Has the Incredibly Shrinking Target Turned Around?

After months of dropping, Target’s revenues suddenly displayed a small but noticeable increase of $26 million during Second Quarter 2017. That does not make up for the $4.23 billion revenue drop between July 2015 and April 2017, but it is an improvement.

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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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Supermarkets fight for Survival at SuperValu

Traditional supermarkets like Supervalu are struggling because of greatly increased competition and a collapse in food and consumer goods prices. These forces might make the historic supermarket business model unsustainable.

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The Slow Decline and Fall of Target

Strangely enough, Target (NYSE: TGT) has something in common with the Roman Empire; it is slowly but surely declining. Target’s

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Are Home Improvement Stores a Bubble?

Is improvement really a growth industry or is it a bubble? After all The Home Depot had 2,274 stores in February 2016, and Lowes and its subsidiaries were operating 2,365 locations in 2015. That adds up to 4,639 stores which raises the obvious question: how many stores can the market support.

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Costco Defies the Odds

Costco has one thing in common with Amazon, it is a very cash rich company. On February 28, 2017 it reported $4.976 billion in cash from operations, $2.384 billion in in net income and $5.965 billion in cash and short-term investments. This was in spite of a free cash flow of -$23 million and a profit margin of 1.73%.

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Can Target Survive the Retail Apocalypse?

My prediction is that Target will continue to make money but the revenue losses will keep growing. At some point; probably in 2019, Target will have to start closing stores and possibly reducing its national footprint much like JC Penny’s and Macy’s are to survive.

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The Retail Jobs Apocalypse Might Doom Trump’s Jobs Agenda

Sooner or later, Trump will have to face the retail-jobs apocalypse, particularly if he wants to get reelected. Although dealing with it might doom his administration, because it might expose just how ineffective his policies might be and how hollow his promises seem.

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Stocks to Dump in 2017

That means there are some equities you should throw out of your portfolio right now. Disturbingly some big names; that were once among the best and brightest in stocks, are now among the deadwood you need to jettison.

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Disastrous Holiday Season Looming for Retailers

Investors should pay close attention to what happens at Target and Macy’s this holiday season. Their performance; or lack of it, might show us where American retail is going and what effect Amazon is really having on the market.

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