What history can teach us about retailing in a downturn

It’s tough out there for many retailers – you don’t need me to tell you that. There’s enough written about inflationary pressures, consumer uncertainty, and increasing competition that if you’re not feeling the pinch, you should feel privileged. Retail trade figures are still steady if not slightly growing at the overall level. Yet it’s hard to separate these figures from inflation, the growth of ultra discounters like Temu and Shein, and the fact that a lot of sales now are coming a

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