Agencies Don't Feel The Love for Retail

Kantin, Kerry
April 2005
Investment Dealers' Digest;4/18/2005, Vol. 71 Issue 15, p15
Trade Publication
The article reports on some of the business activities of private equity firms. Private equity firms may have fallen in love with the U.S. retail sector but the rating agencies continue to give it the cold shoulder. Gauged by economic trends, the retail sector should be well on its way toward rosier rating levels. However, this has not been the case, according to a recent Standard & Poor's report on the credit quality of the retail sector. While high-energy prices and consumer debt servicing obligations have hurt companies' top-line growth, those concerns haven't affected credit ratings.


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