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Marks and Spencer Profits Collapse, Latest Retailer Hit by Brexit Inflation Tsunami 2017

Companies / Retail Sector May 24, 2017 - 05:00 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

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Marks & Spencers, Britain's 6th largest retailer saw its profits collapse by 64% in the year to April 1st. With the mainstream press reliant on M&S advertising revenues eager to swallow M&S smoke screen of reasons to explain away the collapse in profits as being due to a series of one off events such as restructuring costs and property impairments when instead the reality is that the whole retail sector is set to experience a perfect storm during 2017 of falling customers disposable earnings and the Brexit inflation tsunami.


Whilst sales were flat at £10.6bn, pre-tax profits plunged to just £176.4m, which is going to make it even harder for M&S to service its £2 billion debt mountain.

However, ironically M&S is the more robust of the major retailers, likely to survive the coming perfect storm as my extensive analysis of earlier this year warned that the retail sector could even witness a Woothworths moment seeing a major retailer go under!

Global Inflation Tsunami - Supermarkets, Retail Sector Crisis 2017

05 Mar 2017 - Inflation Tsunami - Supermarkets, Retail Sector Crisis 2017, EU Suicide and Burning Stocks

In June 2016 the people of Britain voted against the interests of the establishment political elite that have played pass the parcel amongst themselves at each general election for at least the past 40 years, who in treaty after treaty have been systematically selling the sovereignty of the British people to the emerging european union superstate primarily for personal gain.

Whilst the formal process for Britain leaving the European Union remains pending triggering of Article 50, which should occur by the end of this month. However, despite little so far having changed on the ground in Britain's relationship with the EU, there was one significant immediate reaction to the Brexit vote which was sterling's sharp 20% drop and which currently stands about 18% below its pre-brexit trading level.

Whilst my primary focus has been on Britians' biggest retailer Tesco that seems to lurch from one crisis to the next as its stock price gravitates towards ZERO.

And were Tesco managed to dodge a bullet and avoid a criminal prosecution by agreeing to pay a fine of £129m as part of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Serious Fraud Office for its 2014 false accounting scandal as well as to compensate investors by an estimated £90m (including interest) for those who bought Tesco shares on the basis of false accounting in 2014.

And for the prospects for Tesco's stock price watch:

Tesco Crisis - Stock Price 60% Collapse, Next WoolWorth's?

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Nadeem Walayat has over 25 years experience of trading derivatives, portfolio management and analysing the financial markets, including one of few who both anticipated and Beat the 1987 Crash. Nadeem's forward looking analysis focuses on UK inflation, economy, interest rates and housing market. He is the author of five ebook's in the The Inflation Mega-Trend and Stocks Stealth Bull Market series that can be downloaded for Free.

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