Tesco shines in home market, beats annual profit forecast

A Tesco supermarket in Glasgow, Scotland.

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A Tesco supermarket in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tesco beat expectations having a 28 percent rise in full-year profit on Wednesday, helped by a strong end to the year in its home market, underlining the recovery of Britain’s biggest retailer under Chief Executive Dave Lewis.

The supermarket group, which will be expanding to provide food to restaurants, bars as well as smaller rivals having a 4 billion pound ($5.7 billion) purchase of wholesaler Booker, made an operating profit of 1.644 billion pounds inside the year to Feb. 24.

that will compared to Tesco’s guidance of “at least” 1.575 billion pounds as well as 1.28 billion pounds made in 2016-17.

Shares in Tesco were up 3.6 percent at 0715 GMT.

“We are generating significant levels of cash as well as net debt will be down by almost 6 billion pounds over the last three years,” Lewis said. “All of that will puts us firmly on track to deliver our medium-term ambitions.”

Lewis joined Tesco in 2014, tasked with turning around a market leader which was battling a fall in sales as well as profits due to changing shopping habits as well as the rise of German discounters Aldi as well as Lidl.

An accounting scandal, uncovered shortly after his arrival, then plunged the group into the worst crisis in its near 100-year history.

Lewis first stabilized Tesco, then got the idea growing again having a focus on more competitive prices, brand new as well as streamlined product ranges, better customer service as well as much-much better supplier relationships.

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