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The Racist Subtext Of Philly’s Ban On Bulletproof Glass In Convenience Stores

Authored by Thomas Lifson via AmericanThinker.com, Shopkeepers in Philadelphia's neighborhood convenience stores that serve food and beverages, locally referred to as "beer delis," face a legal prohibition on the thick glass barriers around cashiers that protect them from stickup artists wielding guns, knives, and other weapons.  Because the shopkeepers predominately are Asian, and the customers […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Are Grocery Chains About To Join The Retail-Bankruptcy Bloodbath?

Amazon officially assumed control of Whole Foods Market on Monday and by noon, channel checks at WFM stores revealed that its new tech overlords had already slashed prices by nearly 50%, sending bonds of its grocery-chain rivals reeling as grocers confronted a new dilemma: either slash prices to the point of unprofitability, or hold the […]


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 […]