The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1994. For example, on average Next has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 2.3 percentage points in March.
The strongest month for Next shares relative to the market has been March (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 14 of the last 19 years).
The weakest month for Next relative to the market has been December (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 8 of the past 19 years).
The 2013 edition of the Almanac looks at the historic monthly performance of the FTSE 350 sectors. Here we look at the general retailers sector.
The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 general retailers sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the general retailers sector has out-performed the FTSE Index by 1.7 percentage points in February.
The strongest month of the year for the sector is February, and the weakest is December.
After two strong months early in the year (February and March) the relative performance of the sector steadily declines for the rest of the year.
The 20 stocks in the FTSE 350 General Retailers sector [NMX5370] are-