What's the buzz concerning the future of retail players, especially those in flux for one reason or the other? That's the key question the news article, referenced on Page 1 of this week's SN, seeks to answer. To a large extent, the news article -- written by SN reporter Elliot Zwiebach -- focuses on speculation concerning what may be ahead in terms of merger and buyout activity. We'll take a look at what some of the buzz is about in a moment, but first let's take a look at the forces ...

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