FASHION RIDES OUT DOW SLIP

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 78.22 Wednesday to 8971.70, but fashion stocks emerged largely unscathed.
On the retail side, there were even two notable gainers, with Gap up 2 1/16 to 62 1/2 and Wal-Mart up 1 3/16 to 59 1/4. Also on the plus side were Dayton Hudson, up 1 to 52 1/8, and Federated, ahead 11/16 to 52 13/16.
Decliners included J.C. Penney, off 3/4 to 76 5/16, and Dress Barn, off 3/4 to 27 9/16.
In the manufacturing group, declines and gains were more modest. Polo Ralph Lauren slipped 3/4 to 28 1/2, while Tommy Hilfiger added 1/4 to 60 9/16.

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