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Retailing: David Jones To Update Market, Release Interim Profit Tomorrow.

March 20th 2012 - Australasian Investment Review – (AIR)

Shares in department store group David Jones are in a trading halt while the company hammers out the final make up of a new strategy to try and reinvigorate the group after the trading slump seen in 2011.

The halt was requested yesterday after some broad details about the strategy leaked to the Australian Financial Review yesterday which were buried inside the paper (on page 17) instead of being on page one.

The company yesterday said the trading halt was being requested pending a vote by its board on a new “strategic plan” for the department store operator.

The company’s shares ended at $2.73 on Friday. [Read more →]

March 20, 2012   Comments Off

Results: Myer’s Weak First Half Sees Dividend Cut.

March 16th 2012 - Australasian Investment Review – (AIR)

After a brief flurry of optimism that saw the shares rise yesterday in the wake of the expected fall in interim earnings, Myer shares closed the day down 9c or 3.3% at $2.28.

That was a more accurate reflection of the reception for the result, which included a more telling indicator, a cut in final dividend to 10c a share from the 10c paid for the first half of 2010-11.

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March 16, 2012   Comments Off

Why it May Be Too Late for Retailing Slow-Coaches to Get Online.

In 1998, upmarket US department store chain, Nordstrom [NYSE: JWN], launched its online shop. It was one of the first big department stores to move from catalogue shopping (a large American trend in the 1990s) to internet sales.

And now, a decade later, this transition has paid off. It has created a shopper-friendly website, helping online sales top $1 billion dollars last year. About 10% of Nordstrom’s total revenue. The stock price hasn’t done too bad either.

Nordstrom [NYSE:JWN] stock up 267.78% since the web store launch

Nordstrom [NYSE:JWN] stock up 267.78% since the web store launch
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Source: Google Finance

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March 10, 2012   Comments Off

Domino’s: A Surprising New Way to Profit From Mobile Technology.

Back in February, Kris alerted you to the idea of lazy investing. He said:

‘Let’s be honest. If you could find a way of making a lot of money without doing anything, odds are you’d jump at it.’

In the fast food sector, Kris reckoned he’d found ‘…three of the laziest – potentially – moneymaking stocks on the market.’

Since Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd [ASX: DMP] announced a 23% increase in net profit, the pizza chain’s share price is up 14% in one month…


Domino’s Enterprises Limited

Domino's Enterprises Limited


Source: CMC Markets Stockbroking

How many Aussie businesses have a share price that looks almost unaffected since the GFC? [Read more →]

March 8, 2012   Comments Off

Results: Woolies Confirms Weak Interim, Lifts Dividend.

March 2nd 2012 - Australasian Investment Review – (AIR)

As expected, Woolworths’ interim profit was hit by the $300 million charge to cover the cost of restructuring and selling the Dick Smith chain of consumer electrical stores, but the trading result wasn’t too hot either.

The results also confirmed that, as expected, the profit (and sales) growth in supermarkets and mid-market department store retailing is now firmly with Coles which is growing both at a faster rate than Woolies can currently manage.

Excluding one-off charges, Woolworths’ profit totalled $1.184 billion, up 3.2% from the $1.162 billion in the first six months to 2010-11.

Including the charge, after tax profit was down 17% to $966.9 million, $10 million better than the market forecast for a result around $956 million.

For the half, Woolies’ revenue rose 5% to $29.9 billion, as revealed with the release of the sales figures last month.

Woolies directors said it expect trading will remain subdued for the rest of its financial year and they reaffirmed the previous forecast for full year profit growth of 2% to 6%. [Read more →]

March 2, 2012   Comments Off

Why You’ll Want to Watch This ‘Bad’ Retail Stock Very Closely.

Yesterday, Gerry Harvey’s retailing firm, Harvey Norman Ltd [ASX: HVN] reported a 2.4% fall in net profit.

The news saw the retail stock fall 8% on the open, before it rallied.

