaction with Gresham Private Equity in relation to the Witchery Group. Discussions with Gresham Private Equity relate to proposals that are incomplete, confidential and non-binding and there is no certainty that a transaction will take place."
08-Jun-2012
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that Woolies expects to more than triple the proportion of sales that comes from African countries outside of South Africa within seven years. The retailer aims to do this by tapping into Africa's growing middle and upper class. CE Ian Moir commented that Africa contributes "about 3% now. It will get to 10% but not for five to seven years."
04-Jun-2012
(Official Notice)
Woolies appointed Andrew Higginson as a non-executive director of the company with effect from 1 June 2012.
10-May-2012
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that Woolies has the best reputation among listed South African companies, scoring 78.59 points, ten points ahead of second-placed MTN Group Ltd. The survey, done by the Reputation Institute, showed that South African companies' reputations fell in 2012.
02-Apr-2012
(Official Notice)
Notice was given that the directors have declared an interim cash dividend of 75.0 cents (63.75 cents net of dividend withholding tax) per ordinary share for the twenty six weeks ended 25 December 2011. The dividend has been declared from income reserves. The company has no secondary tax on companies credits available. The dividend withholding tax rate is 15%. The issued share capital at the declaration date is 835 378 333 ordinary shares and 89 400 000 preference shares. The salient dates for the dividend will be as follows:

*Last day of trade to receive a dividend (cum) -- Thursday, 19 April 2012

*Shares commence trading "ex" dividend -- Friday, 20 April 2012

*Record date -- Thursday, 26 April 2012

*Payment date -- Monday, 30 April 2012



Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Friday 20 April 2012 and Thursday 26 April 2012, both days inclusive. In accordance with the company's memorandum of incorporation, dividends amounting to less than R5.00 due to any one holder of the company's ordinary shares held in certificated form will not be paid, unless otherwise requested in writing, but will be aggregated with other such amounts and be donated to a charity nominated by the directors.



An interim cash dividend of 36.0 cents (30.6 cents net of dividend withholding tax) per preference share for the twenty six weeks ended 25 December 2011 will be paid to the beneficiaries of Woolworths Employee Share Ownership Scheme on Monday 30 April 2012.
17-Feb-2012
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that Woolies will open ten new large-format supermarkets. The first store will be on the same street where Pick n Pay set up its premium offering. Woolies CEO Ian Moir said there is a gap in the market. and that the first 2 450m2 sore will open in Bryanston in April 2012.
16-Feb-2012
(C)
Revenue increased by 11.1% to R14.2 billion (R12.8 billion). Gross profit was up 15.8% to R5 billion (R4.4 billion). Operating profit improved by 27.8% to R1.4 billion (R1.1 billion). Net attributable profit rose by 33.4% to R1 billion (R775 million). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 34.6% to 135.7c (100.8cps).



Outlook

Woolies believes that economic conditions in South Africa will remain constrained. However, trading for the first six weeks of the second half of the financial year has been positive, and the group expects sales growth to be broadly in line with the first half. In Australia, Woolies expects the current competitive retail environment to continue and sales for the second half to be in line with the first half performance.
02-Feb-2012
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that Woolies withdrew its range of vintage cooldrinks from its stores after the group lost in an Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") hearing on a complaint against it. The ASA told Woolies to immediately remove all packaging of its old-fashioned drinks that resembled the Frankies Olde Soft Drinks Company's vintage drinks range. Woolies CE Ian Moir commented that the ruling was "disappointing."
17-Nov-2011
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that, at the AGM of Woolworths held today, 17 November 2011, at which members holding 76.82% of the voting rights were represented, all the resolutions contained in the notice of the Annual General Meeting dated 10 October 2011 were passed, without modification, by the requisite majority votes, cast by way of poll in each case.



Changes to the board of directors

*Buddy Hawton retired from the board of Woolworths at the conclusion of the AGM after serving nine years as chairman of the board.

*Simon Susman was re-elected as a non-executive director at the Annual General Meeting held earlier today. The board is pleased to confirm the appointment of Simon as non-independent chairman of the board with immediate effect.

*The board confirmed the appointment of Tom Boardman as the lead independent director with immediate effect.

*The board announced that Zarina Bassa has been appointed as a director of the company in a non-executive capacity, with effect from 17 November 2011.



Ian Moir, the Group chief executive officer, has a three year service contract which expires on 31 December 2012, subject to an option by the company to extend it for further two years. The board is pleased to announce that it has exercised its option to extend Ian's contract with the company until 31 December 2014.
17-Nov-2011
(Official Notice)
Group sales for the first 20 weeks of the 2012 financial year increased by 10.3% over the comparable period in 2011. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7%. Clothing sales in South Africa grew by 9.5% with a price movement of 6.6%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 5.9%. Food sales grew by 10.8% with a lower than expected price movement of 3.5%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 7.2%. General merchandise, which remains impacted by the reduction of the cellular handset business grew by 3.4% and by 2.5% in comparable stores. South African retail space, excluding franchise conversions, grew by 2.5%. Franchise store conversions are on track with 50 stores now converted. A further eight will be converted during the balance of the year and 17 stores will remain franchised. Converted franchise stores are treated as non-comparable.



Sales in Australia (AUD) contracted by 0.8% with sales in comparable stores declining by 4.5%. Space in Australia grew by 4.9%. Country Road's South African sales are included in the South African clothing segment. The Woolworths Financial Services debtors' book reflected year on year growth of 3.9% at the end of October 2011. The impairment rate for the four months to October 2011 was 1.74% compared with 2.70% for the equivalent period last year. The group's interim results for the 26 week period to 25 December 2011 are scheduled to be announced on or about the 16 February 2012.
13-Oct-2011
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that Woolies will add three more stores in Nigeria following announcements of new outlets in Uganda and Tanzania. The joint stores are a joint venture with Nigeria's Chellarams and will three new stores open in December 2011 followed by seven more from 2012-2013. Two of three stores will be in Lagos. Woolies regional director, John Fraser, said that the company was very pleased about the growth prospects of the Nigerian market and had found the right partner in Chellarams.
10-Oct-2011
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the 2011 Woolies Integrated Report, which incorporates a summary of the group annual financial statements for the period, is in the process of being mailed. The 2011 Integrated Report, the 2011 complete audited Annual Financial Statements Report and the 2011 Good Business Journey Report, are also available on the company's website: www.woolworthsholdings.co.za. The annual financial statements contain no modifications to the audited results which were published on SENS on 25 August 2011.



