interim group results for the six months ended 29 February 2008
    6 months to   6 months to   Year to
    29 February 2008   28 February 2007 % 31 August 2007
R000 Note (unaudited)   (unaudited) change (audited)
Continuing operations            
Revenue   5 878 718   5 214 863 12.7 10 529 632
Turnover   5 640 981   4 989 120 13.1 10 051 373
Cost of merchandise sold   (4 518 413)   (4 038 332) 11.9 (8 153 049)
Gross profit   1 122 568   950 788 18.1 1 898 324
Other income   226 634   220 657 2.7 462 393
Expenses   (1 049 267)   (911 029) 15.2 (1 866 889)
  Depreciation and amortisation   (46 410)   (38 620) 20.2 (81 587)
  Occupancy costs   (152 091)   (138 978) 9.4 (284 605)
  Employment costs   (490 060)   (421 789) 16.2 (891 262)
  Other costs   (360 706)   (311 642) 15.7 (609 435)
Profit/(loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment   18 806   (812)   29 402
Profit on disposal of business   1 244    
Goodwill impairment       (250)
Operating profit before financing costs   319 985   259 604 23.3 522 980
Net financing costs   (16 406)   (22 216) (26.2) (38 827)
   Financial income   11 103   5 086   15 866
   Financial expense   (27 509)   (27 302)   (54 693)
               
Profit before taxation   303 579   237 388 27.9 484 153
Income tax expense   (82 300)   (64 825) 27.0 (129 965)
Profit for the period from continuing operations   221 279   172 563 28.2 354 188
Discontinued operations            
Profit for the period from discontinued operations 1 33 681   13 601   26 320
Total profit for the period   254 960   186 164   380 508
Headline earnings            
Total profit for the period   254 960   186 164 37.0 380 508
Adjustments for            
  Profit/(loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment   (16 237)   1 383   (23 836)
  Profit on disposal of business   (28 742)    
  Goodwill impairment       250
Headline earnings   209 981   187 547 12.0 356 922
Headline earnings per share (cents)   68.6   54.7 25.4 106.1
Diluted headline earnings per share (cents)   67.8   53.9 25.8 103.0
Earnings per share (cents)   83.3   54.3 53.4 113.2
Diluted earnings per share (cents)   82.4   53.5 54.0 109.9
Distributions per share (cents)            
  Proposed/paid June   18.8   15.0 25.3 15.0
   Paid December           33.2