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4Q19 US Retail Inventory Tracker: Higher Inventory Turnover Due to Solid Holiday Sales and Disciplined Approaches

In our quarterly US Retail Inventory Tracker reports, we analyze inventory trends among those US retailers listed in the Coresight 100. We look at the inventory levels of various retailers in 4Q19 and assess why levels may have changed from the year-ago period. The coronavirus crisis means 4Q trends will not be an accurate guide to 2020, but those retailers heading into the storm with cleaner stock levels will enjoy an advantage over more heavily stocked rivals.

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US Store Closures 2020 Outlook: Coronavirus Outbreak Set To Trigger Unprecedented Number of Closures

With a number of temporary store closures already in effect in the US due to the coronavirus outbreak, this report assesses the outlook for physical retail over the remainder of 2020. We compare year-to-date store closure data with 2019 and discuss a potential rise in bankruptcies, which may become a reality for many struggling retailers. We also predict the total number of closures we expect to see in the US in the full-year 2020.

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4Q19 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up

Fourth-quarter 2019 retail earnings show that many companies across the retail industry saw strong growth. However, our coverage of the Coresight 100 reveals that the CPG and department-store sectors bucked this trend, with the latter continuing to struggle. Companies across the board have updated their guidance due to coronavirus disruption in the supply chain and demand in Asia, but we are yet to see updates based on the spread of the virus to the US, with the nation moving closer to lockdown.

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Retail Innovators: Home-Furnishing Retailers

The Coresight Research Retail Innovators series examines how key players and startups are disrupting different retail sectors. In this report, we focus on three innovators in the home-furnishing market: DTC brand Burrow, furniture rental startup Fernish and design platform Modsy. We discuss these relatively new industry players in the context of changing consumer preferences in the furniture sector, including increasing demand for convenience and a heightened emphasis on sustainability.

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Wayfair, Inc. (NYSE: W)

Wayfair, Inc. is a US-based e-commerce company that offers more than 10 million products from over 10,000 suppliers. Incorporated on August 8, 2014, the company specializes in home products, offering a large selection of furniture, décor, decorative accents, housewares, seasonal decor and other home goods. Wayfair operates in two reporting segments, US and International. Most products are shipped to customers directly from suppliers, but the proportion of products shipped through its own logistics network continues to grow.

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