UK Supermarket Stocks Prove Resilient Investments

Investing in UK supermarkets has been perilous in recent years, but shares in firms including Marks & Spencer and Morrisons have been a defensive bolthole this year

James Gard 8 November, 2018 | 9:42AM

Sainsbury's stores

UK supermarket stocks have been hazardous terrain for investors in recent years. Tesco’s accounting scandal rocked the sector, sterling’s fall since the Brexit vote has raised costs for retailers and the emergence of discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have eaten into British firms’ market share.

The rise of Amazon (AMZN) has also cast a shadow over the high street. With the exception of Tesco (TSCO), many supermarkets were slow to join the ecommerce boom; WM Morrison (MRW) only launched its online grocery offering in 2013.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating Inc3,036.15 USD-5.45
Marks & Spencer Group PLC89.14 GBX0.47
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets PLC162.90 GBX-1.12
Sainsbury (J) PLC201.60 GBX-0.25
Tesco PLC205.50 GBX1.23

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