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Retail stock is favourite with short sellers

Investors in retail shares are betting on further gloom in the sector, as short selling positions in retail shares have doubled since November.

Spread betting firm Capital Spreads said that almost a quarter of all short positions, where sellers expect to gain from an expected decline in stock, are now allocated to retail shares, according to The Independent.

Short selling in retail stock doubled between November and January, according to Capital Spreads. It says that Next, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams are among the most heavily shorted stocks.

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