Six Retailers That Are Thriving

Some are big enough, some are benefiting from their rivals' demise, and some offer must-have items.

Suppose a nosy journalist snooped through your closet today. Naturally, she'd find the latest spring fashions -- pulled straight from the racks at Barneys and Neiman Marcus -- displayed on your hangers, right?

If you're anything like most of us, probably not. Retail sales during the Christmas shopping season slipped 3% from the same period in 2007, and the National Retail Federation projects a 0.5% decline in sales for all of 2009. Linens 'n Things, Circuit City, KB Toys and Sharper Image are just a few of the household names that have already succumbed to the hostile climate. Stalwarts such as Home Depot and Macy's are laying off thousands of employees.

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Elizabeth Leary
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Elizabeth Leary (née Ody) first joined Kiplinger in 2006 as a reporter, and has held various positions on staff and as a contributor in the years since. Her writing has also appeared in Barron's, BloombergBusinessweek, The Washington Post and other outlets.