Cairns laments declining domestic sales


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The decline in disposable incomes of consumers saw volumes at Cairns Foods and ME Charhons decline from December to February, but Cairns Holdings still managed to increase its revenue by 664 percent from $9.2 billion last year to $70.4 billion in the six months to February.

The, company, however, says the economy continues to be in decline. Domestic sales are therefore likely to remain low.

According to its results, operating profit increased from $2.7 billion to $25.3 billion while net profit shot up from nearly $2 billion to $11.6 billion.

ME Charhon contributed 24 percent of turnover, an improvement from 20 percent.

Paprika’s contribution remained at 5 percent. Though Paprika was refurbished to world class standards after its plant had been damaged by fire in April last year, it was now facing viability problems because of the poor exchange rate price.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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