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Next week on the stock market

What to expect from a selection of the UK and international companies reporting next week.

Important notes

This article isn’t personal advice. If you’re not sure whether an investment is right for you please seek advice. If you choose to invest the value of your investment will rise and fall, so you could get back less than you put in.

Given the bank holiday in the middle of next week, it’s probably no surprise next week’s a quiet one. And the format of this article is a little different as a result. However, Next, who are often the first out of the blocks in the new year, have just about managed to squeeze in an announcement.

The UK’s largest listed clothing specialist delivered a strong online performance in the third quarter, with overall sales for the year-to-date slightly ahead of guidance. However, with full year guidance unchanged, the group was clearly bracing for a difficult winter.

The little information we have so far suggests consumers have indeed kept their purse strings pulled tight. The latest retail data from the Office for National Statistics reported that “all main sectors saw their sales fall with the exception of food stores” in November.

Next’s numbers will be closely watched. Historically it’s been one of the better managed, and more strongly positioned high street names. If it reports a bleak midwinter then we could be set to see a frosty wind blow through the wider retail sector.

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