BOOM OR BUST: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE US RETAIL INDUSTRY?
Retail Sector Analysis By Creditsafe Reveals Surprising Strength Despite Recent Setbacks
APRIL 3, 2017, ALLENTOWN, PA: Creditsafe USA today released the findings of an in-depth analysis of the US retail sector for Q1 2017. Despite recent Chapter 11 filings by such notable retailers as Sports Authority and American Apparel and store closings by other retail heavy-weights such as Sears and JCPenny, the US retail sector as whole remains incredibly strong and shows no signs of slowing down.
“The Creditsafe Guide: Demystifying the US Retail Industry” looks at the overall health of US companies in the retail sector for the first quarter of 2017. When compared to other industries, the retail sector is the second largest in the United States in terms of the number of businesses, encompassing nearly 14%. It ranks third as far as the number of individuals employed by the sector with nearly 10% of the country’s workforce.
“Our study reveals that while a number of the big retail players have experienced financial hardships, there is a huge portion of the retail sector that are performing very well,” explained Matthew Debbage, CEO of Creditsafe USA and Asia. “In today’s retail landscape, the e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Walmart are giving the traditional department stores a run for their money. Interestingly, however, it is the small companies with either less than 100 employees or sales less than $10M that are experiencing rapid growth. They are truly thriving.”
Highlights of the report include:
**44% of retail companies are rated low risk compared to 42% of business in other industries
**12% lower instances of bankruptcy in the retail sector compared to business in other industries
“There is an apparent change happening within this sector, and companies that are embracing the change will become stronger. And, it’s inherently clear things are still booming in the retail sector,” added Debbage.
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