City Lodge Hotels has reported low single-digit growth in first-half profit as occupancies in its home market declined. Normalised headline earnings inched up 2% to R197.12m as the occupancy rate dipped to 66% in the six months to December from 69% a year ago, the company said on Thursday. The drop in occupancies was mainly due to low business and consumer confidence in SA where the group has 54 hotels. Occupancies in Botswana were on a par with the previous year and Kenyan operations achieved slightly higher occupancies.

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