RANT: Are things really heading “south” economically?

http://readychimp.com/2014/04/06/preppers-prepare-more-16-major-retail-chains-closing-stores-across-america/

Preppers, prepare more: 16 major retail chains closing stores across America
by Ready Chimp
April 6, 2014

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Recent news stories show that American retail is in dire straits. Here are 16 big retail companies that have closed or will close stores soon:
Office supply company Staples has announced plans to close 225 stores by 2015, which is about 15% of its chain. Staples already closed 40 stores last year.

Office Depot, Staples’ main competitor which bought Office Max last year, isn’t in good shape either. Industry analysts expect Office Depot to announce its own round of store closings soon.

Radio Shack has announced plans to close 20% of its stores or as many as 1,100 stores this year. The company, which operates around 4,000 stores, reported that its sales fell by 19% last year.

Albertsons supermarket closed 26 stores in January and February this year. Analysts expect many more Albertsons to be closed down because Albertsons’ owner hedge fundCerberus Capital Management just bought Safeway Inc. Some Safeway stores could soon shut down as well.

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Argh!

How can there be such a disparity of opinion?

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