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Retail Macro Trends for 2013, by ChainLinks Retail Advisors

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Release Date: January 2013
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Retailer expansion will continue to be driven by two trends in 2013:  bifurcation driven by the weakness of the middle class consumer and the long-term impact of e-commerce, according to the 2013 U.S. National Retail Report by ChainLinks Retail Advisors.

Expanding retail categories in 2013:

  • Small Grocery and niche players — ranging from discount to luxury and ethnic to organic
  • Restaurants — fast food and fast casual leading the way, but growth across the spectrum
  • Fitness/health — including spa concepts
  • Drug stores
  • Dollar stores
  • Automotive service
  • Off-price apparel
  • Pet supplies
  • Sporting goods

Contracting retail categories in 2013:

  • Large Grocery — especially unionized smaller or regional chains
  • Video Stores
  • Bookstores
  • Do-it-yourself home stores — though these will rally by 2014
  • Stationary/gift shops
  • Office supplies — shifting more to e-commerce
  • Shipping/postal stores
  • Some casual dining concepts — the old and stale lose out to new and fresh