Retail Stores Financial Analysis

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INDEX

1. Objective of the report--------------------------------------------- 3

2. Overview of UK grocery retail market-------------------------- 3

3. J Sainsbury’s plc---------------------------------------------------- 3

1. Management-------------------------------------------------------- 4

2. Sectors and geography-------------------------------------------4

3. Economy------------------------------------------------------------- 5

4. Wm Morrison supermarkets plc---------------------------------5

4.1 Management--------------------------------------------------------- 6

4.2 Sectors and geography--------------------------------------------6

4.3 Economy---------------------------------------------------------------6

5. Ratio analysis---------------------------------------------------------7

6. Post Financial Statements Period------------------------------ 11

7. SWOT------------------------------------------------------------------ 12

8. Future plans/ prospects------------------------ -------------------13

9. Investment decision and conclusion----------------------------14

10. References and bibliography-------------------------------------16

Objective of the report

The purpose of this report is to analyse the position of two major food retailers of U.K. - J Sainsbury plc and Wm Morrison supermarkets plc so as to decide which company is in better position. Afterwards I have to suggest my friend to invest in ordinary shares of that company. My friend is a conservative investor and not a speculative one.

For comparison, I have gone through various aspects of both the companies. I have used ratio analysis as a tool to help in investment decision. Ratio analysis is a straightforward and quick means of examining the financial situation of a company. It helps in assessing the profitability of a company. Also I have done SWOT(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities,

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