What does that tell you about the business?

Well, today we’ll try to explain. We’ll show you the difference between good stocks and bad stocks. And contrary to what you may think, sometimes it can make sense to invest in bad stocks

Why Retail Stocks Are Not All The Same…
As an investor, we’re actually eyeing off the retail sector as an opportunity. Things are bad. But what if this is as bad as it gets? [Read more →]

March 1, 2012   Comments Off

Results: Harvey Norman’s Very Poor Interim Figures.

March 1st 2012 - Australasian Investment Review – (AIR)

No wonder Gerry Harvey spent 2011 moaning and groaning about the slow retailing sector, and it’s also no wonder that he’s gone silent in recent weeks.

While the 2010-11 financial year was nothing to write home about, the first half of the current year has been rotten, forcing the company to cut dividend after a 36% slide in earnings from its key retailing business.

And it’s also no wonder the company’s shares, after rising 2% before the results were released yesterday morning, slumped 6% to a low of $1.975 as investors abandoned the stock and market chat started talking about possible private equity interest.

The shares ended the day down 9c or 4.1% at $2.07. [Read more →]

March 1, 2012   Comments Off

Retailing: Now For Some Good News

February 16 2012 - Australasian Investment Review – (AIR)

A busy day for retail-related companies yesterday with Westfield Groupleading the way in revealing a US joint venture and asset sales, with asset sales in the UK as well, plus reasonable 12 month results.Westfield Retail Trust, the 50% owned affiliate also had a solid year, despite the weak retail climate in Australia in particular.

Noni B, the small Sydney-based women’s wear group revealed better than forecast results, while The Reject Shop, the lower end discounter, also did better than some investors had expected, despite the weak trading conditions.

And also lifted earnings as the online car selling business grew.

Westfield Group stood out with its $US4.8 billion ($4.7 billion) joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for 12 of the group’s lesser performing malls in the US.

The company also announced the sale of its interest in three shopping centres in the UK for $240 million.

Westfield Group said it lifted its full-year net profit by nearly 40% to $1.532 billion in 2011 from $1.1 billion a year earlier.

While that helped the securities rise yesterday, investors were more enthusiastic about the company’s promise that the US joint venture and the comments that management would be looking for similar deals as it seeks to cut or reduce its exposure to existing markets, raise cash and re-invest in faster growing economies.

That helped the securities rise more than 5% or 44c to $8.81 yesterday. [Read more →]

February 16, 2012   Comments Off

How Your Lazy Neighbours Could Have Helped You Make a 29.5% Gain in 12 Months

In today’s Money Morning:… the fast food sector worth investigating…a word of warning…analysing the Aussie dollar and share market…

How Your Lazy Neighbours Could Have Helped You Make a 29.5% Gain in 12 Months

Let’s be honest. If you could find a way of making a lot of money without doing anything, odds are you’d jump at it.

We’d all jump at it.

Unfortunately, opportunities to be lazy and still make money don’t come around too often.

But rather than try and make money the lazy way, what if there was a way for you to snag a regular income from other folks’ laziness? [Read more →]

February 15, 2012   Comments Off

Updates: Woolies’ Weak Aust. Supermarkets Story

Updates: Woolies’ Weak Aust. Supermarkets Story
February 01 2012 - Australasian Investment Review – (AIR)

In one respect it was a clever bit of marketing by Woolworths yesterday to announce the restructuring and sale of its Dick Smith consumer electronics chain at the same time as it revealed weak sales figures, especially from its core Australian supermarkets and liquor business in the December quarter and half year.

The decision to sell the 300 store Dick Smith business came as no surprise, with plenty of well informed leaks in the past couple of months about the review of the chain and a likely outcome.

It was just the news the market wanted to see from Woolies and the shares rose accordingly, up 59c or more than 2% to a day’s high of $25.14 in morning trading.

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February 1, 2012   Comments Off