By Stuart Condie
SYDNEY--Australian supermarket giant Woolworths raised its dividend after a 4.6% rise in annual profit, while warning of the impact of wage increases and energy prices on future earnings.
Woolworths on Wednesday reported a continuing-operations net profit for the 52 weeks through June 25 of 1.62 billion Australian dollars (US$1.04 billion). Revenue rose 5.7% to A$64.29 billion.
Directors declared a final dividend of 58 Australian cents a share, up from 53 Australian cents a year earlier.
Net profit fell 80% on a statutory basis, reflecting the impact of the prior period's demerger of its Endeavour drinks and hospitality business.
Woolworths said that fiscal 2024 costs would show the impact of material wage increases and inflation in energy and transport. Earnings growth for the period should be viewed with that in mind, CEO Brad Banducci said.
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