The UK’s largest retailer has reported a doubling of first-half profits and raised its full-year outlook – shrugging off the challenges posed by supply chain disruption in the industry.
Tesco said it had grown sales during the first six months of its financial year and weathered headwinds including “high” levels of enforced COVID-19 isolation among staff.
The company declared its supply chain had also demonstrated “resilience” despite a hit from lorry driver shortages.
Profit before tax over the six months to August rose above £1.1bn from £551m in the same period last year – aided by a dive in pandemic related costs.
Group revenue was 2.6% higher at £27.3bn with UK like-for-like sales rising 1.2% – building on a 0.5% increase in the first quarter of the financial year – though it expected some of that recent growth would “fall away” in the coming months.
Tesco, which has a 27% share of the UK grocery market, said it had “outperformed” rivals and was expecting operating profits for the year of between £2.5bn and £2.6bn.
It revealed an interim dividend of 3.2p-per-share – in line with the same period in 2020 – and said it was to launch a share buyback programme to begin next year.
Chief executive Ken Murphy told investors: “We’ve had a strong six months; sales and profit have grown ahead of expectations and we’ve outperformed the market.
“I’m really pleased with our progress as we increased customer satisfaction and grew market share leading to a strong financial performance.
“With various different challenges currently affecting the industry, the resilience of our supply chain and the depth of our supplier partnerships has once again been shown to be a key asset.”
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