NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- There have been all sorts of headline-grabbing surprises in the retail sector this year as companies either had to fight for survival by creatively raising cash or seek to reinvent themselves through acquisition, and next year promises to be equally startling.
Topping the list is a possible new wave of store closures from teen apparel companies.
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Among the biggest surprises this year was Dollar Tree's (DLTR) $8.5 billion bid to acquire dollar store rival Family Dollar (FDO) and the ensuing $9.1 billion counteroffer by behemoth Dollar General (DG) .
Meanwhile, beleaguered Sears (SHLD) said recently that it plans to create a real estate investment trust to raise badly needed cash. The REIT would include 200 to 300 of its 700-owned domestic Sears and Kmart stores.
Other surprises included Macy's (M) announcing same-day delivery service in eight major markets, while Starbucks (SBUX) has a new, fancy 15,000-square-foot store called Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in its Seattle home market.
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