WORLDWIDE WORRIES

China, fuel and the economy each had a drastic impact on import-dependent seasonal products categories in 2007. The same difficult trifecta is expected to affect sales again this year. As a result, many retailers plan to carry only proven sellers, like back-to-school gear and traditional holiday trinkets. Some are considering buying their inexpensive impulse items from suppliers in countries like

China, fuel and the economy — each had a drastic impact on import-dependent seasonal products categories in 2007. The same difficult trifecta is expected to affect sales again this year.

As a result, many retailers plan to carry only proven sellers, like back-to-school gear and traditional holiday trinkets. Some are considering buying their inexpensive impulse items from suppliers in countries like Vietnam, India and South Korea.

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