NEW YORK — Where are people buying most of their apparel? That depends on whom one asks.

In WSL’s "How America Shops 2002" survey, department stores led the way, with 46 percent of consumers polled saying that’s where they shop for clothes most often. That preference fell from 53 percent, a year ago. Mass merchants ranked second, cited by 18 percent in the WSL survey and followed closely by specialty stores, which surged to the most frequent apparel shopping spot for 17 percent, up from just 3 percent in 2000.

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