NEW YORK —Retailing,by its very nature,is aDarwinian proposition,and the hunt is always on fornew retail concepts.

The Gap has said it is reducing expansion and ismaking o commitments for 2003.Retail analysts actual-ly expect the company to close stores.Eddie Bauer,Wilsons Leather and BCBG are pruning locations,and J.Crew ’s expansion is on hold.In addition,the first waveof so-called entertainment retailers has hit the skids.The Disney store is scaling back its chain from a high ofmore than 500 stores in the U.S.to about 350 by 2005.Warner Bros.Studio Store was phased out last year,andthe Discovery Zone was forced into bankruptcy.

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