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Millennials Saved Thanksgiving Weekend

While online spending surged, the overall picture for Thanksgiving weekend spending was more mixed as the traditional “bricks and mortar” retailers continued to struggle. Nevertheless, overall spending was about 4% higher. The National Retail Foundation (NRF) estimated that 174 million Americans shopped online or in stores over the period (Thursday to Monday), versus 164 million […]


Amazon Soars On Report Of “Unbelievable” Online Sales As Channel Checks Show Store Traffic Down 1%

While bricks and mortar retailers and malls may have decided to put their aggressive discounts on hold for the time being, seemingly content with their market share (losses), online retailers – and one in particular – continue to make staggering gains. Preliminary reports for Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales point to a promising start to […]


Black Friday Sales Buoyed by ‘Blessed’ Cold Weather

Content originally published at iBankCoin.com The media is working over time to give retailers good press, seeing that they’re all but destroyed now. Long stories filled with anecdotal quotes from store managers litter the internet today, exclaiming the virtues being able to touch and feel items on sale, as opposed to merely buying them via […]


The Economic Fallacies Of Black Friday: 2017 Edition

Authored by Nullus Maximus via The Zeroth Position blog, Today, shoppers across America will participate in the largest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. The National Retail Federation is estimating that 164 million customers will be shopping on Black Friday weekend. For the first time, their estimate includes Cyber Monday, which had previously been […]


Which Days Offer The Biggest Discounts This Holiday Week

Earlier today we discussed that as part of Black Friday’s gradual decline into irrelevance (it is now the 3rd busiest day behind Christmas and Cyber Monday), brick and mortar retailers – seemingly reserved to losing to online vendors – have decided to reduce shopping discounts substantially; according to WSJ calculations, 2016 discounts were no less […]


“I Was Expecting Many More People”: Black Friday Tumbles To 3rd Spot In Busiest Shopping Days Of The Year

It has been an odd year for retail: with an estimated 6,000 store closures, and 65,000 fewer retail jobs than at the start of the year, many have said shorting retail, and especially malls, is the next “big short” trade. Indeed, one look at the performance of the mall heavy CMBX 6 BBB- tranche confirms […]


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 […]


PornHub Erects Its First Physical Retail Store In New York City

Pornhub, known as “the premiere online destination for adult entertainment”, has just erected its first ever retail store in New York City for the holidays. The store will sell limited edition Pornhub clothing, gear and premium sex toys. The porn shop, located in SoHo, Manhattan’s shopping district, is classified as a ‘pop-up store’ — this new […]


What Spending On ‘Vice’ Really Says About Retail Sales

Authored by Andrew Zatlin via MoneyballEconomics.com, Total Retail Spend Grows On Hurricane-Linked Demand First, I want to point out that the two hurricanes that have devastated Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico have been horrible. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of peoples’ lives were affected. And their circumstances have changed dramatically over these past couple […]


Three Reasons Why Retail Sales Are About To Disappoint Bigly

On Friday the Department of Commerce will report August retail sales, a material report which all else equal, may influence whether the Fed proceeds with its plans to unveil balance sheet tapering in its upcoming FOMC meeting. However, as we discussed last week, the report, together with virtually all other high frequency economic reports, will […]


Dead Mall Stalking: One Hedge Fund Manager’s Tour Across Middle-America – Part 3

Via AdventuresInCapitalism.com, Part 1 here… Part 2 here… Ever since the first Sears catalog was published in 1888 (the Amazon.com of its day), pundits have called for the death of retail establishments. It’s easy to see why they would think that such a thing was happening—namely stores around them were closing in rapid succession. Of […]


Chain-Store Stock Carnage Continues (Despite Biggest Jump In Retail Sales Since 2016)

Oh the irony – as bulls celebrate the best jump in retail sales since 2016, the scene for retailer stocks is an utter bloodbath… Earlier today, US Retail Sales in July rebounded dramatically to a 0.6% MoM gain – the most since Dec 2016 – driven a surge in motor vehicles (record incentives) and department […]


Retail Rout Returns (But Don’t Blame Amazon)

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com, JCPenney announced a $62 million dollar loss for the quarter. With the announcement, its share price plunged 16% breaking the $4 barrier for the first time. Stocks under $5 are considered “penny” stocks. This was the worst week for Retailers since Dec 2016… Please consider JCPenney Nosedives to All-Time Low on […]