By  on August 4, 2008

Teen retailers appear poised to report fairly strong second-quarter results this month, but the outlook for the back-to-school season and the third quarter remains far more complicated.

While parents are expected to demonstrate their historic tendency to put off purchases for themselves in favor of their kids during times of economic stress, the b-t-s season ahead, plagued by record-setting prices for gas and commodities and high levels of home foreclosures, may provide the greatest test in years of teen fashion resiliency.

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