WOOLWORTHS AUSTRALIA HIKES VOLUME BY 10% IN FIRST HALF

SYDNEY, Australia (FNS) -- Woolworths here reported a 10% increase in group sales to $6.0 billion ($9 billion Australian) in the first half of the fiscal year, and officials expect similar results in the second half.$5.0 billion, which the company attributed to a strong holiday selling period and an upswing in consumer confidence, which has continued into the second half.Foods associated with the

SYDNEY, Australia (FNS) -- Woolworths here reported a 10% increase in group sales to $6.0 billion ($9 billion Australian) in the first half of the fiscal year, and officials expect similar results in the second half.

$5.0 billion, which the company attributed to a strong holiday selling period and an upswing in consumer confidence, which has continued into the second half.

Foods associated with the holidays -- such as ham and turkey and sweets -- plus nonfood merchandise such

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