High-end fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) faces a "deteriorating" outlook after a survey with consumers point to potential market share losses, according to UBS.
UBS analyst Jay Sole downgraded Nordstrom from Buy to Neutral with a price target lowered from $65 to $33.
The firm's 2018 survey of consumers found Nordstrom ranked No. 1 (Nordstrom Rack ranking No. 4) among consumers buying business attire and special occasion clothing, Sole wrote in the note. A similar 2019 survey found consumers plan on shopping at Nordstrom's lower-priced rivals more for work and special occasion.
Sole said the loss of sentiment could be a function of consumers simply thinking they don't need to spend top dollars at Nordstrom as may have been the norm in the past. One of the trends seen in the fashion market lately is "dressing down" and this is something Nordstrom can't easily recover from.
The UBS survey found 5% of Nordstrom consumers think prices increased, but Sole noted the perception at key rivals Bloomingdale's improved. This may imply Nordstrom consumers are seeing less value for the money they spend and could translate to declining traffic in stores.
The high-end fashion market is seeing minimal growth as a whole, so any market share loss at Nordstrom at the expense of even a small rival could "significantly" impact Nordstrom, Sole said.
Shares of Nordstrom traded lower by 2% at $30.81 Monday afternoon.
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