Dealers should consider downsizing their stores before abandoning markets outright.
"Sears Holdings closed nearly 600 stores in a one-year period. Yet sales at its stores open at least one year still slipped 8.6 percent during the third quarter. At Aeropostale, 84 locations were shuttered in a year's span. But same-store sales continued to tumble during the third quarter, dropping 10 percent."