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The retail apocalypse is fueled by no-name clothes

Customers shop at the J.C. Penny Co. store inside the Glendale Galleria shopping center in Glendale, California, U.S., on Friday, August 16, 2013. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A private-label push has upended the $275 billion U.S. apparel sector. Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target and other big retailers are beefing up their private-label clothing lines to grab shoppers whose loyalty to established brands such as Gap and Nike has waned.

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