Sears Holdings' Sears stores dominated American retailing for years, but the company has recently faded. In this video, Austin Smith and Jeremy Phillips review the single fundamental reason why Sears lost its dominance and why Wal-Mart continues to grow, even after becoming a $250 billion company.

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