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Woolworths Limited operates retail stores in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and India. It operates through five segments: Australian Food, Liquor and Petrol; New Zealand Supermarkets; General Merchandise; Hotels; and Home Improvement. The company operates approximately 931 Woolworths supermarkets; 11 Thomas Dux stores; 893 freestanding liquor stores under the Dan Murphy’s and BWS brands; and 633 petrol canopies of which 131 are co-branded with Woolworths/Caltex in Australia, as well as operates the Cellarmasters, Langtons, and online platforms. It also operates 171 Countdown supermarkets in New Zealand; 182 general merchandise stores under the BIG W brand name; hotels, including bars, dining, gaming, accommodation, and venue hire operations; and home improvement stores comprising 49 Masters stores and 28 Home Timber and Hardware stores. In addition, the company retails apparel and homewares through an online platform, catalogues, and contact centers. Woolworths Limited was founded in 1924 and is based in Bella Vista, Australia.

198,000 Employees
Last Reported Date: 09/22/14
Founded in 1924

woolworths ltd (WOW) Top Compensated Officers

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director an...
Total Annual Compensation: A$4.2M
Chief Financial Officer
Total Annual Compensation: A$985.1K
Managing Director of Australian Food and Liqu...
Total Annual Compensation: A$1.3M
Director of Human Resources
Total Annual Compensation: A$765.1K
Director of Business Development
Total Annual Compensation: A$1.0M
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

woolworths ltd (WOW) Key Developments

Woolworths to Shed an Extra 400 Jobs as it Looks to Save $500 Million in Costs

Woolworths will shed an extra 400 jobs as it looks to save $500 million in costs. The company has already axed about 400 full-time positions from its back office operations. Now a further 400 positions will be cut as the retailer accelerates its `Lean Retail' model designed to save $500 million in costs during the 2015/16 financial year.

Woolworths Limited Announces Sales Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended April 5, 2015

Woolworths Limited announced sales results for the third quarter and nine months ended April 5, 2015. For the third quarter, the company reported sales of $14,956 million against $15,192 million a year ago. Sales decrease by 1.6% including Petrol which was impacted by changes to the Woolworths-Caltex alliance and declining fuel sell prices. Total third quarter sales excluding Petrol was $13,775 million against $13,370 million a year ago. For the year to date, the company reported sales of $47,387 million against $47,035 a year ago. Total sales excluding Petrol was $42,900 million against $41,548 million a year ago.

Woolworths to Face Court over Masters Deal

Woolworths' senior executives are expected to appear in court in coming months to defend a multimillion-dollar damages claim from a Victorian property developer, who is suing Australia's retailer for breach of contract after it pulled the plug on a Masters home improvement store. The property developer, North East Solutions, launched legal action against Woolworths in November 2013 after it refused to contribute to the cost of building a Masters store near Bendigo, and terminated a lease agreement. NES alleges that Woolworths did not act reasonably or in good faith in attempting to resolve differences with the company over the cost of the development. NES, which is owned by an independent food retailer, Brendan Blake, is seeking damages from alleged loss of rental income and appreciation of the property if the store had been built. The company has been in mediation with Woolworths but the talks are believed to have broken down this week and the case is due to return to the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday for directions before a hearing in May 2015. The case is likely to shine a spotlight on the performance of Masters and perceived conflicts of interest between Woolworths' big-box chain and its Danks hardware wholesale business, which supplies independently owned Home Hardware stores. In an amended statement of claim, NES alleges that Masters repudiated the [lease] agreement to avoid causing detriment to another hardware business nearby, namely Home Hardware, with which the defendants had an indirect association. Masters lost $176 million last year and analysts believe the home improvement chain will not break even until 2019 - 10 years after Woolworths bought Danks and unveiled plans to take on Bunnings in the $45 billion home improvement market. NES claims it agreed to lease the store to Masters for 12 years, at a rate of $1.26 million a year or $120 a square metre, with an option to extend for six five-year terms. It also alleged it signed an agreement with Masters to build the store at a cost of $12 million, to which Masters would contribute $3.9 million. NES reduced Woolworths' contribution after Woolworths employed a surveyor and said the works costs were unacceptable. But Woolworths said the new costs were unacceptable and terminated the deal in 2010. Woolworths and its US home improvement partner Lowe's Companies Inc. injected another $45 million into their joint venture last month, after a $90 million top-up in November, taking their total investment over the past five years to $3.02 billion.


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