RTH covers the 25 largest U.S. companies involved in retail distribution, wholesalers, on-line, direct mail and TV retailers, multi-line retailers, specialty retailers and food and other staples retailers. The ETF’s exposure to traditional department stores is light.

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Market analysts argued that department stores have experienced declining revenue on lower foot traffic as online stores like Amazon, which recently made an aggressive push into apparel and fashion, have started to take significant market share from traditional brick-and-mortar stores, reports Susaznne Kapner for the Wall Street Journal.

“If you’re bullish on the 2016 holiday shopping season, history says to buy retail stocks in late October or early November. And be sure to exit your trade by the end of November or December,” according to ETF Daily News.

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SPDR S&P Retail ETF