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Teen-Apparel Chains Poised for Pain as Malls Lose Luster

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The decline of the American mall is threatening to create more retail victims in 2015 as stores that count on enclosed shopping centers for foot traffic find they’re increasingly isolated from consumers.

Teen-clothing chains have been hit especially hard by the drop in mall visitors, with younger shoppers looking instead to the Web for fashion inspiration. And while an improving job market and lower gas prices have helped boost U.S. consumer spending, the rebound isn’t yet refilling mall parking lots.