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Alfred Angelo filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after closing dozens of its stores, leaving brides and bridesmaids struggling to get dresses they've paid for. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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A prototype Moby Mart is being tested in Shanghai. Per Cromwell, the project's lead designer, says four to six additional mobile supermarkets are planned in the coming year. Moby Mart hide caption

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Retraining generally isn't a top priority in the retail sector, analysts say. But Wal-Mart trains about a quarter-million of its employees a year in more advanced skills. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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As Store Layoffs Mount, Retail Lags Other Sectors In Retraining Workers

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Carla and Jeremy Lang push their twin 18-month-old sons in a stroller while looking at ovens and stoves at a Sears northwest of Chicago. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Its Survival In Doubt, Sears Struggles To Transform Once Again

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Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open. Company shares tumbled more than 12 percent Wednesday. Above, the department store's location in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood today. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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An employee drags a palette of recently returned goods through the Optoro warehouse so they can be processed. Dianna Douglas/NPR hide caption

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Maryland Startup Redirects River Of Rejected Gifts

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Shoppers walk out of Uniqlo on Fifth Avenue in New York City on Black Friday, Nov. 27. Yana Paskova/Getty Images hide caption

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Brick-And-Mortar Stores Go Further To Get You In The Door

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Goodwill is experimenting with boutique-style stores, like this one in southern California, to entice younger shoppers to the brand. Gloria Hillard for NPR hide caption

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A Thrift Shop Looking For A Comeup: Goodwill Goes High-End

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Plus-size women have struggled in the past to find fashionable clothing options. But, with celebrities bringing plus size to the forefront, the fashion industry might wake up. Mary McLain/NPR hide caption

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As Plus-Size Fashion Gains Popularity, Retailers Play Catch-Up

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Gap is among 13 big retailers that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating for possible violations of "reporting time" laws. Gap says it is establishing "sustainable scheduling practices." Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Investigates Retailers For Unpredictable Work Schedules

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Neiman Marcus is testing a digital "Memory Mirror" that lets shoppers see how an outfit looks in back as well as displaying items they've tried on side by side. Courtesy of Neiman Marcus hide caption

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Magic Mirror, At The Store, Should This Top Go In My Drawer?

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Jessey Drewsen, 25, lives near the H Street Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C. She says she doesn't like the store, but that she goes there for cheap supplies like pens. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

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The H Street Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C. Ten years ago, none of the city's 600,000 residents lived within 1 mile of a Wal-Mart. Today, almost 13 percent do. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

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