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Could Marks and Spencer Recover?

Wednesday, 5th December 2018
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The company does still have a strong cash flow, which is vital for future success, and it enjoys good dividend yields too. The brand is a household name, and the team at the top are looking for ways to slash expenditure, including getting rid of underperforming stores, and improving their pricing structure, as well as improving their IT systems.

The company has a strong dividend. Indeed, it has successfully increased its dividend every year for more than 30 years. This makes it an appealing company for investors, in spite of the rather unfriendly retail landscape.

There are many other companies in retail that have been struggling of late. Mike Ashley, the owner of Sports Direct and several other chains including Debenhams, has hit out at landlords for refusing to be willing to negotiate with regard to rents. Landlords, on the other hand, are criticizing the existence of CVAs, saying that they put unreasonable pressure on landlords, and that retailers are using them as a way to cut costs without making other reasonable efforts to manage their companies and pay their bills in a timely fashion. Many landlords operate their portfolios as part of investment plans for their own clients, and being forced to accept lowr rents is putting pressure on their own businesses.



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