TOKYO, April 4 Japan's Seven & I Holdings Co
projected a 15 percent operating profit rise for its
current business year on Thursday, helped by convenience store
sales in Japan and expansion overseas.
The parent owner of 7-Eleven, the world's largest
convenience store chain, forecast 340 billion yen ($3.7
billion)in operating profit for the year that began in March,
higher than the average projection of 326.9 billion yen in a
poll of 15 analysts by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Seven & I, which competes at home with Aeon Co and
Seiyu Group, the Japanese arm of Wal-Mart Stores Inc,
has been expanding its domestic convenience store network and
offerings of higher-profit name brand items as it looks to
offset the shrinking of Japan's retail market, the world's
For the year to February, the merchant booked an 295.7
billion yen operating profit, a 1.2 percent year-on-year rise,
marking its second year in a row of record profits since its
establishment as a holding company in 2005.
The earnings announcement came after the end of trade on
Thursday. Seven & I shares have jumped 26.8 percent since the
start of January compared to a 21.5 percent surge in the
benchmark Nikkei average.