Myer Holdings Ltd (ASX: MYR) has reported its FY18 result for the 52 weeks to 28 July 2018.

Myer is one of Australia’s largest department store businesses, with stores located in shopping centres and key shopping destinations in capital cities.

Here are some of the highlights from its report:

  • Sales declined by 3.2% to $3.1 billion
  • Underlying net profit before significant items down 52.2% to $32.5 million
  • Statutory reported loss of $486 million
  • No final dividend will be paid

A key part of the sales decline was that on a comparable store basis sales were down 2.7%. The cost of doing business increased by 1.5% to $1.035 billion.

Myer did highlight that it achieved positive net cash flow of $6 million, resulting in lower net debt of $107 million.

Myer CEO and Managing Director, John King, said: “These results are obviously disappointing and shareholders deserve better. 

The Myer share price has declined by nearly 40% over the past year as investors lose faith that Myer management can turn the business around. However, Mr King has a strategy:

“Our plan is to put our customers first in everything we do. We are refocusing our efforts on marketing our product offering.

We know our customers want high quality, on trend products, at the right price, supported by great customer advice.”

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