August 29, 2019 / 6:13 AM / 24 days ago

South Africa's Woolworths profit falls as Australia charge hurts

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 (Reuters) - South African retailer Woolworths Holdings Ltd posted a 2.1% drop in annual earnings and said it had written down the value of its Australian upmarket department store chain David Jones on subdued consumer spending in a slowing economy.

The food and clothing group booked an impairment charge of A$437.4 million ($295.42 million) against David Jones, reducing the unit’s valuation to about A$965 million, it said in a statement on Thursday.

The food and clothing group said adjusted headline earnings per share, which exclude the impairment, for the 52 weeks ended June fell to 356.3 cents from 364.1 cents in the previous 52-week period.

HEPS is the main profit gauge in South Africa and strips out certain one-off items.

$1 = 1.4806 Australian dollars Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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