By  on November 7, 2007

Higher gas prices, sagging consumer confidence and the prospects of higher energy costs this winter is making conditions at retail difficult for retailers and vendors alike. Talbots, Coach, Dress Barn and others all warned of the expected negative impact of macroeconomic forces on business.

As a result, some companies are repositioning themselves to weather the storm. Late last month, management at Jones Apparel Group Inc. said the company is not for sale and reiterated that the firm’s core brands will be key to its success.

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