“The Retail Bubble Has Burst” – Summarizing The Dark 4Q Earnings Commentary Of Retail CEOs

Saturday, March 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mar 10, 2017

Amazon’s willingness to sell almost any product imaginable at a loss, combined with a massive bubble in retail real estate square footage courtesy of decades of low interest rates seems to finally be catching up with the traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers of America.

As evidence, Scott Krisiloff of Avondale Asset Management compiled the following sample of relatively downtrodden commentary from America’s largest retail CEOs, all of who seem to be throwing in the towel on hopes of any near term upside for their industry:

Everything is not awesome, in fact, it’s kind of awful

“Our industry is the midst of a seismic shift, and, of course, you read the headlines. In fact, many of you write the reports, we’re operating in an incredibly challenging environment. All across the retail industry, many of our competitors are aggressively rationalizing their assets. They are closing stores, exiting markets. They’re cutting costs just to keep their heads above water. We’ve not seen this number of distressed retailers since 2009 in the Great Recession.” – Target CEO Brian Cornell

The Rest…HERE

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