Top 5 outperforming ASX retail shares in FY22 that you may not have heard of

Small-cap ASX retail shares did better than the big end of town in FY22.

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Key points

  • ASX retail shares are going through a tough period as the outlook for consumer spending dims
  • But there has been a surprising number of small-cap ASX consumer-exposed companies that have delivered strong double-digit gains in FY22
  • What might surprise is that several of them are under the radar for many ASX investors, and most of them are Kiwi companies listed on our exchange

Consumer discretionary has been a tough space in FY22, but there are several ASX retail shares that have delivered big returns.

These companies have managed to defy waning consumer sentiment triggered by the rising cost of living.

The higher-for-longer inflation, interest rate hikes, and falling asset prices are major risk factors for the sector.

Small-cap ASX retail shares outperforming the big end of town

This explains why some of our biggest ASX retail shares have slumped by 20% or more in the past year. This includes the JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) share price and Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) share price.

However, there have been a number of retail gems at the smaller end of the market that have delivered double-digit returns in the past financial year.

I am not talking about illiquid micro-caps, where a single trade can drive their share prices into the stratosphere. These are ASX consumer discretionary shares with a market cap of at least $100 million.

The top-performing ASX retail shares in FY22

What’s more, you probably haven’t heard of some of these names. And in another blow to our Aussie ego, a few of these are New Zealand businesses listed on the ASX!

The best performing ASX retail share in FY22 is Mydeal.Com Au Ltd (ASX: MYD). The online retailer surged just over 60% over the financial year.

What really helped was Woolworths Group Ltd (ASX: WOW) buying an 80% interest in the company as opposed to operational growth. But a win’s a win!

The second top performer for the year is NZME Ltd (ASX: NZM). The Kiwi media and entertainment group managed to deliver a 41% increase in share value.

This will be enough to embarrass its Aussie peers like Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (ASX: NEC) and Seven West Media Ltd (ASX: SWM). Nine fell 29% while Seven is about flat over the period.

More Kiwis beating the Aussies

But NZME isn’t the only New Zealand media share to be shooting the lights out. In third spot is the SKY Network Television Limited (ASX: SKT) share price with its gain of around 32% for the year.

Adding insult to Aussie injury is New Zealand-founded jeweller Michael Hill International Ltd (ASX: MHJ). The ASX retail share jumped around 27% in value thanks to strong sales across all of the company’s markets and its ability to hold margins.

Meanwhile, the Supply Network Limited (ASX: SNL) share price isn’t far behind with a gain of around 24%. This is no doubt helped by the Australian and New Zealand auto parts retailer issuing a pleasing FY22 sales and profit guidance.

Motley Fool contributor Brendon Lau has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Supply Network Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Supply Network Limited and Wesfarmers Limited. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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