Shopper Sightings Reported

Jim Anathan, president of Filene's Basement Inc., sums up the mix of gloom and hope that most retailers feel these days. "When I pick up the papers and read about retailing now, I want to slit my wrists," says Anathan, whose 37-store, $460 million chain is concentrated in the recession-weary Northeast. "But I do think there'll be a pickup in the second quarter, and that fall is going to be decent."

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