Global Crisis Effects on American Retailers

Retailers in the United States during this year are beginning complicated in big problems. Starting next month, they faced a problem in the closing outlets, bankruptcy, and corporate takeovers due the significantly decline on their sales during the holiday season is the worst figure in the last 40 years.

Based on data from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), estimated, the Retailers will close retail outlets around 73,000 in the first quarter 2009. Talbot’s Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp. are a few companies will close some stores in several locations with lowest sales rate. In addition, more than dozen retailers, including the Circuit City Stores Inc., Linens N Things Inc., Sharper Image Corp., and Steve & Barry’s LLC are in bankruptcy protection (bankruptcy protection) in this year as the restriction on credit from FED and the companies become more careful agaisnt profit loss as impact on their low sales.

According to Burt Flickinger, Manager Director of Strategic Resource Group, investors will see retailers whom seeking bankruptcy protection in February when financial reported is launched. “You will see many department stores, specialty stores, discount stores, wholesale stores, drug store, and others, both national and multinational companies, will be out of business. The amount will rise to new concerns,” said Flickinger. By using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ICSC also predicts, 148,000 stores already closed in 2008. Largest since 2001 where 151,000 stores were closed. According to the ICSC Chief Economist Michael Niemira, percentage of store growth will decrease 3 percent this year. In addition,  total outlets spread in any locations have the same conditions. Niemira says, about 73,000 locations also will be closed in the first quarter 2009. However, difficulties conditions by the retailers to provide benefits to the consumers. “If you shop, you may find discounts on many products,” said Patrick McKeever, a senior equity Analyst MKM Partners LLC. This strategy- to discount any goods is to increase their sales but so far the result showed the bad results. Unfortunately, costumer surplus was offered some retailers such as Macys, Ann Taylor Inc. and other retailers failed to push up sales. In fact, in the last two months, the number of sales decreased 4 percent. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Uncle Sam economic condition was estimated to be shrinking in the third quarter around 0.5 percent, while the economists Bloomberg surveyed agreed, the country with the largest economy in the world will get the great pressure to the first half of 2009.

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  1. They often give bankruptcy protection on Forex trading. Specialty stores is mostly favored by the small and medium sized investors.

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