Do Department Stores Make Money?

Part of the reason why retailers such as Penney’s, Sears, Macy’s and Dillard’s are having a hard time maintaining revenue growth is that they have fewer customers. The percentage of middle class families in the population of every state of the Union shrank between 2000 and 2013, research from the Pew Charitable Trust indicates.

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Just How Bad Is the Retail Apocalypse Anyway?

The social, political and economic consequences of the retail apocalypse will be immense. It will change America in ways we cannot even begin to imagine. One has to wonder how much longer this will continue until it produces some sort of civil unrest.

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Lawsuit Alleges Latest Lampert Deal Would Make Sears Insolvent

The Robbins Arroyo prediction of insolvency because of the real estate deals sounds a little too optimistic when you take a look at these figures. If the revenue losses continue, Sears is headed for insolvency with or without the Seritage and other deals.

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Staples’ Purchase of Office Depot Makes No Sense

My prediction: if the merger goes through, there will be bigger losses at Staples as it tries to divest itself of all those stores. The revenue and the stock value of the new Staples will plummet because of those losses. Those losses will come as Staples faces more competition online.

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Sears is Dying Faster than We Thought

That means Sears could close over 200 stores by the end of the year. It only closed 96 stores last year, and if that isn’t a sign of the death spiral, I don’t know what is. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the death spiral occurs when a retailer’s sales cannot cover its operating expenses, so it has to start closing stores or selling assets to pay the bills.

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