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U.S. consumers seem to be gaining confidence of late, and March saw a 6.6 percent rise in year-over-year retail sales according to the National Retail Federation. Furthermore, consumers are predicted to up their mother's day spending this year by 8.4 percent to total $18.6 billion. These positive trends indicate that, despite high gas prices, this summer could be a good one for retailers. Get your free reports on ANN INC. and The Talbots Inc. at http://www.shinesrooms.com/index.php?_controller=RegisterMember&_method=index. There is no commitment to join.
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Apparel Stores, such as ANN INC. and The Talbots Inc. have also been benefiting from lower cotton prices which have declined by about 50 percent from last year's highs.
Nevertheless, challenges remain especially for industry players which have been focused on an older demographic. Attracting new, working customers from the younger generation is a challenge, and doing so without alienating existing consumers even more so. Ann Taylor has been overcoming this with its Loft stores, dedicated to younger customers. The company already has considerably more Loft locations than Ann Taylor locations and has recently opened a store in Michigan as well as announcing a fall opening in Fort Worth. ANN INC. report is accessible for free by registering today at http://www.shinesrooms.com/ANNINC110512.pdf.
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