In morning trade the Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN) share price has edged lower.
At the time of writing the retailer’s shares are down slightly to $4.31.
Why is the Harvey Norman share price heading lower?
Ahead of its annual general meeting in Sydney, Harvey Norman released a sales update.
According to the release, the aggregated sales from wholly-owned company-operated stores and from independent Harvey Norman, Domayne, and Joyce Mayne branded franchised complexes totalled $2.44 billion for the period July 1 to October 31.
This was an increase of 2% on the aggregated sales generated in the prior corresponding period. Comparable aggregated sales for the period increased by 1.7%.
Some of this gain is attributable to favourable currency movements. The British pound, Euro, Singaporean dollar, Malaysian Ringgit, and New Zealand dollar all strengthened against the Australian dollar.
A summary of how its businesses performed during the period can be seen on the table below:
What else happened at the annual general meeting?
Harvey Norman provided shareholders with a reminder of how it performed in FY 2019.
It delivered an 8.8% increase in reported profit before tax to $574.56 million, a 4.5% increase in earnings per share to 34.7 cents, and declared a 33 cents per share dividend.
It also noted that 23% of its profit before tax is now generated overseas. This looks set to continue growing in the coming years, with management seeing a major opportunity in the Malaysia market.
As you can see above, Malaysia appears to be a market which has the potential to cater to a much larger number of Harvey Norman stores compared to where it stands now.
This could be a key driver of growth in the future, helping to offset a potential slowdown in growth in the increasingly saturated Australian market.
Elsewhere on the market today, the JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) share price is trading slightly lower, potentially in response to this update.
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