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Kroger And Walmart Try More Gimmicks To Thwart Amazon; They Will Fail…Again

Over the summer, we argued that the grocery business in the U.S. is, and always has been, a fairly miserable one.  From A&P to Grand Union, Dahl’s, etc., bankruptcy courts have been littered with the industry’s failures for decades. The reason for the persistent failures is fairly simple…razor-thin operating margins that hover around 1-3% leave […]


World’s Second Largest Clothing Retailer Crashes Most In 16 Years

Shares of Stockholm-based Hennes & Mauritz, better known as H&M, the world’s second largest clothing retailer after Inditex (owner of Zara), crashed 14.8% after reporting an unexpected drop in fiscal 4Q 2017 sales. Sales missed both consensus and company estimates with the resulting fall in H&M’s share price was the steepest intra-day decline since 11 […]


US Retail Sales Surge At Fastest Pace Since 2012 As Online Sales Soar

Despite a fourth monthly decline in real earnings, the good ol’ American consumer is doing what she does best – consume. Retail sales surged 0.8% MoM (much better than expected) and 5.8% YoY – the best since March 2012. Data beat across the board… except motor vehicles and parts dealers – everything else is surging. […]


US Producer Prices Rise At Fastest Pace In 6 Years As Payday Loan Demand Soars

US Producer Prices beat across the board this morning with the biggest headline being a 3.1% YoY surge in Final Demand – the biggest jump since Dec 2011.   The index for final demand goods jumped 1.0 percent in November, the largest advance since a 1.0-percent increase in January. Over three-fourths of the broad-based November […]


“Millennials Don’t Care About Logos”: How Collapsing Brand Loyalty Will Allow Amazon To Dominate Apparel

Despite daily affirmations from the White House that “everything is awesome” with the economy, 2017 has been a miserable year for retailers.  As Reorg First Day points out, over 30 retailers, with debt aggregating into the billions of dollars, have filed for bankruptcy so far this year… After Shiekh Shoes’ filing today, at least 30 […]


Amazon’s 75,000 New Robots Are Your Answer To No Wage Inflation

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com, Like millions of other people, I am a fan and a user of Amazon. They do make buying things convenient, especially little things that you might have to go to art specialty stores to find. I’m a huge user of the Kindle app, too. I will admit that I […]


Recovery? We Have Tripled The Number Of Store Closings From Last Year…

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Did you know that the number of retail store closings in 2017 has already tripled the number from all of 2016? Last year, a total of 2,056 store locations were closed down, but this year more than 6,700 stores have been shut down so far.  That […]


Wal-Mart Slashes Online Prices To Match Amazon…Does It Matter?

Wal-Mart’s in-store prices have long been the lowest in the retail industry after decades of building a massive store footprint and subsequently beating vendors into submission.  That said, with brick-and-mortar sales continually being eroded by online sales, pricing dominance against Amazon is becoming far more important than in-store dominance against the likes of Target. To […]


Caught On Tape: Chaos, Multiple Fights Break Out Among “Black Friday Zombies”

It’s Black Friday, and in keeping with the Holiday weekend tradition, media commentator Mark Dice traveled to Wal-Marts and other stores to document the “zombie apocalypse” of half-awake consumers hell-bent on elbowing past their peers so they can be sure to get the best deals on electronics, books, video games, clothes and any number of […]


Geoblocking Prevalent For EU’s Online Shoppers

This week, the European Union agreed to end unjustified geoblocking after a late-night session. This relates to geoblocking the online trading of goods and services. As Statista's Niall McCarthy explains, the agreement means companies will not be able to prevent customers from visiting and doing business on their website due to being resident in another EU member […]


“Alexa, This Is Going To Hurt”: These Companies Will Be Destroyed By Amazon Next

From Morgan Stanley overnight:   The reason the S&P healthcare sector is lower on the day… … with distribution names getting hammered, is because in a report published overnight, Morgan Stanley analysts predicted that the sector, and severeal specific names, are most in danger of being targets of Amazon’s unstoppable monopoly juggernaut, soon to be […]


Amazon Says It’s “Almost Ready” To Get 1,000s Of Grocery Store Cashiers Fired

Late last year we noted Amazon’s efforts to ‘disrupt’ the traditional grocery retail model by introducing small format stores that allow customers to simply walk in, pick up what they want and walk out.  The concept store, dubbed AmazonGo, tracks a customer’s every move, including each item they remove from store shelves, allowing them to […]


Retail Sales Growth Slows In October As Storm Surge Fades

Following September's unprecedented storm-related surge in retail sales (which was revised even higher), October was a fall back to reality with a 0.2% MoM rise (better than expected 0.0% though), pushing the YoY growth back down to 4.6%. Retail sales were up a modest 0.2% in October, following September's 1.9% revised (from 1.6%) gain. Compared […]


Chinese Stocks Slide As Economic Slowdown Accelerates

Being the first data following The National Congress, we are expecting little in the way of disappointment from China's macro data. However, the slowdown in credit supply has been well telegraphed, and sure enough the data was not pretty with FAI growth at its weakest in 17 years, Retail Sales and Industrial Production both disappoint. […]


UK High Street Sales Suffer “Most Horrific” October On Record

The writing was on the wall two weeks ago when retail employment tumbled along with CBI-reported retail sales, but tonight's BDO High Street Sales Tracker should be the icing on the cake for any looming rate hike as like-for-like sales crashed 5.2% – describe by BDO as "the most horrific" October on record. It was […]