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Jul
15

Dear Amazon: No Anniversary Card from Walmart

Black friday RIP

Dear Amazon: Don’t Expect an Anniversary Card from Walmart You have no doubt been up all night scouring Amazon’s Prime Day deals and you are now entering the zombie phase in front of your computer or smartphone. We can now officially say RIP to Black Friday but the competition is stomping its feet. Let’s be …

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Oct
21

URBN: Fast Fashion is the Icing on the Cake

Urban Outfitters (URBN) just became the poster child for how a company should not to manage expectations after it has reduced guidance only a few weeks after an investor day. On Thursday night Urban reported that comparable-store sales have remained negative into October. That shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve actually visited any Urban store during the …

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Oct
21

JCP New Leader Trades in Orange Apron for Full Plate

Published Oct 13, 2014 J.C. Penney (JCP) finally found its leader. Marvin Ellison will leave his orange apron at Home Depot (HD) to join JCP Nov. 1st as CEO in training. He will officially take over August 2015. Ellison has an outstanding track record running stores at Home Depot and JCP is banking on the hope he can …

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Oct
21

COST: Costco Breaks the Cycle

Published Oct 8, 2014 Even though it is trading at a 24x multiple on a day where retail dinosaurs J.C. Penney(JCP) and Sears (SHLD) seem to be losing the good fight, Costco (COST) is looking pretty outstanding. This morning, after months of incredibly consistent same-store sales but lagging profit growth, Costco reported a long-awaited earnings-per-share (EPS) beat. The naysayers on …

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Sep
02

Teen Retail: Old Guard May Not Cut it in New World

originally published on August 22 2014 Teen retailers have been in a death spiral for years now, yet recently the street has decided that fewer bad results are the new good. Take American Eagle (AEO), for example. Comps declined 7% this quarter and gross margins were down ONLY 40 basis points. Most surprising, the company issued guidance …

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