Notice of the annual general meeting

Notice was also given that the annual general meeting of Woolies shareholders will be held in the Auditorium, at its registered office being Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, South Africa on Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 09h00 to transact the business as stated in the annual general meeting notice forming part of the 2011 Integrated Report.
12-Sep-2011
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, South African retailer Woolworths Holdings has announced a joint venture in Tanzania and Uganda, adding more stores to its growing African portfolio. The company said on Friday that it would add another store in Uganda and another two in Tanzania by the end of the year, while plans were already under way for stores in Nigeria, Rwanda and Angola. "It is the right time to invest in Africa. It represents a huge opportunity for all retailers in SA,"Woolworths' head of franchise, John Fraser, said on Friday. The company plans to open 16 new stores in the 2012 financial year, bringing its total African footprint to 60. Retail space will increase by 42% next year and by an estimated 145% over the next three years, it said. Mr Fraser said that the company had changed its business model from a franchise model to joint ventures. "We acted as a wholesaler selling to individuals and left the retailing side up to the franchisees in the past. But we are serious about expansion into Africa and realised a joint venture gives us the best of both worlds. We can bring our extensive retailing experience and expertise, and work with partners who understand the local environment and customer."
06-Sep-2011
(Official Notice)
Woolworths announces the resignation of Group Director Corporate Governance and Group Secretary, Cherrie Lowe, with effect from 31 March 2012. Cherrie has been with the group for 15 years and has decided to take a break from the corporate environment to pursue other interests and opportunities. As Cherrie will be with the group for another six months this will allow us adequate time to recruit a replacement and facilitate a smooth transition in this key role. We will start the selection process immediately and hope to announce a successor shortly.

25-Aug-2011
(C)
Revenue was up by 9.2% to R25.8 billion (R23.7 billion). Gross profit rose by 14.5% to R8.9 billion (R7.8 billion) and operating profit improved by 28.3% to R2.1 billion (R1.7 billion). Net attributable profit increased by 29.7% to R1.6 billion (R1.3 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 30.6% to 214.9c (164.6cps).



Dividend

A final ordinary dividend of 93cps has been declared.



Outlook

The economic challenges facing the United States and the Eurozone are likely to have a negative impact on the rate of growth of the South African economy and in particular consumer confidence. It is expected therefore that trading conditions will be tougher in the second half of 2011. The group will however continue to benefit from improved sourcing, tight cost control as well as the full year integration of the franchise stores.
22-Aug-2011
(Media Comment)
The Sunday Times Business Times quoted Woolies CEO Ian Moir as saying that the retailer will be opening 16 new stores in Africa during the 2011 financial year. This includes the group's first store in Nigeria and adds to the existing eight that already operate outside South Africa. About 95% of the products in Woolies' African outlets consists of clothing.
19-Jul-2011
(Official Notice)
Group sales increased 9.4% for the year ended 26 June 2011, with sales in comparable stores up 6.3%. The Woolworths Financial Services closing debtors' book was 4.8% up on 2010. The impairment charge as a percentage of average gross receivables was 1.4% (2009: 5.1%).



Woolies expects that both earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the year will be between 20% and 30% higher than the corresponding reporting period. The group's results for the year are due to be released on SENS on or about 25 August 2011.
10-Jun-2011
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the company has entered into a share repurchase programme to repurchase its ordinary shares during the closed period. This closed period commences on 13 June 2011 and terminates on 25 August 2011 when the company is scheduled to release its year end financial results. In terms of the repurchase programme, a mandate has been entered into with a single agent who has the authority to repurchase shares up to a maximum of R500 million. Shares may not be repurchased at a price greater than 10% above the volume weighted average trading price of the company's shares over the five trading days preceding any particular repurchase. Any repurchases will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listings Requirements of the JSE Ltd.
17-Feb-2011
(C)
Revenue increased by 9.4% to R12.8 billion (R11.7 billion). Gross profit rose by 13.4% to R4.4 billion (R3.8 billion) and operating profit was up by 20.4% to R1.1 billion (R915 million). Net attributable profit improved by 17.1% to R775 million (R662 million). In addition, headline earnings on a per share basis grew by 18% to 100.8cps (85.4cps).



Dividend

An interim ordinary dividend of 50.5cps has been declared.



Outlook

In South Africa trading for the first seven weeks has been positive and management expectations are that turnover growth for the year will be broadly in line with the first half. In Australia Woolies expects the tough trading conditions to remain and do not anticipate sales to show a material improvement on prior period.
20 Jan 2011 08:14:08
(Official Notice)
Woolworths Holdings group sales increased by 9.8% for the 26 weeks to 26 December 2010 ("the period") compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales growth for the period was 5.9%. Clothing sales in SA grew11.5% on the prior year (9.2% in comparable stores). General Merchandise sales were impacted by the decision to materially downsize our previously unprofitable Connect business. The Woolworths Financial Services closing debtors' book remained at the same level as last year. The impairment charge as a percentage of average gross receivables was 1.6% (2009: 6.2%).



Woolworths expect that both earnings per share ("EPS") and headline earnings per share ("HEPS") for the period will be between 17% and 20% higher than the corresponding period in the 2010 financial year. Our effective tax rate has increased as we resume paying STC on distributions. Adjusted headline earnings per share, will be between 24% and 27% higher than the corresponding period, due to the exclusion of the abnormal foreign exchange gain in the previous year.



Shareholders are advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has not been reviewed and reported on by the group`s external auditors and it does not constitute an earnings forecast. The group's results for the period are due to be released on SENS on or about 17 February 2011.



The board of Woolworths Holdingsannounce that Sir Stuart Rose has been appointed as a director of the company, in a non-executive capacity, with effect from 19 January 2011.
14 Dec 2010 08:30:57
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that Woolies' contested move to buy back 73 franchised stores face a hurdle when it will try to convince the Competition Commission of its case, going head to head against a franchisee lobby group opposing the takeovers in a test case involving stores in KwaZulu-Natal. Woolies has already bought back 18 of the original 73 franchised stores in terms of its plan announced in September, and is in advanced talks to buy another 20. But the Woolworths Franchise Association lobby group says that the company wants not so much to open stores, as to close existing ones in a bid to drive traffic to new, larger outlets. Woolies argues that taking control of franchised stores would let it plan new stores with long-term benefits in mind rather than immediate gain.
13 Dec 2010 11:49:55
(Official Notice)
Woolworths advised its shareholders that its subsidiary, Country Road Ltd (CTY) listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, announced the appointment of Mr. Howard Goldberg as its new chief executive officer and board director with effect from 7 March 2011.
18 Nov 2010 16:21:12
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that, at the AGM of Woolworths Holdings Ltd held today, 18 November 2010, at which members holding 75.80% of the voting rights were represented, all of the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution contained in the notice of the AGM dated 30 September 2010 were passed, without modification, by the requisite majority votes, cast by way of poll in each case. The special resolution, with 99.02% of the votes cast in favour, will be lodged with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) in due course.
18-Nov-2010
(Official Notice)
The board of directors are pleased to announce that Simon Susman who retired as Chief executive officer on 18 November 2010, has been appointed as deputy Chairman with immediate effect. Ian Moir has been appointed as Chief executive officer in his stead. The board of directors further advises that Nigel Colne and Brian Frost have retired as directors of the company with effect from 18 November 2010.
18 Nov 2010 11:23:27
(Official Notice)
Sales for the group increased by 10.6% for the 20 weeks ended 14 November 2010, with a growth of 6.9% in comparable stores. Comparable stores in Woolworths have continued to show good volume growth in both Clothing and general merchandise and Food. Comparable stores in Country Road have been negatively impacted by the tough retail conditions in Australia. The Woolworths Financial Services closing debtors` book at the end of October 2010 was level with last year. The impairment rate for the four months to October 2010 was 2.7%. The external auditors have not reviewed or reported on the information provided in this update and it does not constitute an earnings forecast. The group's interim results for the 26 week period to 26 December 2010 are scheduled to be announced on or about the 17 February 2011.

