back-up in retail inventories


back-up in retail inventories
   holding excess stock
   Literally, an accumulation due to a jam:
    Chairman and chief executive Paul Fireman said the softer demand for athletic apparel and footwear had resulted in a 'back-up in retail inventories'. (Daily Telegraph, 12 December 1997 — the sub-editor was not deceived: his headline was 'Sales of Reeboks have run out of puff)

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