There are more leaders than laggards in retail today, Moody’s says

Source: Moody’s Investor Services

“Distressed [retail] names are growing, but still a small part of our rated universe,” Boni pointed out. “The broader industry remains fundamentally healthy.”

“Bottom line, the retail industry may be undergoing sweeping changes, but there continue to be a number of outperformers.”

Meantime, for all retailers, having an e-commerce presence will continue to drive companies’ growth, Moody’s said. And nobody is “immune” from sector headwinds or from being “caught in the cross-hairs” of Amazon.

Most retailers, if they haven’t already, are preparing to report quarterly earnings in August — what will be a telltale sign of the industry’s health, moving into the second half of the year.

Department stores, which have been tagged the worst of the industry, will post results from Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom and J.C. Penney next week.

According to Thomson Reuters’ same-store sales index, retailers are expected, overall, to post growth of 0.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017, down from 0.9 percent during the same period last year.

See Thomson Reuters’ full second-quarter earnings preview.

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