01 Nov 2010 15:20:25
(Media Comment)
According to The Sunday Times Business Times Woolies plans to enter Angola. The up-market retailer is also looking to bolster its presence in Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia and Uganda.
01 Nov 2010 09:10:27
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Woolworths was named responsible retailer of the year at the World Retail Congress in Berlin last week. It beat UK home improvement company Kingfisher, Sri Lankan retailer Cargills food City, Brazilian perfumery O Boticario, UK fashion retailer New Look Group and Turkish IT company Teknosa. Truworths was named emerging market retailer of the year, beating reliance Retail (India), Service Sales Corporation (Pakistan), X5 Retail Group (Russia), Migros Ticaret AS (Turkey) and O Boticario.
27 Oct 2010 08:18:54
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that Woolworths plans to enter Angola as an avenue, in order to bolster its presence in other poor but fast- fast growing African markets. CEO Simon Susman said the company should be stronger in Africa, and in light of this have taken a strategic view to build its businesses in Africa. Mr Susman added that Woolworths, which already operates in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, and Ghana, is investigating opportunities in Angola and looking to expand in Mozambique, Zambia and Uganda. No time frame was given on the expansion plans.
30 Sep 2010 16:57:16
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that Woolworths Holdings annual report, which includes the group annual financial statements for the year ended 27 June 2010 is currently in the process of being distributed to shareholders. The annual report and the detailed sustainability report are also available on Woolworths Holdings website, www.woolworthsholdings.co.za.



Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of shareholders of Woolworths Holdings will be held at 09h00 in the Auditorium, 1st Floor, Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001 on Thursday, 18 November 2010 to transact the business as stated in the annual general meeting notice included as part of the annual report.
27 Sep 2010 16:32:05
(Official Notice)
Tom Boardman has been appointed as a director of the company with effect from 27 September 2010. Tom Boardman will be a non-executive director
13 Sep 2010 11:02:44
(Official Notice)
Country Road Ltd, a subsidiary of Woolies, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, announced the departure of CEO John Cheston due to irreconcilable differences with the board over the future direction of the company.
02 Sep 2010 14:50:26
(Official Notice)
Woolies has commenced discussions with their South African franchisees about the future of Woolies local franchise business. After informing franchisees that it would be stopping its local South African franchise business, Woolies offered to buy all local franchises at fair value.



The franchisees and Woolies have commenced discussions to agree guiding principles for valuation. Once these principles are agreed, Woolies final offers to buy will be in place until they expire on 30 June 2011. The total value of this investment, if all the offers made to the franchisees were accepted, would not be material. Upon the sale of any franchise business to Woolies, Woolies have committed to employing all franchise store managers and staff. Woolies noted that the key factors in reaching the decision to stop franchising were that it had become increasingly more complex and expensive to operate a separate franchise business model with its own systems and processes.
26 Aug 2010 07:33:21
(C)
Revenue increased by 7.9% to R23.7 million (R21.9 million) and gross profit was up by 15.9% to R7.7 billion (R6.7 billion). Operating profit rose by 13.8% to R1.7 billion (R1.5 billion). Net attributable profit increased marginally to R1.3 billion (R1.2 billion). However, headline earnings on a per share basis jumped by 50.6% to 164.6c (109.3cps).



Dividend

A final ordinary dividend of 67cps has been declared.



Outlook

Woolies expects economic conditions in South Africa to improve, albeit at a slower pace. Trading in Australia will remain tough but is expected to improve in the second half. Current trading remains positive and in line with expectations. The business is focused, strategies are delivering and the group is well positioned for continued growth in the year ahead. The benefit of a lower effective tax rate last year will return to normal levels.
21 Jul 2010 09:17:26
(Official Notice)
Woolies sales increased by 10.5% for the 52 weeks to 27 June 2010 compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales growth for the period was 5.7%. Woolies closing debtors' books at June 2010 were 1.3% down against June 2009 (2009: up 6.4%). Bad debts were well controlled, with an impairment charge as a percentage of average gross receivables of 5.1% (2009: 7.4%).



As outlined in the trading statement released on 19 May 2010, the group anticipated that HEPS for the period would be more than 20% higher than the corresponding reporting period of the previous year. Woolworths now estimates that HEPS will be between 45% and 55% higher than last year. The impact of the unrealised foreign exchange loss of R57m (after tax) recognised in the income statement for the year ended 30 June 2009, has unwound in full in the period. In addition, the prior year was negatively impacted by a R75 million STC charge on the special dividend paid in December 2008. We estimate that EPS for the period will be at a similar level to last year despite the profit of R380 million earned on the disposal of a portion of Woolworths Financial Services business included in the results of last year. The significant difference between HEPS and EPS relates primarily to the R380 million profit referred to above. Earnings during the year were positively impacted by the growth in clothing and general merchandise margins which met the 3 year target, a year earlier and a lower effective tax rate which will not be repeated next year. Country Road Ltd (CTY) has released a trading update on the Australian stock exchange estimating that the full year profit for the period will be between 15% and 20% down on last year. The group's results for the full year ending 27 June 2010 are due to be released on SENS on or about 26 August 2010.
19 May 2010 12:36:56
(Official Notice)
The results for the year ending 27 June 2010 will not be comparable due to the disposal of a 50% plus one share of the Woolworths Financial Services business to ABSA group Ltd on 1 October 2008. The group is currently reviewing its trading for the period and would like to highlight that the transaction will impact the comparability of the results for the period. In addition, the impact of the unrealised foreign exchange loss of R79 million (before tax) recognised in the income statement for the year ended 30 June 2009, and reported on SENS on 1 July 2009, will have unwound in full in the period. Consequently, headline earnings per share will be more than 20% higher than the corresponding period. Due to the significance of the peak winter retail trading season, it is not yet possible to quantify the impact on HEPS within the 20% range required by the JSE Limited Listings Requirements with a reasonable degree of certainty. A further trading statement will be issued later in the reporting period and provide earnings forecast ranges for HEPS and EPS as required by the JSE Listings Requirements. Shareholders are advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has not been reviewed or reported on by the group's external auditors. The group?s results for the full year ending 27 June 2010 are due to be released on SENS on or about 26 August 2010.
23 Apr 2010 16:03:36
(Official Notice)
Woolworths herewith announced the repurchase of 25 878 892.Woolworths ordinary shares since and in accordance with the general authority granted by Woolworths shareholders at the annual general meeting held on 19 November 2009.



