AB Foods share price steady as group posts update

AB Foods share price steady as group posts update
Written by:
Tsveta van Son
4th July 2019
Updated: 11th March 2020

AB Foods’ (LON:ABF) share price has climbed into positive territory in London this morning as the Primark owner posted a trading update, revealing a rise in revenue. The FTSE 100 company further said that its outlook for the full year remained unchanged.

As of 08:58 BST, AB Foods’ share price had added 0.20 percent to 2,449.00p. The shares are marginally outperforming the broader UK market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index currently standing 0.04 percent higher at 7,612.41 points.

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AB Foods posts trading update

AB Foods announced in a statement this morning that its revenue  from continuing businesses for the 40 weeks ended June 22 had climbed three percent year-on-year  at constant currency and two percent at actual exchange rates. Excluding sugar, sales growth from continuing businesses was four percent ahead at both constant currency and at actual exchange rates. At Primark, sales rose four percent, driven by increased selling space partially offset by a decline in like-for-like sales.

The company further reported that revenue from its Sugar business was in line with last year in the third quarter, representing an improvement on the decline in sales in the first half. The results come after AB Foods said earlier this year that it expects profitability in the division to improve.

Primark owner reaffirms outlook

Going forward, AB Foods said that it continues to expect that the full year profit decline in Sugar has been reflected in the first half, and that the full-year outlook for the group remained unchanged, with adjusted earnings per share expected to be in line with last year.

Shore Capital reaffirmed the Primark owner as a ‘buy’ today, without specifying a target on the AB Foods share price. According to MarketBeat, the blue-chip group currently has a consensus ‘buy’ rating and an average valuation of 2,896.69p.

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