MONTERREY, MEXICO--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2016) - Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. ("FEMSA") (
Third Quarter 2016 Highlights:
Carlos Salazar Lomelín, FEMSA's CEO, commented: "During the third quarter, FEMSA Comercio continued its strong pace of growth across divisions, increasing revenues by almost 40 percent versus the comparable period of last year. At the Retail Division, OXXO once again delivered solid top line growth, driven not just by the sustained pace of new store openings, but also by a robust increase in same-store sales of 5.7 percent, against a very demanding comparison base. At the Health Division revenue growth was also strong, while the operating margin in Mexico reflected the intensity of our work on the integration of a single operating platform, as well as the longer maturation process of our stores in new regions of the country such as the state of Veracruz. Meanwhile in South America, where we recently made a small bolt-on acquisition, our drugstore operations continued to perform ahead of plan. For its part, the Fuel Division saw double-digit growth in same-station sales, as well as healthy price-driven improvements in profitability even as we made progress in our sustained expansion strategy and in the re-branding of our existing stations with the new OXXO GAS image.
"At Coca-Cola FEMSA, during the third quarter we saw a tale of two regions. In Mexico, a supportive consumer backdrop combined with our execution to drive incremental transactions, volumes and pricing, resulting in a solid top line for this key operation. However, most of our markets in South America continued to face adverse consumer and macroeconomic environments, and we saw raw material cost pressures across territories, particularly sugar; therefore our results reflect these ongoing challenges.
"As we head into the final months of 2016, there is much work to be done but we are cautiously optimistic as we set our objectives for next year for which we have, as always, high expectations."
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FEMSA is a leading company that participates in the beverage industry through Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world by volume; and in the beer industry, through its ownership of the second largest equity stake in Heineken, one of the world's leading brewers with operations in over 70 countries. In the retail industry it participates through FEMSA Comercio, comprising a Retail Division operating various small-format store chains including OXXO, a Fuel Division, operating the OXXO GAS chain of retail service stations, and a Health Division, which includes drugstores and related operations. Additionally, through its Strategic Businesses unit, it provides logistics, point-of-sale refrigeration solutions and plastics solutions to FEMSA's business units and third-party clients.
1 Excludes non-comparable results and significant acquisitions in the last twelve months.