6 Retail Stocks to Cash In On

Shares of both super discounters and luxury chains can make good investments. We name three of each.

Here’s a head-scratcher: Coach, the purveyor of pricey purses, keeps banging out record profits at the same time that Dollar General and Dollar Tree, which appeal to price-conscious shoppers, rake in cash hand over fist. For investors, these companies show that you can make money in retail stocks even in a dicey economy. Indeed, in the case of the discounters, it’s because of the economy.

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Kathy Kristof
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kristof, editor of SideHusl.com, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of Investing 101, Taming the Tuition Tiger and Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a Jeopardy question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.