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Wal-Mart Is Losing Its Hold on Retail

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) has been a dominant player in retail for decades, but there may be some chinks in its armor. Over the past five years, growth has underperformed direct rivals Target (NYSE: TGT  ) and Costco (NASDAQ: COST  ) , while it's been crushed by (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) . 

Demographic shifts as well as self-inflicted wounds from too little inventory and uninspiring store design have Wal-Mart following instead of leading in retail, an uncomfortable position for the company. The Fool's Erin Miller recently sat down with analyst Travis Hoium to see what trends investors should be watching. 

Wal-Mart struggles with the future of retail
Retail is changing so fast that Wal-Mart is having a hard time keeping up. The truth is that only those most forward-looking and capable companies will survive the future of retail. To learn about two retailers with especially good prospects, take a look at The Motley Fool's special free report: "The Death of Wal-Mart: The Real Cash Kings Changing the Face of Retail." In it, you'll see how these two cash kings are able to consistently outperform and how they’re planning to ride the waves of retail's changing tide. You can access it by clicking here.

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  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 10:19 PM, neamakri wrote:

    Wow, it just hit me! Walmart is following its same old game plan, just like Radio Shack is trying the same old thing. This is deja vu.

    I used to go to Walmart late at night, and there were real checkout people. Not any more, you self-checkout or not at all. In other words, people were fired to hike up the bottom line; at the loss to customer service.

    My Walmart does have low prices but sometimes I have to shop somewhere else to get what I want (and Walmart should have the item but they don't).

    Anyway, good luck going downhill behind Radio Shack.

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