Business Intelligence

2009 Industry Outlook: Retail

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Executive Summary

For the past 25 years, the U.S. retail sector has benefited from a very favorable business environment, with a strong dollar, cheap energy and limited trade restrictions stimulating sector growth. Entering 2009, however, things are looking quite different. Retailers are facing a perfect storm of volatile energy prices, unfavorable demographics and a weakening dollar - all of which are being exacerbated by a spreading global recession. The marketplace changes occurring today could dramatically transform the retail industry of tomorrow, particularly in terms of its business model. Learn more about the key issues of 2009.

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