Retail Stocks: Sizing Up 2009 (Seeking Alpha)
Seeking Alpha lists the reasons why 2009 will be an ugly year for many brands.
Retail's winners and losers (Just-Style)
Wal-Mart was a retail winner in 2008, but Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch were amongst the big losers.
Wal-Mart CEO Sees New Consumer Mind-set (WWD)
"The economy will turn around some day — but don't expect conspicuous consumption to make a comeback."