No. 6 Nordstrom

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No. 6 Nordstrom

Seeking a hard-to-find size in the latest fashion trend? Last year the department store integrated its inventory system, giving online shoppers access to goods in any Nordstrom (JWN) store rather than just in its online warehouses. Like other retailers, Nordstrom struggled as shoppers pulled back, but recent additions, such as in-store pickups for online orders, were a big hit this holiday, helping December sales grow 7.4% from 2008.