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SM Retail posts solid sales growth

SM Retail of the Philippines has reported a 6.5 per cent increase in sales over the first nine months of the year to PHP145.3 billion (US$3.1 billion).

Profit rose 21 per cent to PHP4.6 billion (US$98.2 million).

Reviewing its operating divisions over the period, the company said its SM Food Retail Group (SM Markets) continued to expand in both urban and rural communities in various parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, adding 20 new stores, most of which are standalone Savemore stores.

From historically operating anchor stores based in malls, SM Markets now follows a multi-format growth strategy to address the lack of organised retail in many parts of the country.

SM Markets also recently invested in the minimart business with Alfamart, a successful minimart operator in Indonesia, and forged partnerships with WalterMart and Citymalls to further facilitate its provincial growth. Acquisition of existing chains of stores is another part of its growth strategy, the latest of which was the three stores of Cherry Foodarama.

The SM Store will maintain its strategy of growing as an anchor store in SM Malls which are targeting expansion in the provincial areas. The SM Store continues to be the leading player in the country’s department store business, enjoying a wide-reaching and loyal customer base. It competes by providing the widest assortment of products and services, complemented by well-designed stores.

As at the end of September, SM Retail had 294 stores, comprising 51 The SM Stores, 41 SM Supermarkets, 43 SM Hypermarkets, 130 Savemore stores and 29 WalterMart stores

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