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Don't Fear Amazon, Say Backers Of Revival For European Grocers

Published on Dec 20 2017 9:40 AM in Retail tagged: Trending Posts / Carrefour / Amazon / Ahold Delhaize / European retail

Don't Fear Amazon, Say Backers Of Revival For European Grocers

Battered by concerns over the threat posed by Amazon and discount competitors, Europe’s grocery stocks are finding favour with some investors on hopes for a better 2018.

While increasing competition is a worry, changes to buying relationships with suppliers should help ease margin and price pressure going forward, according to Ian Ormiston, a European equity-fund manager at Old Mutual Global Investors, whose European Equity Fund holds both Ahold Delhaize and  Carrefour.

“This is a sector that’s too far out of favour,” Ormiston said at a briefing in London. “It’s been an absolute darling of short-sellers, and it has delivered well for them because it’s been a horrendous environment for supermarket groups.”

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