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February 02, 2011 08:22 ET

Analyst Research on Dillard's Inc. and Sears Holdings Corporation -- Consumer Spending Help Boost Department Stores

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Despite no significant change in unemployment data, consumer spending rose according to the U.S Commerce Department. Purchases increased a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December providing a boost for department stores. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the department stores industry. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the department stores industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Dillard's Inc. and Sears Holdings Corporation; all investors need to do is register for a complimentary membership at

Discount retailers were among those that benefitted most. A consumer preference for discounted products continues to prevail. This is evident in the recent gains seen by retailers in the last month. On the other hand, higher end retailers like Sears Holding Corp and Dillard's Inc. both saw gains but to a lesser degree. Sears is up 1% and Dillard's 2% in January. Investors looking for free research on Dillard's Inc. and Sears Holdings Corporation are welcome to sign up at or for our newest reports. 

There are reasons to temper enthusiasm for the recent retail bounce-back though. Clothing comprises a significant portion of department store sales and profit margins may be narrowed by higher cotton price projected for 2011. Some retailers which purchase excess inventory from other retailers may have an edge here since they are not buying from the actual producer. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Overall, discount retailers are seeing the biggest gains amongst department stores. Greater consumer spending bodes well for the industry as a whole but several obstacles still appear to be in the way of significant growth.

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