Albertsons marks ‘transformational year’ in fiscal 2020

CEO Vivek Sankaran says well-executed strategic plan fueled strong sales, earnings growth


Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Apr 26, 2021


Albertsons Cos. tallied double-digit gains in identical sales and saw digital sales surge over 250% in its 2020 fourth quarter and fiscal year.


For the 12 weeks ended Feb. 27, net sales and other revenue totaled $15.77 billion, up 2.2% from $15.44 billion in the 13-week fiscal 2019 fourth quarter, Albertsons said Monday. The Boise, Idaho-based grocer attributed the uptick mainly to an 11.8% year-over-year rise in identical sales, partially offset by the impact of the 53rd week a year ago and lower fuel sales.


Full-year 2020 net sales and other revenue, covering 52 weeks, climbed 11.6% to $69.69 billion from $62.46 billion in 53-week fiscal 2019. A 16.9% identical-sales increase drove results, despite a partial offset from lower fuel sales and the extra week in 2019, according to the company.


“As a result of our team’s execution, we delivered strong performance in the fourth quarter and record results for the year,” Albertsons President and CEO Vivek Sankaran told analysts in a conference call on Monday...