Hardware is the weak spot in Woolworths' solid showing

Momentum is starting to flow through Woolworths' food and liquor operations, but the poor performances of Big W and Masters are blemishes on chief executive Grant O'Brien's otherwise impressive record.

If it weren’t for the major question mark over the viability of the loss-making hardware strategy and the tough environment for discount department stores, Grant O’Brien would be receiving accolades for what he has achieved so far at Woolworths.

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