Retailers move into casual clothes and lingerie

Oct 23, 2020
Because most of us just aren't getting dressed up anymore.
A woman pushes a stroller past a Zara store in Bergamo, Italy, in June. Retailers are seeing loungewear as a longer-lasting trend as the pandemic continues.
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What’s next for struggling shopping malls?

Oct 19, 2020
Mall real estate is facing a crisis with department store sales down and bankruptcies up.
A nearly empty mall in Bloomington, Minnesota, in June.
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Retailers prepare for a surge in online sales this holiday season

Sep 22, 2020
The thing is, it’s cheaper for retailers when you shop in-store.
A FedEx driver makes deliveries in Manhattan on Sept. 17 in New York City. While consumers have come to expect free shipping, it's costing companies.
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Businesses, insurers want federal backstop to interruption insurance

Sep 11, 2020
Retailers like Century 21 are blaming unpaid insurance claims for their bankruptcies.
A Century 21 department store in lower Manhattan on Sept. 10. The company blamed its insurers for its bankruptcy.
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Retailers go "conservative"

Sep 8, 2020
Going into the fall and the holidays, retailers are being cautious about what they buy.
A reopened Urban Outfitters store in Santa Monica, California. Heading into fall, retailers are being cautious about having too much inventory.
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What can clothing retailers do with all that excess inventory?

Aug 24, 2020
With clothing sales way down, there are not a lot of good options.
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As clothing sales drop, zipper and button makers struggle

Aug 12, 2020
The pandemic has downstream effects all throughout the supply chain.
Employees at a textile and weaver factory in Eloyes, France, in June. The clothing industry has a global supply chain for fabrics, buttons and zippers.
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Thanksgiving won't launch Black Friday shopping at some of the biggest retailers

Jul 29, 2020
Walmart, Target and Best Buy won't open on the holiday this year to jump-start the traditional extreme-shopping weekend.
A Macy's Black Friday sale in 2018 in New York. Store traffic on Thanksgiving is just a small part of Black Friday weekend.
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As COVID-19 cases spike, retail enters a new normal

Jul 9, 2020
Retailers are coming to terms with the fact that this virus is going to be with us for a long time.
Shoppers at a reopened Texas mall in May. The current surge in coronavirus cases is bringing new woes to retailers.
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Distressed retailers play "hot potato" with landlords and suppliers

May 28, 2020
Everyone is trying to pass the economic pan to someone else.
A "closed" sign on the Victoria's Secret shop in Herald Square.
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