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Trends: Retail Credit Risk in 2017

The retail sector had $38.9 billion in outstanding debt at the end of December [2016]

Fitch Ratings “Bonds of Concern” list, includes more than $4 billion of high-yield retail debt outstanding now at high risk of default in 2017.

The retail-only default rate is expected to jump to as high as 9% in 2017 from its current 1% trailing 12-month level.