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Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS), J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP): Not Exactly a Page-Turner

The housing market is booming, and with new construction comes heightened demand for new appliances. Several companies reporting ahead of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) confirmed the trend of strong appliance sales. There’s something seriously wrong when even a silver lining at Sears is tarnished.

5. There’s never an “easy” button when you need one
The market gave Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) the business after the office-supply superstore chain disappointed investors with fresh financials. The stock tumbled 15% on Wednesday after the retailer posted declining sales and profitability.

The market’s known for some time that the operator’s overseas business is struggling, but now Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) is revising its outlook even lower. Staples is eyeing a decline in revenue and no more than $1.25 a share in earnings for the year. Its earlier view was calling for a modest increase in sales on earnings of $1.30 to $1.35 a share.

This would seem to be a good time to be Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS). Corporate America’s hiring again. New small businesses are starting up. Two smaller rivals have combined in a move that should firm up product pricing. However, the retailer just isn’t getting the job done. Staples sells staple removers, but this week it was investors removing Staples.

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of LightInTheBox. The Motley Fool owns shares of Staples. 

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