Supermarket giant Morrisons has revealed profit growth of 16.9% to £380m, in a third consecutive year of positive financial growth.
The group’s like-for-like sales also rose to 2.8% in 2018, compared with 1.9% the previous year, and revenue increased by 5.8% to £17.3bn. In the trading update the group said it is confident a broader, stronger Morrisons will continue to grow.
Chairman Andrew Higginson said: “Morrisons is now entering its third consecutive year of growth, which is a credit to the whole team. We will continue to prioritise consistent, meaningful and sustainable growth, which I am confident we are well placed to keep delivering.”
David Potts, CEO, added: “We had a strong year, becoming more competitive and increasingly differentiating Morrisons for all stakeholders. We are pleased to be paying shareholders a special dividend of 4p a share, which reflects our good performance so far and confidence for the future.
“All parts of our progress so far have one common link: our colleagues. Listening to customers, responding, and improving the shopping trip are as important now as when we started this turnaround three years ago.”