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Shoprite to discontinue operations in Nigeria after 15 years

Africa’s biggest retailer, Shoprite has announced plans to exit the continent’s most populous country, Nigeria after 15 years. 

The retailer, which is based in Cape Town, South Africa, has started the formal process to consider the sale of all or a majority stake in its shares in Nigeria.

This was revealed in a trading statement for the 52 weeks (1 year) to end the month of June, which was released on Monday, 3 August.

Shoprite’s exit will now be the first in the past few years as the Nigerian markets have become so hostile that Mr Price and Woolworths also exited the country a few years ago.

In the same trading statement, the retailing giant said that the recently released results do not reflect their operations in Nigeria as it will be classified as a discontinued operation.

International supermarkets (excluding Nigeria) contributed 11.6% to group sales and reported a 1.4% decline in sales from 2018. South African operations contributed 78% of overall sales and saw an 8.7% rise for the year.

Nigerians have now taken to social media to react to the news, with many saying what is obvious: this is definitely not good news.

See the reactions below:

Simbiat Haroun studied Computer Science at the University of Lagos. She enjoys doing research and spends most of her time reading. She can be contacted at simbiat@sidomexuniversal.com.


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