Is Office Depot Making Money?

Like Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), Office Depot is one of those brands that is no longer supposed to exist but somehow keeps hanging on. It seems to generate just enough money to cover expenses and little else.

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Poll Reveals Europe’s Christianity is Dying Fast

The least Christian country is the Czech Republic where 91% of persons aged 16 to 29 identified themselves as “nonreligious,” Europe’s Young Adults and Religion a study by Bullivant indicates. More than eight out of ten; 81% of the same age group in Estonia called themselves non-believers.

There were 12 European countries in which more than 60% of those under 30 identified as nonreligious.

“Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years,” Bullivant said.

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Is McDonald’s the New Sears?

This makes Sears and McDonald’s the opposite of value investments, because you will lose money with them. Stay away from Sears and McDonalds they are great American brands doomed by greedy and perhaps incompetent management.

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Sears the Death Spiral Continues

There are strong indicates that Sears has run out of money. The company is unable to make payments on a $400 million loan that was due on June 30, 2018.

The next likely scenario is that Sears will sell off Kenmore, possibly to Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), or Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW). Any of those companies would be smart to have Kenmore as an exclusive appliance brand. Sears is finished but Kenmore might survive.

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Macy’s is Doomed

The truly frightening statistic is that Macy’s has lost $1.09 billion in revenues during the first three quarters of 2017. Macy’s reported $25.78 billion in revenues at the end of January 2017 and $24.69 billion at the end of October. The revenues shrank by $1.09 billion in just nine months.

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This is the way the Department Stores Die, JC Penney and the Bon-Ton Stores

What’s truly disturbing is that the two department store operators might be overpriced at those horrific share prices. The latest financial numbers, appropriately dated October 31 or Halloween Day, indicate investors are probably paying too much for Bon-Ton and Penney at those prices.

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Retail Apocalypse Heats up 6,700 stores have closed in 2017

2017 has become the worst year for store closings in the United States possibly since the Great Depression. There is a strong possibility that the actual number of store closings might exceed 10,000. Such a number is possible because analysts like Credit Suisse may not be counting franchisees and mom and pop stores that will also be going under.

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Can Barnes & Noble be saved??

Nordstrom has demonstrated that retailers like Barnes & Noble might have more value than many people think. Unfortunately, that value is not presently being exploited in any sort of meaningful way. Barnes & Noble is doomed without an acquisition or a radical change in business plan.

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This is How a Department Store Dies, JC Penney

A final option at Penney’s is to start offering more unusual discounts like those seen at the TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) stores. TJX has survived by turning its stores like Marshalls and TJX Maxx into giant bargain basements and offering lots of weird off the wall buys.

An obvious development here would be for TJX to buy JC Penney’s. TJX certainly has the resources to acquire Penney’s it reported $2.952 billion in cash and short-term investments and $3.521 billion in cash from operations on July 31, 2017.

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Will Amazon save Kohls from Oblivion?

Taking Amazon returns would only help Kohl’s if it is the only store in town doing so.

If the arrangement increases Kohl’s foot traffic, every other retailer in town will run to Jeff Bezos’ office to ink a similar deal. People will be able to return Amazon merchandise at Kroger (NYSE: KR), Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM), Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), Safeway, Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST), Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP), Publix, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and possibly 7-Eleven.

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