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January 2015 Retail Sales Fall Sharply - Uh Oh.

Monthly retail sales results were released today prior to the opening of the trading day on Wall Street, but before we take a look at the results, let's take a look at the broader retail landscape. With retail stocks surging and many retail company's seeing their stocks hit new and all-time highs, the fight for the almighty consumer dollar never seems to lose focus.

Some retailers are definitively faring better than others which is always the dynamic for retail operators and as consumer preferences change over time. With that said Kohl's Corp (NYSE:KSS) and Macy's (NYSE:M) both offered raised outlooks recently. Macy's CEO announced the company was acquiring Bluemercury Inc. for $210 million. Read More