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Sainsbury's and Argos report on Q4 trading

Argos in a Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's has reported on fourth quarter trading, covering the nine weeks to 11 March 2017. 

A summary of the results follow. The full publication can be found here.

  • Combined Sainsbury’s and Argos like-for-like sales up 0.3 per cent (excl. fuel)
  • Sainsbury’s: Total Retail sales up 0.1 per cent (excl. fuel) and like-for-like Retail sales down 0.5 per cent (excl. fuel)
  • Argos: Total sales up 3.8 per cent and like-for-like sales up 4.3 per cent

Mike Coupe, Group Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased with this performance and are making good progress against our key priorities. Customers appreciate the quality, choice and value of our differentiated food offer and our Tu clothing brand again performed ahead of the market, with sales up five per cent.

Argos delivered another strong quarter of growth, with like-for-like sales up by over four per cent. We are investing in digital to deliver excellent service and availability, with enhancements to the Argos website and app. Online participation is growing, driven by mobile and Fast Track delivery and customers are responding well to new ranges.

“Sainsbury’s Bank continues to deliver good growth and our competitive personal loan offers sold well.

“The market remains very competitive and the impact of cost price pressures remains uncertain. However, we are well placed to navigate the external environment and remain focused on delivering our strategy.”

Total Retail sales and like-for-like Retail sales performances for Sainsbury’s, Argos and the Group are set out in the tables below:

Sainsbury’s Retail sales growth excluding fuel     
Total0.3%(0.4)% (0.1)%(0.3)% (1.4)%(0.6)%(0.4)%
Total (excl. impact of sale of Pharmacy business)   0.8%0.1%0.6% 
Sainsbury’s Retail sales growth including fuel       
Total (excl. impact of sale of Pharmacy business)   2.4%1.0%1.9% 
Like-for-like(1.0)%(0.5)% (0.7)% 1.7% 0.3% 1.2% 0.2% 
Argos Retail sales growth   Q3Q4H2 
Total   4.1%3.8%4.1% 
Like-for-like   4.0%4.3%4.1%


At the end of the quarter, Sainsbury’s had 605 supermarkets and 806 convenience stores (including seven franchise stores).

At the end of the quarter, Argos and Habitat store estate was as follows: 

2016/17H1  Q3Q4
Argos stores725723712
Argos in Sainsbury's 15 3041
Argos in Homebase958357

Argos’ historic total and like-for-like sales performance is set out below. This reflects its pre-acquisition periods: FY2015/16 for the 52 weeks to 27 February 2016; Q1 for the 13 weeks to 28 May 2016; Q2 for the 13 weeks to 27 August 2016; and H1 for the 26 weeks to 27 August 2016 


FY 2015/16








Argos sales growth (ex VAT)


















Source : Sainsbury's 

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16 March 2017

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