In terms of the special resolution:

*The general authority is limited to a maximum of 20% of Woolworths issued share capital

*Any repurchase may not be made at a price greater than 10% above the weighted average of the market value of the ordinary shares for the five business days immediately preceding the date of such repurchase.

*A maximum of 166 438 148 ordinary shares could be repurchased in terms of the general authority obtained from shareholders.



Details are as follows:-

Total number of ordinary shares repurchased - 25 878 892

Total value of ordinary shares repurchased - R454 033



Highest price paid per ordinary share - R23.44

Lowest price paid per ordinary share - R16.77

Average price paid per ordinary share including costs - R17.58

The number of ordinary shares which may still be repurchased by the company in terms of the general authority - 140 559 256

Ordinary shares in issue on 19 November 2009 - 832 190 740

Ordinary shares in issue on date of this announcement - 847 044 788

Number of shares held in treasury after the repurchase - 81 761 465



Repurchases to date have been, and future repurchases will also be, funded from available cash resources.



As all the ordinary shares have been repurchased by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Woolworths, none of the ordinary shares will be cancelled nor will the JSE listing in respect of those shares be terminated.
23 Mar 2010 12:16:29
(Official Notice)
Country Road Ltd, a subsidiary of Woolworths Holdings, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, announced the appointment of John Cheston as Chief executive officer and board director with effect from 1 July 2010.
04 Mar 2010 07:57:58
(Official Notice)
Zyda Rylands will assume the responsibility of Managing director: Foods. This is a new position and Ms Rylands will report to Ian Moir, Managing director: Retail and CEO elect while retaining her position on the board of Woolies. Julian Novak will take on a senior position in the foods team.



The divisional directors reporting to Ian Moir are as follows:

*Clothing and general merchandise: Brett Kaplan.

*Clothing and general merchandising planning: Paula Disberry.

*Supply chain and Information Technology: Fawza Essa.

*Retail operations: Andrew Levermore.

*Human Resources: Matt Keogh.

*Marketing: Charmaine Huet.



25 Feb 2010 13:54:07
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were referred to the circular to Woolworths shareholders dated 29 January 2010 regarding the specific issue of Woolworths ordinary shares for cash to Woolworths (Pty) Ltd ("WPL") which specific issue is regarded as a specific repurchase of shares by WPL for the purposes of the JSE Ltd listings requirements ("the specific issue") and the announcement released on SENS on 18 February 2010 regarding a cash distribution of 38.0 cents per ordinary share by Woolworths.



Woolworths shareholders were advised that all of the resolutions necessary to approve and implement the specific issue had been passed, in the general meeting held on Thursday 25 February 2010, by the requisite number of votes. Accordingly, once the special resolution has been registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office ("CIPRO"), Woolworths will make a cash distribution of 38.0 cents per ordinary share to ordinary shareholders, in lieu of the interim dividend for the 26 weeks ended 27 December 2009, by way of a capital reduction out of the company's share premium account ("distribution"). The distribution will be in the form of a general payment to shareholders.



Important dates with respect to the distribution

* Finalisation announcement confirming registration of special resolution with CIPRO released on SENS: Friday, 12 March

* Last day to trade to be eligible to receive the distribution: Thursday, 25 March

* Shares trade "ex" the distribution: Friday, 26 March

* Record date for the distribution: Thursday, 1 April

* Distribution paid to certificated ordinary shareholders: Tuesday, 6 April

* Distribution credited to accounts of dematerialised ordinary shareholders held by their CSDP or broker: Tuesday, 6 April
18 Feb 2010 09:30:20
(C)
Group revenue grew by 4.9% to R11.7 billion (R11.1 billion) for the twenty six weeks ended December 2009.Gross profit rose by 16.9% to R3.8 billion (2008: R3.2 billion) while operating profit was slightly down by 2.4% to R1000 million (2008: R1025 million). Profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders declined by 24% to R662.4 million (2008:R872.1 million). EPS decreased by 22.2% to 84.7c (2008: 108.8c), while HEPS rose by 40% to 85.4c (2008: 61c).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the directors have resolved to make a capital reduction out of share premium of 38.0 cents per ordinary share in lieu of the interim dividend for the twenty-six weeks to 27 December 2009 ("cash distribution").



Prospects

Conditions in South Africa and Australia will remain challenging. In South Africa, the upper income consumer is more confident. As we move out of recession, the group is better positioned to take advantage of any upliftment in consumer spending.
29 Jan 2010 08:23:18
(Official Notice)
20 Jan 2010 12:18:01
(Official Notice)
Woolworths Holdings group sales increased by 9.3% for the 26 weeks to December 2009 compared to the same period in the previous year. Comparable store sales growth for the period was 4.4%. The Woolworths Financial Services ("WFS") debtors books have grown 1.2% year on year at the end of December 2009. The impairment rate for the period is 6.2% (2008: 7.0%).



Trading Statement

As outlined in the trading statement released on SENS on 19 November 2009, the group anticipated that earnings per share ("EPS") for the period would be more than 20% lower than the corresponding reporting period, primarily due to the profit of R380 million earned on the disposal of a 50% plus one share interest of WFS to ABSA Group Ltd in that period. EPS for the period will be between 15% and 25% lower than last year. Estimation is that headline earnings per share ("HEPS") for the period will be between 35% and 45% higher than the corresponding reporting period of the previous year. HEPS has benefited from a reduced cost of sales due to the impact of the FEC's marked to market at June 2009.



