By and  on June 20, 2012

As retailers and vendors head out to buy and sell their wares at trade shows and regional markets across the country in the coming weeks and months, they do so with some positive and negative indicators.

The good news for the fashion industry is that the prices of raw materials, from cotton to gasoline, have dropped or stabilized and is expected to stay that way through the second half of the year. The bad news is that economists generally forecast the pace of economic growth will continue to moderate, which was underscored by signs of weaker growth in some leading indicators in May.

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