Retail: clearance sale

Online shopping’s disruption of the US retail sector poses challenges and opportunities for investors trying to stay one step ahead

FT research shows many of the largest leveraged buyouts in the sector over the past decade have either defaulted, gone bankrupt or are in distress

Some hedge funds start to see value in shares of battered bricks-and-mortar stores

Investors have made a decisive bet that some traditional stores will not survive

In the first of a series looking at the rise of online shopping, the FT assesses how damaging the ‘Amazon effect’ could be for traditional retailers

A handful of funds see value in depressed US retail stocks including Macy’s and JC Penney

18% of retailers’ debt now rated ‘CCC’ or lower

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Lenders insist on safe form of financing for troubled sector

Investors begin to doubt the highest-rated properties will escape online disruption

World’s largest real estate investor sees mounting ‘secular’ pressures on US retail

Level of short interest in some of the largest operators has been increasing steadily

Figures show worst situation since 2013 as investors balk at refinancing

Online retailer’s expansion leaves other retailers — and their investors — on edge

Warehouses near residential areas provide a bright spot for real estate investment trusts

Lower demand for loans on shopping malls raises risks for those needing to refinance

Debt of venerable stores climbs in price despite migration of shoppers online

Stance stands in contrast to hedge funds’ pessimistic view on the sector’s shares