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Commentary

Continuing
Group   operationsGroup
  200520042004
Income Statement
TurnoverR'000   8 714 3387 369 472   8 024 123
Gross profitR'0001 709 4761 537 6091 747 350
Headline earningsR'000221 638242 094264 660
Balance Sheet 
Shareholders' interestR'0001 340 2231 319 1551 319 155
Loans payableR'000260 707340 549340 549
Total assetsR'0003 190 1753 157 4333 157 433
Cash Flow
Net cash inflow from operating activities before dividendsR'00099 321247 171316 786
Net interest paidR'00049 08654 47059 778
Capital expenditureR'000170 106139 767160 349
Depreciation and amortisationR'000104 734100 425109 021
Performance
Turnover growth%8.628.28.9
Comparable stores turnover growth – southern Africa%8.98.18.1
Gross profit growth%(2.2)26.8(0.5)
Gross profit margin%19.620.921.8
Inventory turntimes5.45.65.6
Return on total assets%7.07.38.0
Return on shareholders' interest%16.719.418.4
Net interest-bearing debt to shareholders' interest%20.526.526.5
Net interest-bearing debt, including cash, to shareholders' interest%15.2(4.6)(4.6)
Statistics
Number of permanent employees8 9479 0119 011
Number of stores – company owned663681681
– franchised151515
Weighted trading area – company ownedm2249 417231 037231 037
Share Statistics
Headline earnings per share – undilutedcents65.268.574.9
 – dilutedcents63.266.772.9
Dividends per share – interimcents11.212.5
 – finalcents18.522.5
Dividend covertimes2.22.1
Net asset value per sharecents394382
Net tangible asset value per sharecents368352
Share price – closingcents810770
– highcents990799
– lowcents690660
Number of shares in issue (gross)'000370 260361 205
Number of shares in issue (net of treasury shares)'000340 519345 391
Weighted average number of shares in issue'000339 914353 571
Weighted average diluted number of shares in issue'000350 433363 046
Market capitalisation (gross) at 31 AugustR'0002 999 1062 781 279
Market capitalisation (net of treasury shares) at 31 AugustR'0002 758 2042 659 511
Price earnings ratio at 31 Augusttimes12.410.3
Volume of shares traded for the year'000131 882163 031
Percentage of shares traded during the year%38.846.1
Free float (including treasury shares)%98.398.8