This week we’re sharing retail insights from Jessica Clayton, Head of Retail Transactions and David Larsson, a Partner in EY Parthenon. EY research shows UK retailers displaying more discount discipline during Black Friday week itself, when compared to 2016. But, the extended season, slipping sales and growing pressure on consumers doesn’t bode well. Retailers will … More Retail focus: Black Friday….Red January?
When you consider the financial and reputational risks, it has never been more important for investors and boards to know a company’s level of cyber and data exposure. Yet, whilst many business balance sheets and growth projections look healthy, their cyber-hygiene is often underinvested, contains hidden vulnerabilities and has evidence of compromise – which may … More Bringing cyber risks into the light
High-yield debt is grabbing the headlines again. This blog has picked HY as its potential ‘canary in the coal mine’ – but is it about to stop chirping? This week I’ve picked out three charts that highlight the risks and two that suggest HY debt has a song or two to sing yet.
In the last few weeks, EY surveys and reports have taken the temperature of the UK’s capital confidence, earnings forecasts and the economy. In this week’s blog, we’re pulling this together and picking out five essential takeaways. UK companies face an extraordinary range of challenges; but they are also taking extraordinary measures, doing more than … More Five takeaways….
This week’s blog comes from Alan Hudson Restructuring Leader UK & Ireland. EY’s latest analysis shows UK profit warnings springing back from a seven-year low to hit 75 in Q3 2017 – well above the 62 average for a summer quarter and the biggest quarterly rise in almost six years. This week’s blog takes a … More Profit warning yo-yos and omens
This week’s post comes from Steve Ivermee, Managing Partner, UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. UK M&A activity continued to slow in Q3 2017, with volumes and value down year-on-year. But, there’s a more complex and developing story behind the headlines. It’s one that’s partly driven by the fallout from Brexit, one that’s partly a … More A new chapter in UK M&A
I have a strong feeling that we’ve been here before. Major central banks making tightening noises with nothing to little happening has been a recurring theme since we started this blog. So what could be different this time? Three of the four major central banks have effectively billed the next quarter as one where they will … More The interest rate conundrum