4 October, 2008. A customer checks items on sale in the Bloomingdale's department store on 59th street and Lexington ave. As the financial crisis spread last month, many retailers hit the panic button, offering more generous discounts than they did at the same time last year. But the promotions did little to convince cautious shoppers to open their wallets.
©2008 Gianni Cipriano for The Wall Street Journal
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