NEW YORK — In the weather-dependent outerwear sector, companies have learned to exercise flexibility.

Given the tentative nature of spring retailing for the category — a season that typically generates 10 to 20 percent of annual sales — vendors are using a variety of methods to become more limber. Among the key strategies to extend the fourth-quarter momentum into the first half of next year are beefed-up advertising, rounding out portfolios with new licenses, developing more easy-care and seasonless items and creating nonouterwear line extensions.

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