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Fly Charts: Averting Retail Apocalypse and Apple's Bundled Future

From worrying echoes of '72 to bringing Starbucks to Kohl's, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.
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Good morning! This is Fly Charts, the daily charts-only newsletter from Gadfly; sign up here. From worrying echoes of '72 to bringing Starbucks to Kohl's, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.

That's Gotta Hurt

A lot of retail stocks got slammed this year. But there are signs the much-heralded retail apocalypse may be avoided next year.

Source: Bloomberg

Bearing Fruit

Apple is increasingly relying on services revenue to generate growth. Here are some ideas to juice it in the years to come.

Source: Bloomberg

Note: The quarters shown here correspond to Apple's fiscal year, which ends each September.

Glimmer of Hope

Ex-Starbucks executive Michelle Gass was an offbeat hire for Kohl's in 2013. But she's already had a positive impact, and is a good choice as its next CEO.

Source: Bloomberg

Paying for Growth

This market looks an awful lot like it's setting up for a repeat of 1972. And that's a terrifying proposition.

Source: Bloomberg

And don't miss Lionel Laurent on big bitcoin exits: "The common thread here is the effort to portray selling as a noble act, not a cash grab. Maybe in these cases, it's true. But it's remarkably fortunate timing. Bitcoin has soared to $17,000 from $950 this year, and Litecoin to $330 from $4. There seems to be a broader trend here. There's been a drop in the number of ultra-fat Bitcoin holdings, owned by the market whales, at exactly the time when Wall Street is desperate to play in the Bitcoin casino and ordinary punters are mortgaging their house to bet on a hot crypto tip."

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