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“I Was Expecting Many More People”: Black Friday Tumbles To 3rd Spot In Busiest Shopping Days Of The Year

It has been an odd year for retail: with an estimated 6,000 store closures, and 65,000 fewer retail jobs than at the start of the year, many have said shorting retail, and especially malls, is the next “big short” trade. Indeed, one look at the performance of the mall heavy CMBX 6 BBB- tranche confirms […]

Dead Mall Stalking: One Hedge Fund Manager’s Tour Across Middle-America – Part 3

Via AdventuresInCapitalism.com, Part 1 here… Part 2 here… Ever since the first Sears catalog was published in 1888 (the Amazon.com of its day), pundits have called for the death of retail establishments. It’s easy to see why they would think that such a thing was happening—namely stores around them were closing in rapid succession. Of […]

Mall Tenants Seek Shorter Leases As America’s Relics Of The 80’s Teeter On The Brink

As if things weren’t bad enough for America’s mall owners, what with the having to filling their retail space with high schools, grocers and churches, it seems that retailers have grown so uncertain about the future of these 1980s relics that they’re only willing to sign 1-2 leases these days. As Bloomberg points out this […]

Millennials’ Holiday Wish List

Via ConvergEx's Nicholas Colas: Millennials (those born between the early ‘80s and mid ‘90s) and Gen Z (born after 1996) now make up America’s largest consumer base, so their preferences will shape spending patterns for years to come. Despite the financial headwinds facing millennials, such as student loans, they have already helped drive spending this […]

The Battle Of Black Friday: Visualizing The Winners And Losers

Black Friday – the name elevates images of people standing in long lines, fighting the crowds to grab the best bargains of the year, and filling the shopping carts to the rims. But, as FreeShippingCode.com notes, from another perspective Black Friday is the day when retailers try to push their sales to the last limits […]

Perpetual Black Friday

Submitted by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com, Whatever numbers the retail association posts this weekend for Black Friday (typically overoptimistic assessments) are likely to be skewed this year even more. The New York Times expects a Less Frenzied Black Friday as Millennials opt to stay away. If you’re in the retail business in the United States, […]

Retailers Panic: 63% Of Americans Plan Not To Shop On Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is when the holiday shopping season in the United States traditionally begins and is the day when retailers (at least in the past) finally turned a profit, going from “being in the red” to “in the black.” However, in recent years, this trend has seen turned […]

American “Hope” Spikes To Highest In 18 Months After Trump Win

Inflation expectations (short- and long-term) have risen notably in the latest Uiniversity of Michigan survey data but it is “hope” that has soared. Consumer Expectations spiked most in over 3 years to 85.2 in November to 18 month highs following the election of Donald Trump as US president. While current conditions remain well off the […]