Shareholders are advised that the trading and financial information contained in this announcement has not been reviewed or reported on by the external auditors. The group's results for the period are scheduled to be released on SENS on 18 February 2010.
19 Nov 2009 16:18:58
(Official Notice)
Woolworths Holdings group sales increased by 8.1% for the 20 weeks ended 15 November 2009, with a growth of 3.8% in comparable stores. A comparison of the results for the six months ending December 2009 to the corresponding reporting period of last year will be affected by the profit of R380 million earned on the disposal of a 50% plus one share of Woolworths financial services to ABSA group Ltd on 1 October 2008. Consequently, earnings per share will be more than 20% lower than the corresponding reporting period of the previous year. Due to the significance of the peak retail trading season, it is not possible to quantify the impact on EPS within the 20% range required by the JSE Ltd listings requirements with a reasonable degree of certainty or to provide guidance on headline earnings per share. A further trading statement will be issued later in the reporting period and provide earnings forecast ranges for EPS and HEPS as required by the JSE listings requirements. Shareholders are advised that the financial information contained in this announcement has neither been reviewed or reported on by the external auditors, and that the group's interim results for the six months ending 31 December 2009 are scheduled to be announced on SENS on or about 18 February 2010.
19 Nov 2009 16:16:34
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that, at the AGM of Woolworths Holdings Ltd held today, 19 November 2009, at which members holding 80.26% of the voting rights were represented, all of the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution contained in the notice of the AGM dated 30 September 2009 were passed, without modification, by the requisite majority votes, cast by way of poll in each case. The special resolution, with 99.52% of the votes cast in favour, will be lodged with the companies and intellectual property registration office in due course.
30 Sep 2009 16:32:18
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that Woolworths Holdings annual report, which includes the group annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2009, is currently in the process of being distributed to shareholders. The annual report is also available on Woolworths Holdings website.



Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of shareholders of Woolworths Holdings will be held at 09h00 in the Auditorium, 1st Floor, Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001 on Thursday, 19 November 2009 to transact the business as stated in the annual general meeting notice forming part of the annual report.
10 Sep 2009 13:00:46
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the circular dated 24 August 2009 regarding the specific issue of Woolworths ordinary shares for cash to Woolworths (Pty) Ltd and the announcement released on SENS on 27 August 2009 regarding the proposed cash distribution of 53.5c per ordinary share by Woolworths. Woolworths shareholders are advised that all of the resolutions neccesary to approve and implement the specific issue have been passed, in general meeting held on Thursday 10 September 2009, by the requisite number of votes. Accordingly, Woolworths will make a cash distribution of 53.5c per ordinary share to ordinary shareholders, in lieu of the final dividend for the year ended 30 June 2009, by way of a capital reduction out of the company's share premium account. The distribution will be in the form of a general payment to shareholders. The important dates with respect to the distribution are set out below:

* Last day to trade to be recorded in the register on the record date, in order to receive the distribution, -- Thursday,17 September 2009

* Ordinary shares trade 'ex' the distribution -- Friday, 18 September 2009

* Record date for the distribution -- Friday, 25 September 2009

* Distribution paid to certificated shareholders -- Monday, 28 September 2009

* Distribution credited to accounts of dematerialised shareholders, held by their CSDP or broker -- Monday, 28 September 2009
26 Aug 2009 17:36:08
(C)
Revenue rose by 0.8% to R21.9 billion (R21.8 billion) and operating profit declined by 18.1% to R1.6 billion (R2 billion). However, net attributable profit was up by 33.2% to R1.2 billion (R936.7 million). In addition, headline earnings per fell by 4.9% to 109.3cps (114.9cps).



Dividend

A cash distribution 53.5cps out of the company's share premium account has been declared. This is in lieu of the final dividend.



Board changes

Simon Susman will retire as chief executive officer of Woolies in November 2010 having reached retirement age. To retain his extensive international and local retail knowledge he will assume a newly created position of non-executive deputy chairman effective from November 2010. Ian Moir, the chief executive officer of Country Road, who has led the significant turnaround at Country Road will be appointed managing director of retail and chief executive officer-elect of Woolworths effective 1 January 2010. He will succeed Simon in November 2010. An appointment of chief executive officer in Country Road will be made due course. Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro and Namhla Thina Siwendu have been appointed non- executive directors of Woolworths Holdings Limited with immediate effect.



Outlook

Woolies is conscious that the economic conditions will remain tough throughout the year. The group believes that it has a better positioned merchandise offer, without any compromise to quality. Woolies will remain focused on managing costs and controlling stock throughout this period. The improvement in sales experienced in the fourth quarter has continued into the first eight weeks of this year.
25 Aug 2009 10:17:57
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that Woolworths will issue up to 30 000 000 Woolworths Holdings Ltd ordinary shares, from its authorised but unissued ordinary share capital, to Woolworths (Pty) Ltd a wholly-owned subsidiary of Woolworths, prior to the next annual general meeting of the company, for a subscription price of R14.56 per ordinary share, which is equal to the volume weighted average price for the 30-day period to Tuesday, 18 August 2009. The ordinary shares to be issued in terms of the specific issue will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing issued ordinary share capital of the company. The ordinary shares to be issued to and held by WPL will be accounted for as treasury shares and application will be made to the JSE Ltd for the listing of these shares, once they have been issued.



Woolworths posted a circular to shareholders regarding the specific issue on 24 August 2009. A general meeting of shareholders of Woolworths is convened, in terms of the notice of general meeting attached to and forming part of the circular to shareholders, for Thursday, 10 September 2009. The general meeting will be held in the Auditorium, 1st Floor, Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town at 11h00 and shareholders will be requested to consider and, if deemed fit, to pass with or without modification the ordinary resolutions required to implement the specific issue.



Circular posted to all shareholders on - Monday,24 August 2009

*Last day to lodge proxy forms (by no later than 11h00) for the general meeting on - Tuesday,8 September 2009

*General meeting held at 11h00 on - Thursday,10 September 2009

*Results of general meeting published on SENS on - Thursday,10 September 2009

*Results of general meeting published in the press - Friday,11 September 2009
23 Jul 2009 16:51:10
(Official Notice)
The group's total sales for the 52 week period ended June 2009 showed a growth of 7.2%, with a comparable sales growth of 0.4%. Comparing this year's 52 week period to last year's reported period of 53 weeks, group total sales grew by 5.5%. Sales in the second half are in line with that experienced in the first half. The fourth quarter growth has shown signs of recovery. Middle and upper income consumers have seen some relief with the reduction in interest rates' whilst fuel and food prices have remained relatively high. Woolworths customers are reacting positively to our competitive opening price point value lines. Country Road has shown good resilience in a tough Australian market and has delivered a strong sales growth.



