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Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, June 15, 2018

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NORTH WEST COMPANY, $29.28, symbol NWC on Toronto, sells food and everyday products and services through 243 stores. Those locations are mainly in northern communities across Canada and Alaska. The company also operates in remote regions of Hawaii, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. North West gets about 60% of its revenue from this country. The remaining 40% of sales comes from 33 stores in Alaska and 13 Cost-U-Less warehouse outlets. Those discount stores are in remote island communities across the South Pacific and the Caribbean. In the quarter ended January 31, 2018, North West’s sales fell 4.1%, to $465.7 million from $485.8 million a year earlier. Store closures related to hurricanes in the Caribbean cut sales by $23.9 million. Excluding one-time items, earnings fell 11.7%, to $16.9 million, or $0.35 a share, from $19.1 million, or $0.39. The decline came from the lower sales and hurricane-related costs. North West trades at 14.1 times its forecast 2018 earnings of $2.08 a share. The stock…