Tony Sagami (Harvest Advisors) submits: Perhaps the most important piece of the retail sales puzzle is the news from Wal-Mart that it is going to especially aggressive this holiday season. Wal-Mart has started its holiday advertising campaign earlier than year than any year in its history.
Wal-Mart is promising aggressive price discounts, which means pitiful profits for everybody else. For example, Wal-Mart will be selling a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion ze2308wm notebook computer for $398, an HP Photosmart E317 digital camera for $98.88; a Lexmark all-in-one printer, scanner and copier for $39.88; and a 12-cup coffeemaker, food chopper or 2 quart slow cooker for just $4.24.
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