JOHANNESBURG, April 10 (Reuters) - South African retailer Pick n Pay Stores Ltd said on Monday it expects full-year profit to increase between 15 to 20 percent, buoyed by disciplined cost measures and higher productivity in stores.
* Headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the 52 weeks ended February 2017 will be between 257.65 and 268.85 cents per share compared to 224.04 cents per share in 2016.
* “Greater operating efficiency is evident in the strong discipline on cost, more centralised supply chain and higher productivity in stores,” the company said in a statement.
* Pick n Pay, which also trades in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, said turnover growth of 7 percent reflects a difficult trading environment, alongside some internal disruption from refurbishments and store closures.
* Sluggish economic growth, depressed consumer confidence and heightened competition is weighing on retailers in South Africa.
* Pick n Pay has lost ground in South Africa to rivals such as market leader Shoprite, after failing to invest in new stores. But Richard Brasher, a former UK head of Tesco who took over as Pick n Pay CEO in 2013, is implementing a plan to win back market share.
* The firm is expected to release its full-year results on April 19. (Reporting by Nqobile Dludla, editing by Pritha Sarkar)