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Reporting season preview - Retail, food & beverages preview for FY23e

Retail, food & beverages preview for FY23e

04 August 2023

There is anticipation of weaker results for retail this upcoming reporting season. While the June-half has been tough, for many, it may be slightly better than consensus expectations. Inventory should be down and cash flow good. We are near consensus for FY23e for most stocks and call out Domino’s and Treasury Wines where there may be downgrades to FY24e earnings.

PE ratios are depressed across consumer stocks reflecting concern about an earnings decline. However, bears will need to wait at least another six months for evidence. FY22e earnings are likely to surprise on the upside for just about all retailers, trading updates will be strong and inventory should be down on February levels. It’s less clear cut how stocks will react, but any downturn is unlikely to be evident.

Retail sales forecasts for FY23e

Weaker growth, but inflation is a cushion

20 July 2022

Our view on retail sales is more positive over the next six months, but more cautious on calendar 2023. While the “fear” of higher interest rates makes headlines, the reality is the impact takes more than a year to show through as weaker spending. Near-term, higher wages, stored up savings and retail price inflation will support sales growth. We forecast retail sales to rise 3% in FY23e, down from 6% growth in FY22e. We expect FY23e household goods sales to fall 2%. Electronics, furniture, hardware will find it most difficult given the high baseline. Supermarkets should do well with food inflation driving 6% growth in FY23e. Two important swing factors are savings and inflation. A drop in savings to pre-COVID levels will help spending and inflation will partly offset lower volumes.

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