Retail Expert Davidowitz: Wal-Mart’s Woes Stem From Economy in ‘State of Collapse’

Sunday, August 18, 2013
By Paul Martin

By Dan Weil
MoneyNews.com
Thursday, 15 Aug 2013

Wal-Mart issued weak earnings news Thursday, but the company isn’t doing anything wrong, says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of retail consultant Davidowitz & Associates. It’s merely suffering from a weak economy.

“Wal-Mart is a terrific operator,” Davidowitz tells Yahoo. “They didn’t suddenly become stupid. … The economy is in a state of collapse. That’s what’s going on.”

The world’s biggest retailer cut its full-year profit forecast after second-quarter profit came in below analysts’ expectations.

The employment situation illustrates the weakness of the U.S. economy. Of the new jobs generated this year, 75 percent are low-wage, part-time, Davidowitz explains.

Real unemployment, including those who have stopped looking for work and are working fewer hours than they want, is 14 percent, he adds.

“Business is bad in America,” Davidowitz notes. “Look at our GDP [gross domestic product] growth. We’re growing at 1.5 percent. That means we can’t produce jobs.”

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