What’s Happening To The Retail Sector?

retail etfIf the U.S. economy is getting better, then why are major retail chains closing thousands of stores?  If we truly are in an “economic recovery”, then why do sales figures continue to go down for large retailers all over the country?  Without a doubt, the rise of Internet retailing giants such as Amazon.com have had a huge impact.  Today, there are millions of Americans that actually prefer to shop online.  Personally, when I published my novel I made it solely available on Amazon.  But Internet shopping alone does not account for the great retail apocalypse that we are witnessing.  In fact, some retail experts estimate that the Internet has accounted for only about 20 percent of the decline that we are seeing.  Most of the rest of it can be accounted for by the slow, steady death of the middle class U.S. consumer.  Median household income has declined for five years in a row, but all of our bills just keep going up.  That means that the amount of disposable income that average Americans have continues to shrink, and that is really bad news for retailers.


And sadly, this is just the beginning.  Retail experts are projecting that the pace of store closings will actually accelerate over the course of the next decade.


So as you read this list below, please take note that things will soon get even worse.


The following are 20 facts about the great U.S. retail apocalypse that will blow your mind…


#1 As you read this article, approximately a billion square feet of retail space is sitting vacant in the United States.


#2 Last week, Radio Shack announced that it was going to close more than a thousand stores.


#3 Last week, Staples announced that it was going to close 225 stores.


#4 Same-store sales at Office Depot have declined for 13 quarters in a row.


#5 J.C. Penney has been dying for years, and it recently announced plans to close 33 more stores.


#6 J.C. Penney lost 586 million dollars during the second quarter of 2013 alone.


#7 Sears has closed about 300 stores since 2010, and CNN is reporting that Sears is “expected to shutter another 500 Sears and Kmart locations soon”.


#8 Overall, sales numbers have declined at Sears for 27 quarters in a row.


#9 Target has announced that it is going to eliminate 475 jobs and not fill 700 positions that are currently empty.


#10 It is being projected that Aéropostale will close about 175 stores over the next couple of years.


#11 Macy’s has announced that it is going to be closing five stores and eliminating 2,500 jobs.


#12 The Children’s Place has announced that it will be closing down 125 of its “weakest” stores by 2016.


#13 Best Buy recently shut down about 50 stores up in Canada.


#14 Video rental giant Blockbuster has completely shut down all of their stores.



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