Primark profits up 10%Wednesday, 22 April 2009
The performance helped ABF report a pre-tax profit of £275m for the same period, down just 2% from a year ago.
ABF, which also owns Silver Spoon sugar, Twinings Tea and Kingsmill bread, said the strong performance of Primark offset continuing weakness in its grocery business, specifically in the US.
ABF said Primark continued to see a "first class performance", with half-year operating profits at the chain up 10% to £122m. Operating profits at ABF's grocery division fell to £62m from £88m. "This is a reassuring set of results achieved in a difficult economic environment," said ABF chief executive George Weston.
ABF said it would now be sticking to its expectations of flat profits for the year to the end of September.