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financial summary


        Group  
        2006   2005  
Income Statement              
   Turnover   R’000   10 000 621   8 714 338  
   Gross profit   R’000   1 953 576   1 778 578  
   Headline earnings   R’000   251 612   200 530  
Balance Sheet              
   Ordinary shareholders’ interest R’000   1 593 949   1 416 939  
   Interest-bearing loans and borrowings R’000   213 706   260 707  
   Total assets   R’000   3 684 407   3 331 679  
Cash Flow              
   Cash inflow from operating activities before distributions R’000   219 960   99 321  
   Net interest paid   R’000   60 003   49 086  
   Capital expenditure   R’000   162 315   170 106  
   Depreciation and amortisation   R’000   108 602   104 734  
Performance              
   Turnover growth   %   14.8   8.6  
   Comparable stores turnover growth %   9.9   8.9  
   Gross profit growth   %   9.8   *  
   Gross profit margin   %   19.5   20.4  
   Inventory turn   times   6.9   6.1  
   Return on total assets   %   7.2   6.0  
   Return on shareholders’ interest %   16.7   14.2  
   Interest-bearing debt to shareholders’ interest at year-end %   16.4   19.4  
   Interest-bearing debt, including cash, to shareholders’ interest at year-end %   13.8   15.1  
Statistics              
   Number of permanent employees     9 058   8 947  
   Number of stores – company owned     664   663  
  – franchised     15   15  
   Weighted retail trading area – company owned m2   237 575   249 417  
Share statistics              
   Headline earnings per share – undiluted cents   73.1   59.0  
  – diluted cents   71.0   57.4  
   Distribution per share – interim cents   11.2   11.2  
  – final cents   22.0   18.5  
   Distribution cover   times   2.2   2.0  
   Net asset value per share   cents   459   416  
   Net tangible asset value per share cents   320   275  
   Share price – closing cents   1 035   810  
  – high cents   1 121   990  
  – low cents   780   690  
   Number of shares in issue (gross) ’000   355 488   370 260  
   Number of shares in issue (net of treasury shares) ’000   347 613   340 519  
   Weighted average number of shares in issue (net of treasury shares) ’000   344 337   339 914  
   Weighted average diluted number of shares in issue (net of treasury shares) ’000   354 365   349 358  
   Market capitalisation (gross) at 31 August R’000   3 679 301   2 999 106  
   Market capitalisation (net of treasury shares) at 31 August R’000   3 597 795   2 758 204  
   Price earnings ratio at 31 August times   14.2   13.7  
   Volume of shares traded for the year ’000   226 921   131 882  
   Percentage of shares traded during the year %   65.9   38.8  
   Free float (including treasury shares) %   97.1   98.3  
* Not available as 2004 income statement has not been restated in accordance with IFRS