A shoe-buys frenzy that has led to a stunning $1.2 trillion in losses for retailers has prompted a new wave of consolidation that has sent a jolt of uncertainty through the financial system.
The fallout from the rout is already being felt, with many analysts expecting another round of consolidation, especially for retail, with the possibility of a potential downgrade to AA.
Wall Street has been looking for signs of a turnaround after the sharp fall in retail sales, and analysts have been expecting more of the same.
As the economy slows, many economists are worried about the impact of the recession on consumers’ spending power, especially on the luxury goods market.
But the economy is so weak that consumers have been willing to accept the risk of more losses in the luxury segment.
In the past year, the luxury industry has undergone a drastic consolidation and the losses are likely to continue, said Daniel Satterfield, a research analyst at RBC Capital Markets.
While the U.S. has not experienced a downturn in retail spending, consumer spending has slowed considerably in many major markets, particularly the U, China, and Europe.
The consumer confidence index for the U of C fell to 56.6 last week from 65.5 in June.
“Consumers are not willing to pay a premium to go into the luxury space, and they’re not willing,” said Satterland.
Consumers have been buying less luxury goods.
In May, consumers spent just under $1 billion on shoes, according to the research firm NPD Group.
In the past six months, however, sales have fallen by over $1 million.
That has prompted retailers to tighten margins, cut back on promotions and cut prices, as well as raise prices for shoes in some cases.
Satterfield expects a big drop in sales from brands such as Nike, J. Crew and Adidas, but also noted that the industry is still seeing a boom in new retailers like Urban Outfitters, which has become a major buyer of designer brands.
It’s not just the big retailers that are suffering.
In addition to retailers, there are several other categories of businesses that are experiencing a slowdown.
Many retail outlets have begun to close, or have stopped taking orders altogether, while some big brands have been laying off workers.
Many stores have begun cutting back on other services.
At the same time, the housing market is beginning to turn around.
Many people have returned to the job market after the financial crisis, and many companies are finding that people are returning to the workplace in large numbers, according a report by research firm MoffettNathanson.
However, the overall economy is still struggling, and the U-3 index is down 0.1 percent in June, according the Commerce Department.
The biggest factor that has slowed the recovery is the downturn in consumer spending.
The average American household has spent less than $1,000 a month on clothing and other purchases over the past four months, according research firm IDC.
This has pushed up prices and prompted some shoppers to look elsewhere for their spending.
Last week, Target announced that it would stop selling shoes in April, a move that has been widely condemned by critics and consumers.
Consumer confidence, the only gauge that measures consumers’ overall economic outlook, was down to 56% in June from 65% in May, according Satterdale.
Ahead of the downturn, many retailers were slashing prices and expanding promotions, as many consumers were looking for bargains.
But those promotions are being reversed as the economy struggles.
With so many retailers facing so many challenges, consumers have begun taking a hard look at their spending habits, said Saterfield.
Many analysts are predicting that consumers will spend even more over the next several months, as prices start to rise and companies have to respond to the demand.
For many consumers, they are not worried about getting a better deal, said Jeffery Shor, chief economist at UBS Securities.
But for some, that is more important than getting a bargain.
One way that the economy can start to recover is by shedding the excesses of the past few years.
This includes the financial sector, where many of the problems from the recession have taken hold, Shor said.
Other retailers have been focusing on cutting costs.
At a company-wide event this month, Macy’s CEO Joe Tsai warned that the company was working to cut prices in an effort to reduce costs.
Macy’s has already slashed prices for many of its department stores and on-line store in recent months.
In August, the company cut prices on its flagship stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Manhattan, as it cut prices for a number of other department stores, including its flagship flagship store in Brooklyn.
Also in August, Macy, which is one of the biggest online retailers in the U’th century, announced that its online store, which sells items like clothes, shoes and accessories,