Coach's response to faltering results has been to try to replicate Michael Kors, a strategy that seems unlikely to succeed.
Nordstrom shows progress on investments as Kohl's and Macy's top lines struggle.
Venerable McDonald's strong global presence provides advantages over smaller rivals Burger King and Wendy's.
PepsiCo's fast-growing food business offsets sluggish soda sales as pure play Coca-Cola faces a stagnant market.
GameStop faces strong competition from the likes of Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Target, along with new entrants such as app makers.
Costco has a sound strategy and attracts a higher-income clientele than Wal-Mart and Target, which are more sensitive to economic factors.
Ross Stores has dependable cash flow and more room to grow than larger TJX and struggling Big Lots.
Unless there is a clear path to a renewal of growth, investors should hold off on purchasing Men's Wearhouse even though it is nearing a deal for Jos. A. Bank.
Nordstrom continues to show progress in its growth initiatives, while Macy's and Kohl's offer less exciting prospects.
Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank must show evidence of faster growth before purchasing shares.
Whole Foods faces increasing competition from traditional supermarkets and upstarts such as The Fresh Market and Sprouts Farmers Market
Coach is trying to emulate Michael Kors, but faces an uphill battle
Venerable McDonald's stock has sold off, but pays a handsome dividend and trades at an attractive valuation compared to Burger King and Wendy's
Nordstrom's investing in growth initiatives while Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank battle it out
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