EPS will be between 40% and 50% higher than the results of the prior year. This is primarily due to the profit made on the disposal of a 50% plus one share of Woolworths Financial Services to ABSA group Ltd on 1 October 2008 of R380 million and growth in headline eps for the period is unlikely to exceed 5% of the results of the prior year. This takes into account STC of R75million (2008: R20million) on both the special dividend and share repurchases and an unrealised foreign exchange loss (after tax) of R57 million (2008: R2 million gain) on the revaluation of foreign exchange contracts open at 30 June 2009. Comparing this financial year to the prior year's 53 week reported period, EPS will be between 30% and 40% higher than the prior period. The group's results for the year ended 30 June 2009 are scheduled to be released on SENS on 27 August 2009.
01 Jul 2009 16:40:29
(Official Notice)
In line with its stated treasury policy, the group takes out forward exchange contracts ("FEC's") to cover imported merchandise commitments. FEC's with a value of USD50 million covering imports for the summer season remained open as at 30 June 2009.



The group uses the pool method to manage these commitments and to provide an effective economic hedge. However due to the complexity in documenting the relationship between hedging instruments and hedged items required in terms of IAS 39, the group does not apply hedge accounting to these transactions. The FEC's were taken out at an average spot rate 15% higher than the year end rate and consequently, a non-cash, unrealised foreign exchange loss of R79 million will be recognised in the income statement for the year ended 30 June 2009. As the selling price of the merchandise for which the cover was taken out as an economic hedge will be based on the forward contract rate, the group expects the impact of the foreign exchange loss to reverse during the financial year ended 30 June 2010.



In future, the group will communicate similar material unrealised foreign exchange gains and losses to investors at reporting period ends.
20 May 2009 16:02:00
(Official Notice)
Woolworths Holdings on SENS on 19 February 2009, the group stated that earnings per share was 94.4% higher than the results for the corresponding reporting period of the previous year. This was primarily due to the profit made on the disposal of a 50% plus one share of Woolworths financial services to ABSA group Ltd on 1 October 2008 of approximately R380 million. The group's results for the full year ending June 2009 are due to be released on SENS on or about 27 August 2009.
04 May 2009 09:16:42
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Woolies is revamping its look in a bid to offer consumers an experience of "discovery and excitement". Woolies' MD of the retail segment, Andrew Jennings, says the group started changing its look with the transition that too place at the Victoria - Alfred Waterfront store 18 months ago. The group's new Melrose Arch store typifies the new look.
19 Feb 2009 09:34:53
(C)
Group revenue grew by 8.1% to R11.1 billion (R10.6 billion) for the twenty six weeks ended December 2008.Gross profit and operating profit rose by 7.8% and 6.1% to R3.2 billion (2007: R3.0 billion) and R1 billion (2007: R0.96 billion) respectively. Profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders rose by 90.5% to R886.1 million (R465.1 million). HEPS rose by 10.4% to 62.8c (2007: 56.9c).



Dividend

An ordinary interim dividend of 31.5cps (2007: 29.5cps) was declared for the period under review.



Prospects

The economy is to remain depressed. Our challenge will be to continue to manage the impact of the significant shift in consumer spending and the downward pressure on prices, while retaining our difference of quality and innovation. Cost and inventory management will be key drivers to manage profitability. Despite the relief from recent fuel price cuts and a reduction in the interest rates, we expect trade to remain difficult through the rest of the financial year.
20 Jan 2009 16:01:43
(Official Notice)
The middle and upper income consumer primarily served by Woolworths SA is being severely impacted by the current economic conditions and is trading down. Woolworths has introduced more competitive opening prices in both foods and clothing. Tighter control of costs and inventory has assisted in reaching the profitability levels attained. Country Road has achieved an excellent result despite tough trading conditions. Woolworths Holdings increased sales by 8.1% for the 26 weeks to December 2008 compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales growth was 0.7%. The group anticipated that earnings per share for the six months to December 2008 would show an improvement of more than 20% over last year. The company now estimates that EPS will be between 90% and 100% higher than the results for the corresponding period of the previous year. This is primarily due to the profit made from the acquisition by ABSA Group Ltd of 50% plus one share of Woolworths Financial Services on 1 October 2008 of approximately R380 million.The company also projected that headline earnings per share for the period will be between 8% and 13% higher than the results for the corresponding period of the previous year. adjusted HEPS is expected to be between 24% and 29% higher. Shareholders are advised that the trading and financial information contained in this announcement has not been reviewed or reported on by the group's external auditors. The group's results for the half year ended 31 December 2008.
20 Nov 2008 13:32:43
(Official Notice)
At the 2008 annual general meeting of the shareholders of Woolworths Holdings held on 20 November 2008, all the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution proposed at the meeting were approved by the requisite majority of votes. The special resolution will be lodged with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office ("CIPRO") in due course.
19 Nov 2008 14:37:15
(Official Notice)
22 Oct 2008 10:00:49
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that a five-week-long strike at Woolies has been resolved and workers will return to work on Friday, 22 October 2008. A joint verification exercise will now occur and workers will now be able to organise if "sufficient" union membership was found.
08 Oct 2008 11:25:28
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that Woolies has slashed cost growth in the second half as it reacted to the downturn in the economy. In the first half to December 2007, cost growth was 18.4% compared with the same period previously.
02 Oct 2008 08:34:51
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcements published on SENS on 16 April 2008 and 21 August 2008, Woolworths shareholders are advised that all the conditions precedent relating to the acquisition by Absa Group Ltd of 50% plus one share of the issued ordinary share capital of Woolworths Financial Services (Pty) Ltd, the financial services business of Woolworths ("the transaction"), have now been fulfilled. Accordingly, the effective date of the transaction was 1 October 2008.



It is the intention of the board of Woolworths to distribute R2.25 billion of the cash proceeds arising from the transaction and the net cash realised from the transfer of the financial services assets into the joint venture. The distribution to shareholders will be implemented by way of a special dividend of R750 million, and, subject to prevailing market conditions at the time, an open market share repurchase of the balance. A further announcement on the distribution will be made in due course.
30 Sep 2008 16:28:27
(Official Notice)
With regard to the audited results for the year ended 30 June 2008, shareholders are advised that the annual financial statements have been distributed to shareholders on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 and contain no modifications to the audited results which were published on SENS on Thursday, 21 August 2008.



Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of shareholders of Woolworths Holdings will be held at 09h00 in the Auditorium, 1st Floor, Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001 on Thursday, 20 November 2008 to transact the business as stated in the annual general meeting notice forming part of the annual report.
21 Aug 2008 08:39:08
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Revenue increased by 16.7% to R21.8 billion (R18.6 billion) and operating profit rose by 8.7% to R2 billion (R1.8 billion). Nevertheless, net profit attributable to ordinary shareholders was down 12.2% to R943.1 million (R1.1 billion). Headline earnings per share fell by 9.5% to 115.7cps (127.8cps).



Dividends

A final ordinary dividend of 49.5cps has been declared.



