Debra Goldman's Consumer Republic

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Forget the falling consumer-confidence index. If you want to discern the mood of the consumer, monitor the denim index.

Uh-oh Sergio. This season designers and merchandisers have decided that if women are going to spend their tax rebate on one article of clothing, it’s going to be denim. The fabric is being pitched both to teenyboppers and to matrons (but please, ladies, lay off the low-rise jeans).

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