Despite talk of retail stores having an outdated business model, Wall Street used @thomsonreuters data to forecast that comparable sales (sales at stores open at least a year & e-commerce) are expected to increase for: @Macys (+4%), J.C. Penney (+5.8%), @Nordstrom (+3.2%), @Sears (+1%), @bonton, and @Dillards. However, department store sales are still below their 2000 peak ($232.5B), 2012 ($179.7B), and were down 0.5% in 2014’s second quarter compared to 2013’s second quarter. - Link