Talbots' Strong 2Q Due in Large Part to Holding Prices Steady
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Talbots said it returned to profitability in the second quarter, but sales fell because the company kept the line on prices to a large degree. While the recession has made it common to deeply discount, "We did not react to what became a very aggressive promotional environment," Chief Executive Trudy Sullivan said. Instead, Talbots went after margin growth — or getting the most return on the dollars it did take in — and continued to balance cost cutting with rebuilding efforts.