Stubborn economic and product-safety issues that hurt sell-through of nonfood seasonal imports in 2008 continue to temper retailer expectations for 2009. As buyers head to Asia this month to order holiday seasonal items for the rest of this year, it's a safe bet that store shelves in December will reflect today's cautionary attitudes. Buyer activity will center on basics they know from factories they trust, with little risk taken in the expansion of assortments, sources told SN. “Focus on ...

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