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South Africa’s Clicks posts slower growth as COVID jabs drop, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Johannesburg: South African pharmacy chain click group on Tuesday reported slower turnover growth for the 20-week period to Jan. 15 reflecting a sharp fall in COVID-19 vaccinations. Turnover rose by 2.9 per cent versus growth of 10.4 per cent seen a year earlier.

Excluding vaccinations, turnover rose by 7.8 per cent to 15.6 billion rands ($902 million) reflecting good volume growth following strong Black Friday and Christmas trading.

“Clicks reported particularly strong growth in beauty, personal care and baby, with customer purchasing behavior normalizing post the relaxation of COVID-19 regulations,” CEO Bertina Engelbrecht said.

The beauty retailer generated just 4 million rand from vaccinations versus 685 million rand a year earlier. Clicks did not share further detail on this.

Its total retail sales grew by 5.5 percent and by 12.2 percent excluding vaccinations.

After more than 4 million COVID-19 infections and over 102,000 deaths, hospitalization and mortality rates have come down significantly in South Africa. As of Jan. 23, over 38 million vaccinations had been administered.

Turnover at United Pharmaceutical Distributors ,upd) – its bulk and wholesale division – grew by 9.9 per cent as sales managed for bulk distribution clients benefited from new contracts and growth in existing clients.

($1 = 17.2870 rand)

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