Holiday Divides Retail Winners From Losers

The 2017 holiday season was believed to be the strongest for retailers since 2011 with increased spending from consumers. That said, there continues to be a wide split between the winners and losers in retail according to Sucharita Kodali, a retail analyst with Forrester.

Kodali said top-line sales were strong throughout the holiday season, but when all the receipts are tallied and reported to investors over the next 45 days there will be winners and losers given the highly promotional holiday deals which likely eroded margins in categories like apparel and toys.

She said Amazon, Starbucks, Wal-Mart Stores, Five Below, Ulta and Sephora are likely among the winners. She said Macy’s likely also pulled off a decent year, but with 21 retailer bankruptcies announced last year — 13 of which were in the fashion sector — there will be more losers than winners when the dust settles.    MORE

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