Women's Wear Daily

04 June 2012

Women’s apparel sales have been lagging since before the recession, and while sales of accessories like shoes and handbags have charged back, apparel sales remain lackluster, according to a Women’s Wear Daily article. Kurt Salmon retail strategist Arnold Aronson said this lack of consumer interest is caused in part by cost-cutting, which can result in less-exciting products. “The preoccupation by many manufacturers and designers to cost-engineer to make up for big price increases in raw materials and labor has resulted in a reduction in innovation and creative product development,” he said in the article.

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