BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. says its net profit for the second quarter was down 86.1 per cent from the same time last year, dropping to $50 million or 13 cents per share.
The grocery and pharmacy retail company said its net earnings available to common shareholders were negatively affected by adjustments to the fair value of a liability and costs related to an acquisition by Choice Properties.
Excluding those items, Loblaw’s adjusted net earnings were down a less dramatic 5.6 per cent to $421 million, or $1.11 per share.
Overall revenue was $10.92 billion for the 12 weeks ended June 16, down $157 million or 1.4 per cent from the second quarter of 2017 — reflecting the sale of the company’s gas bar operations last year.
Same-store sales growth at the food retail division was 0.8 per cent, excluding gas bar operations, while drug retail same-store sales growth at Shoppers Drug Mart was 1.7 per cent.
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