Financial statements release for 2018, published on 6 February 2019
Estimates for the outlook for the net sales and comparable operating profit for Kesko Group's continuing operations are given for the 12-month period following the reporting period (1/2019-12/2019) in comparison with the 12 months preceding the end of the reporting period (1/2018-12/2018). The outlook is based on IFRS in force on 31 December 2018, and does not take account of the impacts of IFRS 16 Leases, which took effect on 1 January 2019.
The general economic situation and the expected trend in consumer demand vary in Kesko's different operating countries. In Finland, the trading sector is expected to grow. In the Finnish grocery trade, intense competition is expected to continue, although, as purchasing power increases, the importance of quality will be emphasised more than previously. In the building and technical trade, the growth in B2B sales is expected to continue stronger than the growth in the retail market. The market is expected to grow in the Nordic and Baltic countries, but at a somewhat slower rate.
In comparable terms, the net sales for continuing operations for the next 12 months are expected to exceed the level of the previous 12 months. The comparable operating profit for continuing operations for the next 12-month period is expected to exceed the level of the preceding 12 months. However, investments in information systems and digital services will burden profitability during the period. In the car trade, profitability is burdened by the shift to WLTP emissions testing, which postpones car delivery times. In the building and technical trade, the share of own retailing has risen following the acquisitions carried out, which increases profit-related seasonal fluctuations.
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