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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 […]

Caught On Tape: Chaos, Multiple Fights Break Out Among “Black Friday Zombies”

It’s Black Friday, and in keeping with the Holiday weekend tradition, media commentator Mark Dice traveled to Wal-Marts and other stores to document the “zombie apocalypse” of half-awake consumers hell-bent on elbowing past their peers so they can be sure to get the best deals on electronics, books, video games, clothes and any number of […]

America’s New “Trick”To Beat Black Friday Crowds: Wear Employee Uniforms

US shoppers’ lust for Black Friday bargains this year has reached absurd new levels, evidenced by a viral joke that morphed into a disturbing new trend to help shoppers beat Wal-Mart and other big box store crowds by disguising themselves as temporary holiday employees. It started when Twitter user @OverlyLiked announcing he would be selling […]

Amazon Slashes Whole Foods Prices As Much As 43%, Channel Checks Reveal

Following up on last week’s story that sent grocer – and Wal-mart – stocks tumbling, when Amazon annonced it would cut Whole Foods prices as soon as Monday, Bloomberg reports that according to channel checks, “Amazon spent its first day as the owner of a brick-and-mortar grocery chain cutting prices at Whole Foods Market” by […]

Vending Machines Are The Latest Threat To US Retailers

US retailers just can’t catch a break. In a bid to undercut US-based brands, “fast fashion” purveyor Uniqlo announced this week that it will begin selling its clothes in vending machines, a common practice in Japan, where Uniqlo’s owner, Fast Retailing Co., is based. All told, the company plans to open 10 machines in and […]

Dead Mall Stalking: One Hedge Fund Manager’s Tour Across Middle-America – Part 1

Via AdventuresInCapitalism.com, For the past few years, most retailers have struggled. Of course, it’s easy to blame Amazon.com, but it is only one of many causes. At the same time, for us hedgies living in major cities with luxury malls, there is confusion about the problem itself – my mall is crowded and people are […]

Malls Swap Retailers For Gyms And Restaurants In Last-Ditch Bid For Survival

With a record 8,640 retail stores expected to close in 2017, American malls are desperate to draw in customers as America’s retail apocalypse leaves them littered with empty store fronts. Now, some are experimenting with a model that worked for some movie theaters: Invest in restaurants and popular amenities like rock-climbing walls to sell customers […]

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 […]

Visualizing The Train Wreck Of Auto Inventories

Authored by Daniel Ruiz via Blinders Off blog, On May 10, 2017, there were 145,763 new 2016 vehicles unsold. Today, 2016 new car inventory stands at 112,310. At the current rate of sale, we will not sell through the new 2016 inventory till the last week of August. Why this matters Dealers always focus on selling […]

The “Retail Apocalypse” Is Officially Descending Upon America

Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org, Consumerism has long been a defining element of American society, but retail giants are now shutting down thousands of their locations amid a long-anticipated “retail apocalypse." BI reports that over the next couple months, more than 3,500 stores are expected to close: “Department stores like JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, and Kmart […]