Retailers, consumers and prices
By Nivedita Bhattacharjee
Once upon a time, back-to-school shopping lists included splurges like cool new mobile phones, the latest laptop computers and even PlayStation video game consoles. Not anymore.
September’s sales results were somewhat better than expected but showed that frugal is still in fashion in U.S. school yards. Not only were back-to-school purchases made a bit later, many were necessities plucked from discount racks.
So what IS selling? Woven shirts, fleece and knit pants drove sales at Abercrombie & Fitch. Zumiez saw good demand for its bundled promotions, while denims and sweaters drove sales at American Eagle Outfitters.
Abercrombie and Wet Seal both saw sales weaken after opening school bells rang – suggesting that this month’s numbers could be a one-off show of strength.