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Jan 02, 2006 Issue #15

Cover Story

2005 Vendor Report Card: Hurt But Still Standing

New York — They've been hammered by constant price deflation straining every aspect of their operations. They've been hobbled by retail customers increasingly turning their backs on U.S. home fashions suppliers in pursuit of ever-lower off-shore pricing. And if that's not enough, they've been bled dry by crushing debt loads pushing some over the edge into bankruptcy.