Are Department Stores Dead?

In today's edition, analysts Austin Smith and Brendan Byrnes look at whether department stores are dead. There are some scary statistics out there about declining department-store sales, but many investors have been taking the figures out of context. While there is weakness, and some big heavies such as J.C. Penney and Sears Holdings look as if they need life support, there are some winners in this space, and investors should be careful and not turn weakness from some into expected weakness for all.

Macy's , for one, continues to perform well and trades for attractive multiples. The company has made strides with a comprehensive omnichannel strategy, where many competitors have been lacking. Smaller related stores such as TJX's TJ Maxx have also done a lot of things right.

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