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Some of the retailer's problems are affecting the entire industry. These companies can handle them better.
Investors were largely expecting a difficult first quarter, however. There are even some bright spots in an otherwise bleak picture.
The current earnings crop is expected to be the low point of this year's picture, however.
Company profits reached a new all-time quarterly record, and growth for the fourth quarter was the highest of the year.
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