The retail apocalypse coming to a mall near you

Is this retail apocalypse you’ve been hearing so much about a reality?

Is this really the end for the American shopping mall?

Yes! And it’s going to get worse, but I want you to see why it was totally predictable.

In fact, just like we forecast that Harley Davidson would suffer, so too did we forecast that retail stores would take a hit with the predictability of spending waves!

Yes, the retail, brick-and-mortar, industry is suffering because there are too many stores, online shopping is growing exponentially and shoppers are “moving toward experience…”

And yes, internet retailers like Amazon are disrupting shopping malls and big-box stores.

It’s competitive capitalism, and it’s the reason we live in a wealthy country today.

But there’s something so much bigger than all of these things going on, and everyone seems to be missing.

All the retail store closings and bankruptcies were baked into the cake because of a massive demographic trend that peaked in late 2007.

As enormous as e-commerce has become… and as quickly as it continues to grow, it’s nothing compared to the role demographics has played in dictating the fate of the retail economy.

With clothing retail stores like Macy’s and JCPenny sucking more and more wind, how much longer will they be able to tread water? And is there any relief on the horizon?

In our latest infographic, The End of Retail as We Know it, we dive deep into the decline of the retail industry and reveal how a culprit even larger than Amazon, has buried retail stores everywhere and why you’ll see even more consolidation in the years ahead.

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Harry Dent
Harry S. Dent Jr. studied economics in college in the ’70s, but found it vague and inconclusive. He became so disillusioned by the state of his chosen profession that he turned his back on it. Instead, he threw himself into the burgeoning new science of finance where identifying and studying demographic, technological, consumer and many, many other trends empowered him to forecast economic changes. Since then, he’s spoken to executives, financial advisors and investors around the world. He’s appeared on “Good Morning America,” PBS, CNBC and CNN/Fox News. He’s been featured in Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Success, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, American Demographics and Omni. He is a regular guest on Fox Business’s “America’s Nightly Scorecard.” In his latest book, Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in Modern History to Your Advantage, Harry Dent reveals why the greatest social, economic, and political upheaval since the American Revolution is on our doorstep. Discover how its combined effects could cause stocks to crash as much as 80% beginning just weeks from now…crippling your wealth now and for the rest of your life. Harry arms you with the tools you need to financially prepare and survive as the world we know is turned upside down! Today, he uses the research he developed from years of hands-on business experience to offer readers a positive, easy-to-understand view of the economic future by heading up Dent Research, in his flagship newsletter, Boom & Bust.