Are Investors Wrong to Write Off Retailers?

Does the sheer size and power of Amazon mean investors should give up on the high street or are there still gains to be made?

David Brenchley 13 December, 2017 | 1:12PM
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Shoppers on Oxford Street in London

The Great British High Street has been decimated by the growth in popularity of shopping online. BHS, Peacocks, Jaeger, Game, Woolworths, JJB Sports, Comet, HMV, Blockbuster – to name a few – have all fallen foul of e-commerce.

Many brands can point the finger at their assassin; Amazon (AMZN). And the seemingly one-way trajectory, coupled with Brexit uncertainty around the domestic economy have put many fund managers off retailers for good.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Amazon.com Inc3,446.74 USD1.11Rating
International Business Machines Corp149.00 USD0.00
Marks & Spencer Group PLC181.75 GBX-1.33Rating
Scottish Investment Trust Ord755.00 GBX0.13Rating
Tesco PLC269.50 GBX0.60Rating

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David Brenchley

David Brenchley  is a Reporter for Morningstar.co.uk