By  on July 11, 2007

A space squeeze on designer fashion has intensified competition for consumer purchases of those goods, said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at The NPD Group.

"The designer market is as big as ever in terms of number of designers, but they are in fewer stores and less space," Cohen said. The merger of Federated and the May Department Stores Co. — now known as Macy's Inc. — alone slashed the availability of designer fashion items by about one-third, he estimated.

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