ATLANTA — Color, novelty and prints boosted spirits at the AmericasMart, where the mood of buyers was sober, as retail business suffers from the prevailing uncertainty over war, job losses and the ailing economy.

Retailers were hesitant, based on sluggish or erratic holiday and early spring sales. Having already adjusted inventory and cut costs last year, many slashed budgets further, taking wait-and-see attitudes rather than making big commitments.

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