Stores Begin Shrinking, in an Effort to Grow

Larger stores are developing new models to profit -- they're slowly building out a greater number of smaller stores and becoming increasingly relevant with consumers in the process. Best Buy is adding Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) Mobile locations, Target (NYSE: TGT  ) is moving into smaller urban city-center locations, and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) is experimenting with its express stores -- so shareholders should be careful to pay attention to how these large chains are branching out and decide whether to invest based on case-by-case scenarios. The real winners will most likely be retailers that can bundle great value with repeat purchases.

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