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The Death of Retail Is Greatly Exaggerated

The industry took a dive on this year’s Fortune 500 list, but its vitals are still strong.
Amid the retail wreckage, some chains are still drawing crowds.

IT’S NOT EVEN HALF OVER, and 2017 has already been a year for the record books for traditional retailers. Just not in the way they would like.

National brands like J.C. Penney, Macy’s, and Sears kicked off the year by reporting awful holiday season results—and then announcing hundreds of store closings. Big names from Ralph Lauren to Staples followed suit,

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