Cut-Rate Fever

Bargain buys at factory outlets

Two months ago, Nancy Galvach, a restaurant owner from East Oakmont, Pa., visited the factory-outlet center 210 miles away in Reading and spent $573 on discounted clothing. Back home, she checked prices for the same goods in local stores and found that they would have cost her a total of $1,290. Today Galvach is planning shopping tours to help other people in her area share in the bargains.

Galvach is one of the growing number of shoppers across the U.S. who have discovered the surprising fact that buying at factory-outlet...

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