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Prognosis '96 Retailing


Industry Outlook -- Services: RETAILING

PROGNOSIS '96--RETAILING

Positives

-- Housing purchases should continue to help sales of home-related goods.

-- Consumer confidence is rising, and that bodes well for sales of big-ticket items such as home computers.

Negatives

-- Apparel sales will continue to slow as consumers focus on home-related purchases.

-- Retail bankruptcies will increase as the shakeout among discounters and off-price retailers continues.Return to top

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