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Fashion and clothing companies play a prominent role in shaping popular culture, from “fast fashion” brands like boohoo and ASOS, multinational brands like Nike and Calvin Klein, to luxury labels like Huge Boss, Dior and Ralph Lauren. From an investment perspective, fashion stocks remain a popular choice with investors, and have traditionally offered steady returns.
Here are some of the most popular fashion stocks to invest in, and the things you need to consider if you’re looking to invest.
Popular fashion stocks to invest in in the UK
As with other retail shares, fashion stocks are considered cyclical stocks, which means they’re affected by macroeconomic trends like the overall strength of the economy, and general consumer confidence.
When the economy is expanding, consumers are more likely to spend money, and this has a positive affect on fashion and clothing shares. Fast fashion stocks generally see the largest benefit when economic conditions are good, but also see the biggest downturn in times of recession, while high-end fashion brands may be more resistant to wider macroeconomic conditions.
There are also many fashion stocks that are listed in the UK, including:
- ASOS plc
- Boohoo Group PLC
- Fraser Group plc
- Next plc
- JD Sports Fashion
- Marks & Spencer Group
- Ted Baker plc
Nike, Inc. is the world’s largest supplier of sport shoes and apparel, and one of the companies listed in the Fortune 500. Get the latest financial information on Nike, and see how to buy Nike shares in our guide.
Boohoo is a UK online fashion store that was founded in 2006, and the parent company of PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal and boohooMAN. It sells over 36,000 of its own branded products, and also bought the Debenhams brand in early 2021. See how you can invest in boohoo shares.
Why invest in fashion stocks?
Like the rest of the retail sector, the $2.5 trillion fashion industry was heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with global sales dropping in 2020. However, with retail stores forced to closed, online fashion brands were given a significant boost, and this may shape how fashion and clothing brands operate in future.
A report by McKinsey predicted that fashion sales declined 15-30% in 2020, but online sales grew to 29% of total sales. As a result, fashion companies with a focus on online shopping may be well positioned for growth over the next few years.
Compare platforms for trading fashion stocks
The following share-dealing platforms offer access to a wide range of global (and UK) businesses. See which offers the most attractive rates for your needs, then simply head to the provider’s website and search for the name of the company you want to invest in.
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