Retail has had a great year, but looks to be facing headwinds moving forward as executives and analysts have all downgraded forecasts for the sector. However, one area of retail that looks to remain very hot are off-price stores, or discount retailers. Such retailers are seen as largely immune to ecommerce because of their treasure-hunt experience for customers and their high turnover model, which makes them less susceptible to online retailers. Accordingly, they held up well even during retail’s rout. One stock that looks likely to do well now is Burlington Stores. The reason why is that it is behind leaders TJ Max and Ross in that it has not yet optimized its operating model for the current environment, but is beginning to. This is not reflected in its stock, which means it has a great deal of upside.
FINSUM: Retail is one of the sectors we feel we have special insight into, and we definitely agree that off-price stores are going to hold up well moving forward.