Debunking The Retail Apocalypse
This is the 2017 Research White Paper. The research was updated in 2018 and found by clicking here. New research is being performed and will be released in August 2019. Many articles and press accounts still point to this page. You are free to download both.
A lot has been made in the mainstream news about the death of retail. But it is fake news. The reality is retail has grown over $122b in sales in the US this year and retailers have opened thousands of stores more than they have closed.
This is research that was conducted to refute the negative narrative that was out there in the mainstream media that was based on a very narrow swath of data. This research report began with the review of 2,400 retail chains operating in the U.S. from the IHL Sophia Data Service, then was narrowed down to 1,804 chains with 50 or more stores.
The Result? Over 4,850 more stores are opening than closing among big chains, and when smaller retailers are included the net gain is well over 10,000 new stores. As well, through the first seven months of the year, retail sales are up $122 billion, an amount roughly equivalent to the total annual retail sales of The Netherlands.”
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