Clothes and the Economy

Ryan Cody

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - It might not mean we are out of the woods yet, but the turnaround of one industry could be a sign of the economy turning around. We all know most girls love to shop.

And experts say the recession did not do very much to change that. But for men, it was one of the first things to go.

Business has been slow in the men's department at Raffkinds over the last few years.

"We find when money gets tight Dad is the first one to try and go without or to try and tighten his spending a little bit," says Chad Westenburg who sells clothes at Raffkinds.

"The man is the first one that says I can do without. And clothing is the first thing he can do without," another men's clothing retailer Richard Brooks says.

And so the recession has kept many of the suits on the shelves. But recently men's sales have been on their way back up. And some experts believe that's a sign the economy is moving forward as well.

"That certainly is reflected in the number of new clients I have this year in the last few months and in the repeat business I see from existing clients," Brooks says.

So when looking at the economy as a whole, you almost don't need to look any farther than the men's retail department.

Sales for men's clothes always spike a little bit in June for a few reasons. One being Father's Day and the other being wardrobe changes for the summer.

But some local stores say business this June was the best in years.