Walmart: “Unsold Merchandise Piling Up”

In Economics,Meetings on September 26, 2013 by Robert Burke

As we continue the slow motion train-wreck known as the US debt ceiling debate (which popped up mysteriously in the night – giv’em hell boys), we have news out of America’s discount king, Wal-Mart, that they have a problem.  According to Bloomberg news, merchandise is piling up.
U.S. inventory growth at Wal-Mart outstripped sales gains in the second quarter at a faster rate than at the retailer’s biggest rivals.Merchandise has been piling up because consumers have been spending less freely than Wal-Mart projected.“This is not a new development.  Indeed, a Wal-Mart memo in February cause a large stir when it was leaked because as the memo noted, “In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total disaster,” Jerry Murray, a Wal-Mart vice president who works on finance in the U.S. logistics division, said in a Feb. 12 email to other executives, Bloomberg reported. “The worst start to a month I have seen in my (about) 7 years with the company.”
Wal-Mart is a good macro indicator of our economic health because they have a national presence and a global supply chain.  When Wal-Mart slows down it means America the spender is slowing down.  With the American citizen as the global engine of consumption this means that as the American goes so goes the world.There are likely 3 or 4 factors directly driving this (the least of which actually may be Obamacare) that we can look to for direction.

1) The fastest growing segment of our economy are waiters and bartenders.  So if that factory job you used to work was shipped to Mexico or China (such as C&D Technology of Milwaukee) it seems unlikely you have greater spending power and this translates into lower discretionary spending.

2) Inflation, especially in food and energy, is destroying the purchasing power of our poor and middle class.  This means there is less “discretionary” money to buy that new TV or CD, there will be fewer video games and music sold, and worst of all, Johnnie may not get that new bike.

3) Complexity and regulation, how easy or difficult our economy is to navigate, is choking the system.  The factory job is gone, feeding your family is tough, and the idea of starting ones own business has been crushed by regulation, taxation, and market interference.  When government needs to create entire agencies to help people open a business and understand the regulatory process, things have gone too far.

Each of these factors detract from economic progress.  Each stands in the way of self determination.  Each stands as an attack on a free society.

I’m sure the Red and Blue Teams can pass some new venture capital fund for home grown businesses raising lamas and everything will come up green shoots for Wal-Mart.  In the mean-time the creativity of our poor to feed themselves will need to escalate substantially, because whether you like it or not, more budget cuts are coming.

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