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Veteran analyst Richard Ratner dies

Richard Ratner, one of the retail industry's leading analysts, died yesterday after suffering a heart attack last week.

The vice chairman of and leading retail analyst at Seymour Pierce, who was known to the industry as Ratty, was one of the retail sector's most colourful characters and was famous for his acerbic comments and humourous style.

He suffered a heart attack last Wednesday and had been in a criticial condition in intensive care.

Ratner joined Seymour Pierce in 1997.

Seymour Pierce is house broker for several fashion retailers including Monsoon and Asos.com.

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