Woolworths will continue its plan to close Big W stores despite an improvement in the department chain's sales.
Big W leaked another $85 million in earnings during the year, in line with guidance, despite sales from continuing operations increasing by 4.2 per cent to $3.8 billion.
The department chain's result was, however, an improvement on a $110 million earnings loss a year ago.
"We were pleased with the material improvement in sales growth in Big W over the course of FY19, with customers noticing the improvements we have been making to price, range and in-store experience," Woolworths Chief executive Brad Banducci said.
Earlier this year, Big W announced it would close 30 stores over three years, plus two distribution centres.
The first three stores to go are Fairfield, Chullora and Auburn, all in Sydney's west.
They'll be closed by January 2020.
This story first appeared on 7NEWS.com.au.