Smiths News Reports Operating Profit Growth


Smiths News, a prominent UK wholesaler of newspapers and magazines, has announced its operating profit for the year ended August 26. The company’s revenue growth, primarily attributed to increased one-off sales, has resulted in an operating profit in line with market expectations.

Strong Revenue Growth

Despite facing challenges in the industry, Smiths News has reported a 0.2% increase in revenue. This growth can be attributed to significant cover price rises and the boost from major events such as the World Cup and other one-off news events throughout the year.

Positive Outlook

Smiths News’ board is optimistic about the future and expects to recommend a final dividend of no less than 2.7 pence per ordinary share held for fiscal 2023. This reflects their confidence in the company’s performance and their commitment to rewarding shareholders.

Mitigating the Impacts of Inflation

Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Bunting attributes the company’s success to a well-rounded strategy focused on securing operational efficiencies, enhancing core operations, and developing adjacent revenue streams. This approach has played a crucial role in mitigating the impacts of inflation on the business.

Smiths News continues to navigate the evolving landscape of the publishing industry, adapting to change while maintaining its commitment to excellence.

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