By Krystal Steinmetz
E-commerce continues to increase in popularity, bringing in a bigger share of retail sales in recent years, which is driving many retailers to shutter stores, 24/7 Wall St. reports.
While total U.S. retail sales grew 3.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013, e-commerce sales jumped 14.6 percent in the fourth quarter. One year earlier, total sales grew 3.8 percent year-over-year, while e-commerce sales increased 16 percent. According to 24/7 Wall St., these 10 companies are closing the most stores:
- Abercrombie & Fitch. 60 stores closing in 2015.
- Aeropostale. 126 stores to be closed in 2015. It also shuttered 120 stores in 2014.
- Barnes & Noble. "So far, Barnes & Noble has at least managed to close many of its stores upon the termination of the lease period. In doing so, the bookseller has managed to avoid taking major losses from store closures," 24/7 Wall St. said.
- Family Dollar. Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar Stores in 2014, and then announced it would close up to 500 stores.
- JCPenney. 40 stores will be closed in 2015.
- Macy's. 14 store closures in 2015.
- Office Depot. After merging with OfficeMax in 2013, Office Depot elected to close 400 stores through 2016. Now it's on the way to being bought by Staples.
- RadioShack. The company declared bankruptcy and announced it would sell 1,500 to 2,400 of its 4,000 company-owned stores to General Wireless.
- Sears Holdings. 235 stores (the majority Kmarts) to be closed in 2015.
- Staples. It plans to buy Office Depot, and 225 stores closures planned for 2015.