Sonae MC, the food retail unit of Portugal’s Sonae, reported a turnover of €5.36 billion in its financial year 2021, a 6.3% increase compared to the previous year (+3.4% on a like-for-like basis).
The hypermarket segment reported 2.4% sales growth, to €1.8 billion, while supermarkets saw turnover increasing by 5.9%, to €2.7 billion.
The company's 'new growth businesses and others' segment registered the highest growth rate, of 16.5%, reporting €885 million in sales.
Sonae MC opened 64 company-operated stores last year, including 12 Continente Bom Dia proximity stores, adding 25,000 square metres of sales space.
The company ended the year with 1,343 stores, including franchises, and a total sales area of 911,000 square metres.
Online sales in the same period grew by about 30%, reinforcing leadership in the segment.
The company noted that 2021 was 'another year marked by the constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic'.
'Remarkable Growth Rates'
According to chief executive, Luís Moutinho, the company achieved "remarkable growth rates, both in total and LFL shops, in a highly uncertain and challenging context.”
He also added that Sonae MC outperformed market growth, enabling the group to boost its market leadership position.
Moutinho added, "[The year] 2022 will bring different challenges: we are confident that we are in a privileged position to overcome all difficulties and find new opportunities to exceed our customers our customers' expectations, keeping the company on its path of solid growth, with a strengthened ambition and a strong sense of purpose."
In August of last year, Sonae SGPS reached an agreement to sell 24.99% of its grocery retail unit Sonae MC to CVC Advisers Company (CVC Funds).