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The Wal-Mart Indicator: We’re Heading for a Stagflationary Disaster


by Phoenix Capital Research

 

In the second half of 2012, the media, Federal Reserve, and various Governmental economic bean counters engaged in what we call Great Global Rigging of 2012 in an effort to make the US economy look better to help the Obama campaign re-election bid.

Now that the election is over, the ugly economic realities have begun to creep out from where they were swept under the rug. And while the official economic data is bad (a negative GDP in the fourth quarter of 2012), it’s nothing compared to what real-time indicators are showing:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) had the worst sales start to a month in seven years as payroll-tax increases hit shoppers already battling a slow economy, according to internal e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News.

“In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February MTD sales are a total disaster,” Jerry Murray, Wal- Mart’s vice president of finance and logistics, said in a Feb. 12 e-mail to other executives, referring to month-to-date sales. “The worst start to a month I have seen in my ~7 years with the company.”

Wal-Mart and discounters such as Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO). are bracing for a rise in the payroll tax to take a bigger bite from the paychecks of shoppers already dealing with elevated unemployment. The world’s largest retailer’s struggles come after executives expected a strong start to February because of the Super Bowl, milder weather and paycheck cycles, according to the minutes of a Feb. 1 officers meeting Bloomberg obtained.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-02-15/wal-mart-executives-sweat-slow-february-start-in-e-mails

Here’s Wal-Mart, the single largest retailer in the US, reporting that it just had the single worst start to any month in over seven years. Indeed, the company missed just revenues expectations as families adjust to a “reduced paycheck and increased gas prices.

 

The increased gas prices is most important. Inflation is already seeping into the system in a big way. Indeed, if you account for real inflation (not the Fed’s phony CPI measure), the US economy contracted by over 1% last quarter.

Make no mistake, we are heading into a stagflationary collapse. The time to prepare is NOW before stocks “get it.”

So if you have not already taken steps to prepare for systemic failure, you NEED to do so NOW. We’re literally at most a few months, and very likely just a few weeks from the economy taking a massive downturn, potentially taking down the financial system with them. Think I’m joking? The Fed is pumping hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars into financial system right now trying to stop this from happening.

 

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Best Regards,

Graham Summers

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  • Dave_Mowers

    For more than fifty years 90% of Americans have seen their wages go lower, benefits disappear and retirements get looted by Wall Street and Hedge Funds and now there is nothing left so go to a real country Wal Mart where they care about wage growth, medical care and their people; China.

  • hvaiallverden

    What the f… did they expect, when they have swaed of the very f… branch that they sitt on.

    And how many times must someone tell them, and others, the monetary policy, is downright insanity.

    Its not only a result of fraud and despetions, created ilutions, solving matters with creating even bigger ilutions, solitly fondamented of an ilutions, the debth can be gone tomorrow, did you know that, they know it, you dont.

    The marked is flooded with toiletpaper, the gold marked is flooded with “srtificats”(aka: more shitpaper), in the bitter end, we have just created an impresive and in historical terms a mindboggeling heap of shittpaper.

    All electronicly of course, there are de facto not anouf Trees on this planet to manufactor this heep.

    It is infact a reality change, and this time I am certain the future of the Fractional Banking system and its sceems, the marked regulations, utterly corrupted and manipulated to become downright robbery in virtualy everything we do.

    Without shame, we read about how mutch They gain from it, and the world hails.

    There is a war right now, not asmutch in the sence of an batlefeild, but of monetary policy.

    And sorry to say, that the RobberBarons wars and lootings are the winner of this game.

    We the people are de facto loosing.

    Is it realy democarcy, when there is polic in the streets, beating the shittout of people, demanding their f… right to say No.

    Is it.

    peace

    Bentley’s second Law of Economics: The only thing more dangerous than an economist is an amateur economist!
    Berta’s Fundamental Law of Economic Rents.. “The only thing more
    dangerous than an amateur economist is a professional economist.”