DEPARTMENT STORES Macy's Loses Its Shirt

DEPARTMENT STORES Macy's Loses Its Shirt

"We consider our results to be unsatisfactory," conceded the management of R.H. Macy in a letter to investors last week. This was less a case of candid confession than of acknowledging the obvious. Accompanying the letter was the Manhattan-based retailer's report on the most recent quarter, showing its largest three-month loss in three years: $100 million, far more severe than the usual post-Christmas doldrums.

Macy's attributes the calamity at its cash registers to the "sluggish economy in the Northeast," where most of its stores are situated, as well as "unsettled conditions in the Middle East." Supporting this assessment: the latest consumer...

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