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Now that we’ve had chance to settle into the New Year and all of the possible opportunity it brings to retail, it’s also a time to digest last year’s retail performance. 2011 has been a tough year for retailers as consumers reign in their spending, due to a reduction in disposable income and fears about job losses. A number of high profile retailers, such as Barratts, Priceless and Blacks Leisure Group have already gone into administration and several smaller companies have thrown in the towel. So we might expect that the retailers Christmas reporting season will provide further evidence of doom and gloom in the sector.
However, some retailers have already posted encouraging results which have buoyed city analyst expectations. Pragma considers that the focus on a short window of Christmas trading – say five weeks – in retailers trading updates can mask underlying performance.
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