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Wal-Mart Showing Signs of Weakness in Retail

By Travis Hoium – Mar 5, 2014 at 6:32PM

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Amazon and Target are stealing customers from Wal-Mart and it doesn't bode well for the company's future.

Wal-Mart (WMT -0.39%) recently reported its fourth straight quarter of falling same-store sales, one of the worst signs of trouble for any retailer. The biggest challenge is that online retailers such as Amazon.com (AMZN -0.82%) are taking over the title as low-cost king, a crown once held by Wal-Mart. 

On the higher end, long-term, Target (TGT 0.24%) is taking more affluent consumers, who before the data breach were going to its stores and boosting same-store sales. 

The question now is whether Wal-Mart can turn the ship around. Fool contributor Travis Hoium gives his thoughts in the following video. 

Travis Hoium manages an account that owns shares of Target and is short shares of Amazon.com. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Amazon.com. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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