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Toys “R” Us Gears Up For New Strategy

by irc16350 on October 25, 2016


In light of the success which the Star Wars franchise thoroughly enjoyed this year, Toys “R” Us  briefly enjoyed a 7% year over year sales increase, although it was not enough to keep the company from being forced to reinvent itself due to the increasingly supportive attitudes consumers have shown towards online shopping. After closing two landmark locations in New York last year, and with 1 billion USD in liquidity the retailer hopes to scale down, and zero in on the hottest to-date toys and products of the like, although this means taking on the likes of Amazon, and Walmart. At one time Toys “R” Us being known as the biggest toy store with every toy a child could want being available under one very large roof was one of their greatest assets, now they, landlords, as well as real estate investors alike will need to overcome what has now become a liability, and figure out how to adapt to the changing market which has less, and less need for big box centers. Cap rates which were an average of 7.3% before the 2008 recession, 8.7% during, have held at an average of 7.5% in 2Q16.

Toys “R” Us Plans New Strategy


According to the Washington-based National Retail Federation, holiday sales this 2016 fiscal year are projected to be higher than the 7-year average ever since the recession ended in 2009. U.S unemployment rate is at an 8 year low, sales have been climbing with this year projected to rise to 3.6%. In comparison, the 7-year average since 2009 has been 3.4%. The U.S personal savings rate has fallen to 5.7% of disposable income as of August, down from 6.2% in March. In conjunction with a steady 4.9% unemployment rate, steady job growth, and increasing income levels across the board, have all led NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz to believe this year will be the a very favorable year for consumer holiday spending indeed.

Holiday Sales Expected to Grow, boosted by Wage Gains


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