Retail - Tailwinds Trump Headwinds
We see stronger signs of improvement in consumer demand and expect the trend to continue, supported by better commodity prices, lower interest rates, and more investment inflows. In addition, rationalised expansion over the last few years should help retailers’ margins, in our view. As such, we believe retailers in general would do well this year. We reinitiate coverage on the sector with OVERWEIGHT. In particular, we like turnaround efforts at Mitra and Ramayana. Key risks include political instability and currency volatility that could prolong the recovery process.