New Zealand news & analysis

24 February 2021
Woolworths Group has reported half year sales up 10.6% to AU$35,845m and EBIT up 10.5% to AU$2,092m for the period ending 3 Jaunuary 2021. Strong growth was seen across all businesses, except hotels, with online sales growing across the group by an impressive 78%. Australian Food sales up 10.6% to AU$23,449m Strong sales growth was seen through the half, slowing marginally in Q2. LFL sales ...
14 September 2020
Woolworths has shaken up its senior executive team in a move what it described as 'supporting its evolution into a food and everyday needs ecosystem'.  New leadership for Woolworths Supermarkets The current managing director of Woolworths New Zealand, Natalie Davis, will return to Australia and become the new Managing Director of Woolworths Supermarkets. Davis has led the business in New Ze...
30 April 2020
Woolworths has released Q3 results for the 13 weeks to 5 April 2020, with sales up 10.7% to AU$16,495m (US$10,797m) and positive growth across all continuing operations. Despite a slow start, the coronavirus pandemic drove a surge in grocery demand and boosted its sales for Q3. Australian Food up 11.3% to AU$11,171m (US$7,312m) Like-for-like (LFL) sales increased 10.3%, benefiting from pant...
22 April 2020
Woolworths has doubled its capacity for online grocery deliveries in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Preparing for lasting increases to online sales An additional 5,000 third-party couriers will join Woolworths' 800 delivery trucks to deliver online orders to homes. This will enable the retailer to offer more delivery windows from the end of this week. A new temporary 7,000...
16 April 2020
Coundown has launched its first darkstore in Auckland, helping the retailer meet the growing demand for ecommerce in the country's largest city. New centre will meet rapidly growing demand Even before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) surge in demand for online grocery deliveries, New Zealand was experiencing some rapid growth in the online channel. The new 8,800 sq m darkstore in Penrose will hel...
27 February 2020
Woolworths has released its H1 2020 results with sales from continuing operations up 6.0% to AU$32,410m and EBIT after significant items up 24.2% to AU$1,762m. Australia Food sales up 6.4% to AU$21,200m The impressive growth was underpinned by a 5.1% increase in LFL sales and driven by both transaction growth and an increase in items per basket. Sales were supported by two strong promotiona...
27 November 2019
Countdown is set to open New Zealand's first darkstore in Auckland in April 2020. Increased capacity for Auckland shoppers The retailer will open its first online dedicated fulfillment centre in response to growing demand for the service. Countdown has been rapidly growing its online sales in recent years, announcing that it now accounts for 7.7% of sales in recent results. The facility wil...
30 October 2019
New Zealand's largest grocery retailer has signed a deal with data analytics company dunnhumby. Partnership restricted to North Island Foodstuffs is the first retailer in New Zealand to partner with dunnhumby, who launched thier business in the region by setting up in Australia in 2018. Foodstuffs business is split into two entities, Foodstuffs North Island and Foodstuffs South Island. The ...
13 June 2019
Costco has announced that it will open its first store in New Zealand. Auckland's Westgate chosen for first store The new 14,000 sq m membership club store will be located at Westgate on the north western edge of Auckland. It will provide a new retail destination for the city, with 800 parking spaces and include groceries, electronics, homewares, plus fuel, a tyre centre, an optometrist and...
02 May 2019
Woolworths has released Q3 results for the 13 weeks to 31 March 2019, with sales up 4.2% to AU$14,898m (US$10,467m) and positive growth across all continuing operations. Australian Food up 4.7% to AU$10,017m (US$7,039m) Like-for-like (LFL) sales increased 3.6% (Easter adjusted 4.2%), benefiting from lower deflation and more settled weather compared to the previous year. Woolworths attribute...