Lenta Ltd., BVI-registered company operating one of the largest retail chains in Russia, announced its consolidated sales and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year period ended 31 December 2017. For the fourth quarter of 2017, company’s total sales grew 23.4% as compared to the same period of 2016; sales growth was 5.2%. In Q4 2017, 30 new hypermarkets and 33 new supermarkets were opened, allowing the total store amount to reach 328 as at 31 December 2017.
In the twelve months ended 31 December 2017, total sales grew 19.2% as compared to the previous year results. Annual sales growth made 0.9%. During the reported year Lenta opened 40 new hypermarkets and 49 new supermarkets and started expansion in Siberia and Ural regions.
Lenta’s CEO Jan Dunning commented on the operating results: “Lenta’s sales growth accelerated to 23% in the fourth quarter of 2017, driven by an improvement in like-for-like sales growth to 5.2% combined with a 21% increase in selling space. Customers reacted positively to continuing improvements in our offering, range, marketing and communication and this led to substantial improvements in both like-for-like ticket and traffic growth.”