Is it the End of Sears?

The saddest part of the sorry saga of Sears is that nobody but its employees might notice if the brand dies. The customers obviously abandoned Sears long ago, leaving nothing but debt and empty stores behind.

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The Retail Apocalypse is Alive and Well

Giving Walmart workers an extra $8 or $9 a day might have little or no impact on the economy. Walmart clerks can now afford to buy lunch at In-N-Out Burger; rather than at McDonald’s, how does that benefit the wider economy? Much higher wages will be needed for a real economic stimulus.

It remains to be seen if the $1,000 bonus and wage hike will have any effect on Main Street. Giving average families an extra $1,000 to pay off $1,000 of their credit card debt, might not do much for the economy. The average U.S. household now owes $15,654 in credit-card debt, Nerdwallet estimated.

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Would Amazon buy Sears or Nordstrom?

This does not mean Amazon would not buy a department store. I can certainly picture it acquiring Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN); which has a “best in the industry” reputation, and a loyal customer following much like Whole Foods. It also likes to implement next generation retail practices like setting up “storefronts” for online merchants and Tesla dealerships in its stores.

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Why Haven’t More Retailers Gone Bankrupt?

Some observers even point to the lack of bankruptcies (or major bankruptcies) to cast doubt upon all the whole proposition of a retail apocalypse. These critics are mistaken; the lack of bankruptcies does not make the apocalypse fake news. The Dallas Morning News estimated that 5,377 chain store closings had been announced as of May 14, 2017.

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Is the End in Sight at Sears?

It looks as if Sears is close to death and a chapter in American retail history is about to end. We are now living in the age of Amazon and many brick and mortar retailers are doomed.

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Eddie Lampert has gone Nuts, Sears is Suing Craftsman Supplier

Sears Holdings’ (NASDAQ: SHLD) CEO Eddie Lampert is justifying suspicions that he is crazy. His newest turnaround strategy of blaming

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Weird Investments that Might Pay Off

All of these investments are real risky and you’ll probably lose money but you never know. As Benjamin Graham liked to point out Mr. Market is completely insane and he often rewards off the wall investors while punishing conventional thinkers severely.

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Sears Investors are about to get Burned…. again possibly by a Kmart REIT

Investors need to say away from a potential Kmart REIT like anything Lampert touches it will lose money. It looks as if another group of investors are about to get burned by another lousy Lampert stock.

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Holiday Season of Pain begins – Macy’s to lay off 10,100 Sears Closings Accelerate

Those closures are addition to 46 shutdowns the company had announced internally on December 27. If these reports are true, Sears might be closing 196 stores. That’s more than 10% of Sears’ footprint, it currently operates around 1,500 stores.

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How is Sears Staying in Business?

Sears stockholders had better sell off fast because the final round of the Sears death spiral seems to be beginning. It’ll be a miracle if Sears survives 2017 without bankruptcy or liquidation.

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