Are Retail Stocks a Buy in the January Sales?

THE WEEK: Morningstar columnist Rodney Hobson reviews the Christmas revenues for the troubled retail sector, and considers whether there is any value to be had

Rodney Hobson 25 January, 2019 | 9:30AM

Christmas was not kind to the retail sector stocks sale

It’s a sad reflection on the retail sector that an uninspiring update for the important Christmas period from Dixons Carphone (DC.) should produce a feeling of relief.

Well, at least there were no new nasties, with the performance in the 10 weeks to January 5 in line with the board’s expectations. It is, however, little consolation to be told that Dixons continues to hold or improve its market share in all territories where it operates when those markets are struggling or even shrinking.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Dixons Carphone PLC72.05 GBX-4.57
Marston's PLC36.97 GBX-3.98
WH Smith PLC1,010.00 GBX0.60

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Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson  is a columnist for Morningstar.co.uk and author of several investing books, including The Dividend Investor and How to Build a Share Portfolio.

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