Prospects

The economic environment, especially for Woolworths core customers, is tough and this is expected to continue through this coming year. The business is driving sales through sharper pricing whilst continuing to improve quality and innovation. In these times of uncertain growth the focus will remain on rigorously controlling costs.
19 Aug 2008 09:43:02
(Official Notice)
At the general meeting of the shareholders of Woolworths held on 18 August 2008, the requisite majority of shareholders approved all the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution proposed at the meeting. The special resolution will be lodged for registration with CIPRO in due course.
01 Aug 2008 17:32:58
(Official Notice)
Woolworths advises that Dr Judy Dlamini has resigned as an independent non- executive director of Woolworths with effect from 31 July 2008. This decision was taken by Judy based on her increasing workload in her other commercial interests. Judy joined the board on 1 July 2007.
25 Jul 2008 16:00:19
(Official Notice)
As at Tuesday 8 July 2008 the treasury shares constituted 9.84% of the entire issued ordinary share capital of Woolworths. In terms of section 89 of the Act, subsidiaries may only hold up to a maximum of 10% in the aggregate of the total issued share capital of their holding company. Due to the fact that the number of the treasury shares is approaching this 10% threshold, Woolworths` ability to continue to purchase its own shares and to hold such shares as treasury shares, through its subsidiaries is limited. In order to create new capacity for Woolworths to purchase further Woolworths ordinary shares through its subsidiaries, the directors of Woolworths have resolved that Woolworths should purchase the treasury shares from E-Com. The treasury shares will, following their purchase, be cancelled as issued shares in the capital of Woolworths and restored to the status of authorised but unissued shares.
24 Jul 2008 08:35:28
(Media Comment)
Woolies rose for a second day to R11.05 on Wednesday, 24 July 2008. The stock was up 45c, or 4.3%, reported Business Day. Mark Everdij, a trader at Buz Trading, said the company "is being boosted by the better interest rate outlook".
18 Jul 2008 13:43:02
(Official Notice)
Trading conditions in the second half have deteriorated substantially with a further decline in consumer spending as a result of additional interest rate hikes and increases in fuel and food prices. Middle and upper middle income consumers have felt the pinch of the current economic conditions particularly strongly. This is the heartland of the Woolworths customer. Management have accordingly adjusted the group's opening price point offer and given Woolworths continuing insistence on quality, its range now is extremely competitive.



Trading space in Woolworths retail increased by 4.8% in clothing and general merchandise, and 14.4% in food at the end of June 2008, compared to the prior year. Woolworths Financial Services' combined debtors' books at June 2008 were flat against June 2007, although the average books for the year were 12.6% higher than the average for 2007. Interest yields increased to 23.5% (19.9%) and net bad debt expressed as a percent of the gross book, increased to 7.9% (4.9%). There are some early indications that bad debt may have peaked. At the time of the interim results, management undertook to reduce cost growth for the second half and was successful in achieving this. The Australian operation, Country Road, has shown resilience to the global slowdown, returning record profits. Growth in profit before tax and non-comparable items in the second half is expected to be positive. Headline earnings per share are adversely impacted by a R50million non- comparable IFRS2 charge relating to the group's broad based BEE scheme and an increase in the effective tax rate of 8% as a result of the effect of last year's recognition of the deferred tax asset in Country Road and of STC on share repurchases. On 17 July 2008, the South African Competition Authorities approved, without any conditions, the acquisition by Absa of a 50% plus one ordinary share of Woolworths Financial Services (Pty) Ltd. It is anticipated that the remaining conditions precedent will have been met by 31 August 2008. The above information has not been reviewed or reported on by the group's auditors. The group's financial results for the 53 weeks to 30 June 2008 are scheduled to be released on 21 August 2008.
18 Apr 2008 08:43:42
(Media Comment)
According to Business Report, Fitch was "concerned" that customer bad debts at Woolies had deteriorated further in the three months to February. Nevertheless, the ratings agency affirmed the group's credit rating. Woolies' average bad debts in the three months to February, rose to 9.64% of the gross book, higher than the 7.8% that Woolies reported in its half-year results.
16 Apr 2008 11:07:17
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that Richard Inskip, the executive director of financial services and operations, has resigned as a director from Woolies and Woolworth?s (Pty) Ltd with effect from the close of business on 31 May 2008. Zyda Rylands, the current director of people and transformation, has been appointed Chief operating officer : Support services which includes supply chain, IT and strategy, in addition to her existing portfolio.
16 Apr 2008 09:47:17
(Official Notice)
07 Mar 2008 08:13:19
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that negotiations are still in progress which, if successfully concluded, may have a material effect on the price of the company?s securities. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in the company?s securities until a full announcement is made.
25 Feb 2008 08:11:20
(Media Comment)
Business Day noted that Woolies' share price was down for a third day on Friday, 22 February 2008, after UBS advised investors to sell the stock. The shares fell as much as 30c, or 2.5%, to R11.85, after Thursday's 6.5% slump.
21 Feb 2008 09:54:10
(C)
Group revenue grew by 17.7% to R10.6 billion (R9 billion) for the twenty six weeks ended December 2007, with lower growth in the second quarter reflecting the slowdown in South African consumer spending. Gross profit and operating profit rose by 17.9% and 2.9% to R3.4 billion (R2.9 billion) and R1 billion (R0.96 billion) respectively. However, profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders declined by 17.5% to R465.1 million (R563.6 million). This was reflected in the 11.7% drop in headline earnings per share to 56.9c (64.4c).



Dividend

An ordinary interim dividend of 29.5cps was declared, which is unchanged from the previous interim dividend.



Prospects

Higher interest rates and the shift in the credit environment has and is impacting the group's business. The group's focus will remain on price competitiveness, product innovation, quality and tight cost control. The group expects the difficult current trading conditions to prevail throughout 2008 and consequently second half profits will remain under pressure.
14 Feb 2008 11:10:45
(Official Notice)
Woolworths currently has American Depository Receipts (ADRs) and Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and has made application to the United Kingdom Listing Authority to delist these products with effect from 14 March 2008.
20 Jul 2006 15:57:34
(Official Notice)
Woolworths increased sales for the 52 weeks to June 2006 by 16.3% compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales growth was 9.9%. Woolworths, Clothing and Home grew sales by 12.4% in total and 8.2% in comparable store sales with an average deflation rate of approximately -1% over the period. Food sales grew by 22.5% in total and by 11.9% in comparable store sales with an average inflation rate of approximately 4.2% over the period. Expansion in corporate stores resulted in an increase of 6.4% in trading space in Clothing and Home, and 11.9% in Food over the period. Sales for the Australian subsidiary Country Road are in line with expectations.
24 Apr 2006 10:54:58
(Media Comment)
Karl Leinberger, head of research at Coronation Fund Managers, told Business Report that the group had been purchasing Woolies shares as it is of the opinion that the best is yet to come from the retailer.
16 Feb 2006 09:28:19
(C)
Group revenue rose by 16.7% to R7.4bn. Operating profit increased by 19.6% to R730.3m with an improvement in operating margin from 9.6% to 9.8%. Woolies said that this had been achieved despite investment in initiatives which were designed to enhance future growth including the World of Difference loyalty programme, an accelerated store development plan and a customer service improvement project. Gross profit percentage decreased from 32.9% to 32.7% as a result of the change in mix of businesses. The share repurchase in March 2005 has resulted in an increase in borrowings over the same period last year and a substantial increase in finance costs. The positive effect of the capital restructuring is reflected in the increase in headline earnings per share and an enhanced return on equity. Headline earnings per share of 53.1 c (44.4 c) has been impacted by 1.9 cents per share due to an increase in the effective tax rate as a result of STC payable on the dividend paid in September 2005. An interim dividend of 24 cps was declared.



