Finding a Retail Niche

The economy has been the subject of much debate the last few years, with some saying it is making a recovery and others claiming it is mired in a slow-growth mode that is not producing jobs fast enough.

No matter where one stands on the economic spectrum, what is not in dispute is the importance of consumer spending, which can account for upwards of 70% of the economy. One place consumer spending shows its power is in the retail sector. Earlier this month, the Commerce Department reported that overall retail spending rose 0.4% in June. But excluding autos, gasoline and building supplies, which tend to be volatile, retail sales rose just 0.15%. This performance was below the expectations of economists. In other words, retailers are struggling....347 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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