THE BEST STORES: PENNEY’S RATED NO. 1 IN NATIONWIDE SURVEY

NEW YORK — Consumers have spoken: J.C. Penney is the winner.
In WWD’s second national Best Stores survey, consumers rated their favorite places to shop and Penney’s beat all comers again, scoring especially high among working women and traditional households.
While arch rival Sears may be looking to steal more of Penney’s market share, Penney’s appears to be in a fighting mood, with a new prototype, improved comp-store figures — and, apparently, lots of customer loyalty.
For a look at the top 10 winners, what attributes shoppers value most and the picks of the industry insiders, see Section II.

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