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3 stocks from the retail sector that have risen by more than 25% this year

David Boulder
29. 3. 2024
5 min read

In 2024, the retail sector is on the threshold of a new era. The industry has emerged from its long-standing challenges and is now heading for renewed growth and dynamism. Recent years have been a trial by fire for retailers: the global COVID-19 pandemic has hit physical stores with closures and restrictions, while inflationary pressures have driven up costs and changed consumer behaviour. Now that the worst appears to be over, the industry is experiencing a period of recovery, signalled by sales growth, innovation in products and services and a strengthening online presence.

We take a look at three select companies that have not only managed to keep pace with the rapidly changing environment during these turbulent times, but have also developed leadership positions thanks to their strategies, ability to respond quickly to market changes and innovations that have resonated with their target customers.

Dick's Sporting Goods $DKS+3.8%

Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the leading companies with sporting equipment company, is showing exceptional growth and financial results that exceed market expectations. In the last quarter of 2023, the company reported record sales of 3.88 billion an increase of less than $4.3 billion from the same period last year. 8 %. This performance not only surpassed analyst estimates, which were set at $3.8 billion, but also set a new standard in the history of the company, which was founded before 76 years ago.

In response to this success, the company Dick's Sporting Goods announced a 10% increase in its quarterly dividend , a significant signal of confidence in its future financial health and commitment to returning value to shareholders. The new quarterly dividend was set at $1.1 per share, up from the previous $1.0. The decision came as the company posted earnings of $3.85 per share, beating Wall Street expectations of $3.35 per share. The dividend increase and strong earnings results are clear evidence of the company's financial strength and optimistic outlook.

DKS
$206.13 $7.46 +3.76%

Another key factor in Dick's Sporting Goods' success is its ability to continually adapt to changing trends and customer needs. In 2023, the company not only posted record sales, but also announced that same-store sales increased by 2.8%, far exceeding analysts' expectations of only 0.8% growth. This success is therefore the result of careful planning, innovation and a focus on customer satisfaction. With the growing interest in fitness and outdoor activities, the company has successfully expanded its product range to offer a wide range of quality sports equipment, making it one of the leading players in the sporting goods retail industry.

Ralph Lauren $RL+3.7%

Ralph Lauren, an iconic brand that has long enjoyed recognition in the fashion industry, is once again proving its strength in 2024. Over the past 12 months, Ralph Lauren stock has seen a significant up 63%well ahead of expectations and demonstrating renewed interest in its products. This growth is particularly supported by the renewed popularity of polo shirts among the younger generation, a trend that Ralph Lauren has been able to use to its advantage. In 2024, the company's shares rose by an impressive 25%, indicating a strong return to the brand's spotlight for consumers and investors alike.

This comeback is due to Ralph Lauren its ability to innovate and adapt to changing consumer preferences. In an effort to appeal to younger consumers,the company has changed its product range and marketing strategies to respond to current trends and demand. This approach has proven key to achieving significant revenue growth, which grew by more than 30%in the last quarter of 2023 in China, one of the fastest growing markets for the brand. This expansion and the increased interest in Ralph Lauren products in important regions are clear evidence of the brand's successful approach to globalisation and adaptation.

RL
$168.00 $6.03 +3.72%

Although $RL+3.7%stock has reached its December 2014 price levels, analysts continue to see room for upside. With a current median target price of$192.3 for the stock , representing a potential upside of more than 5% from current levels, the future of the Ralph Lauren brand looks promising. This optimism is supported not only by strong performance, but also by the brand's continued commitment to innovation and staying relevant in a rapidly changingfashion industry. Ralph Lauren therefore stands on solid foundations, ready to face future challenges and maintain its position.

Abercrombie & Fitch $ANF+4.2%

Abercrombie & Fitch, traditionally seen as a brand especially popular in shopping malls, is experiencing a period of unprecedented resurgence. Over the past 12 months, the company's stock has risen a remarkable 380%, a clear indication of how much of a turnaround the company has been able to realize. This year,$ANF+4.2% stock has risen another 35%, making Abercrombie & Fitch has become one of the top-performing retail brands. This rise is the result of the brand's successful repositioning and its ability to adapt to changing consumer preferences.

In the fourth quarter of 2023, the company announced earnings per share (EPS) of $2.97, beating analysts' consensus expectations set at $2.83. Even more remarkable was the growth in revenue, which reached 1.45 billion $4.45 billion and surpassing market expectations of $1.43 billion. This financial performance is a testament to a strong finish to the year, especially during the holiday season, when sales were up 21% from the previous year.

ANF
$119.71 $4.87 +4.24%

The company's forecasts for 2024 speak to expectations of double-digit percentage sales growth, an indicator of confidence in the brand's strategy and its ability to maintain its current momentum. Abercrombie & Fitch thus demonstrates that even brands with with a rich history and traditional perceptions can successfully transform and regain prominence.

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