The Race That's Killing Retail

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin discusses the race that only consumers will win, and that's the race to the lowest price. To move products and grow top line, companies are slashing their prices -- and their margins in the process. It's a game where many retailers will be pushed to below 2% margins in the future just to survive.

Retail is in its largest period of transition ever. The companies left behind will bankrupt investors, while the few exceptional leaders benefiting from this change will see astounding growth in the years ahead. The Motley Fool has created a free report: "The Death of Retail," which highlights two companies hand-picked by Fool analysts that are set to dominate the future. To check out these two companies and learn more about the future of retailing, click here now -- it's free!

At the time this article was published Austin Smith has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com, Aeropostale, Best Buy, and Costco Wholesale and has the following options: long JAN 2014 $10.00 calls on Aeropostale, long JAN 2014 $15.00 calls on Aeropostale, and long JAN 2014 $20.00 calls on Aeropostale.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendAmazon.com and Costco Wholesale. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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