By  on August 20, 2010

The on-again, off-again economic rebound has created a limbo of sorts for retailers, where those consumers who have held onto their jobs are still interested in low prices but are also looking for a bit more.

The immediate beneficiaries now appear to include the large, well-funded giants that are stocking up on targeted and exclusive offerings, such as Macy’s Inc. and its just-launched Material Girl collection. Macy’s second-quarter comparable-store sales rose 4.9 percent, and Kohl’s Corp. managed a 4.6 percent increase. Both companies talked about gaining market share last week.

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