Financial results for the first half of 2013 may be a little better than they were in the second half of 2012, industry analysts told SN. “The thinking seems to be that things are not as bad as they were, though I doubt we will see any great increases in volumes,” Meredith Adler, managing director for Barclays Capital Markets, New York, said. “January and February were tough for most retailers in general because consumers were dealing with higher payroll taxes, late ...

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