The specialty retail industry closed the day down 0.1%. Birks & Mayors Inc ( BMJ), Coinstar Inc ( CSTR), Big five Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), and Group I Automotive Inc ( GPI) were all decliners today within the specialty retail industry with Vitamin Shoppe Inc ( VSI) being today's featured specialty retail loser. Vitamin Shoppe Inc fell 71 cents (-1.8%) to $37.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 515,238 shares of Vitamin Shoppe Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 448,600 shares.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products. Vitamin Shoppe Inc has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 31.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vitamin Shoppe as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Lentuo International Inc ( LAS), CSS Industries Inc ( CSS), Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), and Mecox Lane ( MCOX) were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Netflix Inc ( NFLX) being today's featured specialty retail industry winner.

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