By  on March 19, 2009

Independent specialty shops are facing an uncertain future.

While discounters appear to be weathering the recession better than other retailers, and most department stores can typically offer shoppers deep discounts, boutique owners are caught in the middle. They’re reluctant to carry the same department store lines, and they can’t compete on price and volume of the discounters. They’re further confounded by competition from fast-fashion chains like H&M.

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