Upbeat Wesfarmers flags growth, capital management

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 22 : 16-Aug-18

Perth-based conglomerate Wesfarmers has posted a 2017-18 net profit of $A1.19bn, which is 58.3 per cent lower than previously. The full-year result was marred by writedowns, including a $1.4bn hit due to its ill-fated expansion into the UK and Ireland. Wesfarmers’ underlying net profit from continuing operations exceeded market expectations at $2.9bn. MD Rob Scott has indicated that surplus capital following asset sales and the Coles demerger will be returned to shareholders.

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WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES GROUP LIMITED, KMART AUSTRALIA LIMITED, TARGET AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BUNNINGS GROUP LIMITED, KMART TYRE AND AUTO, OFFICEWORKS SUPERSTORES PTY LTD

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