By  on February 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES — It’s about the new. Retailers heading to the trade shows in Las Vegas next week don’t foresee men’s wear sales backtracking this year and are casting their nets ever wider to ferret out new resources to take advantage of the male consumer’s interest in polished looks, as well as increased demand for activewear and accessories.

Last year, U.S. women’s apparel sales stalled, eking out a barely detectable 0.4 percent gain to almost $111.6 billion, according to The NPD Group Inc., while U.S. men’s apparel, still a much smaller slice of the overall market, picked up steam with a 5.3 percent jump to reach nearly $59.5 billion in sales.

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