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Short sellers target retailers

Investors that short sell stocks have consistently targeted high street retailers and restaurants, new research has found.

There has been a 66% jump in the number of short positions – whereby investors borrow shares that are anticipated to fall in value – on consumer companies over the past three years, law firm Linklaters has reported. Retailers currently make up 18 of the 100 most shorted stocks.

“Given the cyclical nature of retail and consumer, it’s no surprise that consumer companies have consistently been most shorted, but the sheer volume of short-position reporting gives a clear indication for how things might develop in the sector in the coming months,” said Richard Hodgson, restructuring and insolvency partner at Linklaters.

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