In this video from Friday's edition of the Motley Fool's Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio analyst Ron Gross take a hard-hitting look at the biggest investing stories of the day.

In this segment, Chris and Ron take a look at brick-and-mortar retailers as a whole and at why Target (NYSE:TGT) plunged this quarter while a niche retailer like Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) was able to thrive in this economy and retail environment. Is this divide the new normal?

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