Prospects

Woolies expects, assuming the current trading environment, to deliver a solid set of results in the year to June 06. This assumes an adjustment for non comparable STC payments.



Empowerment

Woolies said that it was committed to black economic empowerment (BEE) and was evaluating its empowerment initiatives in terms of the recently published codes. In addition, shareholders were advised that the group supports the broad-based ownership approach favoured by the Department of Trade and Industry and was developing plans around BEE ownership, which would be presented to shareholders for approval at the annual general meeting.
11 Jan 2006 10:52:12
(Official Notice)
Woolworths Holdings sales growth increased for the six months from July to December 2005 by 16.3% compared to the same period last year.



Woolworths, Clothing - Home grew sales by 12.6% in total and 8.2% in comparable store sales with an average deflation rate of approximately -2.3% over the period. Food sales grew by 20.9% in total and by 12.2% in comparable store sales with an average inflation rate of approximately 3.7% over the period. Expansion plans in corporate stores delivered an increase of 4.2% trading space in Clothing - Home over the period, and 6.5% in Food. Trading over the festive season was in-line with expectations.



Retail sales for the Australian subsidiary, Country Road, for the six months ended 31 December 2005 were 6.3% higher in Australian dollars than the same period last year, with good volume increases, whilst total sales increased by 1.0%.



The publication of the interim results of the company for the 26-week period to 25 December 2005 is scheduled for mid-February 2006.
27 Dec 2005 16:29:11
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are reminded of the non-comparability of the effective tax rate in the forthcoming interim results, due to the STC incurred on the September 2005 dividend payment. The cash distribution from share premium in the comparative period did not incur STC. The impact is estimated to increase the effective tax rate by approximately 2.5% and reduce headline earnings per share by approximately 4% for the half year.
25 Nov 2005 15:04:13
(Official Notice)
Ms Nolitha Fakude has resigned from the board of directors with immediate effect.
21 Nov 2005 11:26:20
(Media Comment)
About 500 workers at Universal Products Networks (UPN), a supply chain service provider to Woolies, are currently on strike over a wage dispute. Business Report noted that employees were asking for a 10.7% or R350.00 wage increase and have rejected UPN's offer of 7.3% or R220.00 across the board.
03 Nov 2005 13:41:06
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day Woolworths' sales grew by 16.4% for the first four months of the financial year, while comparable store sales grew by 10%. For the period July to October 2005 the sales in the clothing and homeware divisions grew 11.8%, while food sales increased 20.5%. CEO Simon Susman attributed the increase to lower interest rates, low inflation and real wage growth.
02 Nov 2005 14:36:31
(Official Notice)
At the 2005 annual general meeting of the shareholders of Woolworths held 2 November 2005, the requisite majority of shareholders approved all the ordinary and special resolutions proposed at the meeting. The special resolution will be lodged for registration with the Registrar of Companies in due course.

02 Nov 2005 10:11:16
(Official Notice)
The retail environment continues to experience solid growth on the back of lower interest rates, low inflation and real wage growth. For the first four months of the new financial year, Woolworths operations increased sales by 16.4% compared to the same period last year, with comparable store sales growth of 10.0%. Clothing and home's sales grew by 11.8% in total and 7.6% in comparable store sales growth with an average deflation rate of approximately 2.0%. The August sale was in-line with expectations and the new summer ranges have been well received. In foods sales have continued to exceed expectations with sales growth of 20.5% in total and 12.1% in comparable stores and an average inflation rate of approximately 3.5%.



Retail first sales for the Australian subsidiary Country Road were 2.4% higher in Australian dollar terms for the three-month period ending 30 September in a competitive trading environment. The improvements in sales volumes continued during the quarter, with unit sales up more than 25%.



The structural shift in the South African economy is expected to sustain our country's economic growth rate however, the possibility of a higher interest rate could slow down growth in retail. We remain well positioned to deliver solid growth. Expansion plans in corporate stores are on track with 4.66% trading space opened in Clothing and Home over the period, and 6.36% in Food. A further trading update will be released in early January 2006. The interim results for the 26-week period to 25 December 2005 are scheduled for publication in mid-February 2006.

25 Aug 2005 09:08:44
(C)
05 Aug 2005 10:21:45
(Official Notice)
08 Jul 2005 08:39:45
(Official Notice)
Woolies operating group increased sales for the twelve months to June 2005 by 15.7% compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales growth was 9.8%. Clothing and Home grew sales by 11.6% in total and 8.3% in comparable store sales with an average deflation rate of approximately 1% over the period. Food sales grew by 19.5% in total and by 11.4% in comparable store sales with an average inflation rate of approximately 3% over the period. Sales for the Australian subsidiary Country Road, were 9% higher in Australian dollar terms compared to the same period last year with unit sales growth in excess of 30%. Margins have been impacted by significant one-off costs associated with the transition to the new design processes and timetable, as well as higher mark-downs taken to clear winter stocks following an unseasonably warm winter. Profit in Country Road is expected to be in line with last year.



This statement has not been reviewed or reported on by the companys external auditors. The groups results for the year ending 30 June 2005 are expected to be released on SENS on 25 August 2005.
11-Feb-2016
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Woolworths Holdings Ltd. is a South African-based retail group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since 1997.



The WHL Group consists of three operating subsidiaries, Woolworths (Pty) Ltd. (Woolworths), Country Road Ltd. (Country Road Group) and David Jones Ltd. (David Jones) which was acquired with effect from 1 August 2014. Woolworths Financial Services (Pty) Ltd. (Woolworths Financial Services) is a joint venture with Barclays Africa Group, who has the controlling interest in Woolworths Financial Services.


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