The retail industry closed the day down 1.3%. ValueVision Media Inc ( VVTV), QKL Stores Inc ( QKLS), Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), and Pantry Inc ( PTRY) were all decliners today within the retail industry with Safeway Inc ( SWY) being today's featured retail loser. Safeway Inc fell 51 cents (-2.8%) to $17.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Safeway Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares.

Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. Safeway Inc has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Safeway as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Pricesmart Inc ( PSMT), Kirkland's Inc ( KIRK), Stamps.com Inc ( STMP), and Gaiam Inc ( GAIA) were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com Inc ( AMZN) being today's featured retail industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).
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