Why retail?

This week’s guest editor is Alan Hudson, Head of UK and Ireland Restructuring.

Inflation to the left of me, online rivals to the right…many of our retailers really do look stuck in the middle, squeezed between rising economic and structural challenges in 2017.  This week,  we’re looking at the EY ITEM Club’s latest thinking on the consumer, in the context of disruptive and structural pressures on the sector, to understand why retail is the subject of so much concern in 2017.  And then we ask: what can retailers do to not just survive, but ride the storm? … More Why retail?

What about debt?

Political risk, inflation and uncertain monetary backdrop… and still leverage loan issuance reached its highest level since the financial crisis at the start of 2017. Can nothing upset debt markets? Given the continuing high level of support from monetary policy and a better than expected economic outlook, the likelihood is that conditions will remain broadly … More What about debt?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Perry Como could have been warbling these lines since October on my high street; but forget tinsel, nowadays it’s not really Christmas until the discount signs are up in shop windows. This year, retailers changed the dynamics of their annual game of ‘chicken’ with consumers by embracing the US concept of ‘Black Friday’. This appeared … More It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…