CHICAGO--()--Fitch Ratings has published the September edition of its 'U.S. Retail Credit Insights' newsletter. The newsletter provides Fitch's views on topical issues, brief company-specific and sector comments, links and summaries to rating actions, and detailed industry reports.
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The current issue discusses the following topics:
--Margin risk facing U.S. supermarkets as a result of more aggressive price investments by SUPERVALU; the possibility of a break-up of SUPERVALU as the company explores strategic alternatives; and the credit outlook for the Big Three supermarket chains;
--Recent rating actions within the consumer electronics sector, and the challenges facing Best Buy and RadioShack;
--A review of the European exposure of the major apparel companies, and the potential impact on their credit profiles.
--A review of second-quarter results and trends within the department store sector;
--Rating actions over the past six months;
--Index of sector reports, statistics, and analysis.
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