Here's Your 2012 Retail Attack Plan

As I prepare to get locked and loaded on retail, a favorite sector of mine to study, let's take a minute to bring you inside the inner analytical circle. Chances are you have awoken to an overwhelming amount of news on December same-store sales from retailers, as well as fourth-quarter guidance -- and a further hammering-home of the trends that materialized during the holiday season.

There is nothing wrong with picking apart the barrage of press releases. Of course, in the process, be sure to assign equal weight to management comments -- on merchandise margin, inventory levels, post-holiday trends and online sales -- as you do to the actual sales and flow through to the bottom line. That is, pay attention to earnings after accounting for costs, expenses, interest and taxes....941 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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