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Agrium distributes crop nutrients, crop protection products, and seeds to farmers globally. It is also produces and distributes the three essential classes of plant nutrients – potassium, phosphates, and nitrogen – via wholesale and retail avenues. Besides crop nutrients, the retail operations also markets crop protection products, seeds, custom application and other agronomic services to customers. Retail (86% FY16 sales and 82% FY16 Gross Profit) consists of Crop Nutrients (30% FY16 segment Gross Profit), Crop Protection (40% FY16 segment Gross Profit), Seed (10% FY16 segment sales), Merchandise (4% FY16 segment Gross Profit), and Service & Other (16% FY16 segment Gross Profit). Wholesale (19% FY16 sales and 17% FY16 Gross Profit) consists of Nitrogen (68% FY16 segment Gross Profit), Potash (9% FY16 segment Gross Profit), Phosphate (8% FY16 segment Gross Profit), with Product Purchased for Resale (1% FY16 segment Gross Profit) and Other Wholesale (15% FY16 segment Gross Profit) rounding out the business. (06 Feb 2018)

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