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Red herrings and scapegoats

Apportioning blame is the latest red herring offered by failing retailers of late. If it’s not the fault of online sales it’s because of the weather or the economic climate or a multitude of other pretexts. The irony of the excuse about the influx of international traders conflicts with the very reasons they appeared on our shores. The fact is for every underperforming brand, there are others excelling within the same niche. The telltale signs of an ailing retailer are the regular replacemen