EXPANDING THE PIPELINE: With Internet sales among the only bright spots in retailing, Gap Inc. is building up the offering on its Piperlime Web site. Piperlime currently sells shoes and handbags, but for next fall has decided to add apparel to the mix. Gap Inc. won’t disclose details of the apparel or what labels will be offered until Thursday, when Piperlime holds an editor’s preview in New York. Currently, Piperlime sells labels including Lily Pulitzer, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Nine West in handbags, and Adidas, New Balance and Patagonia in shoes. Piperlime also sells the Gap-owned Athleta brand for swimwear, yogawear and beach and sport dresses.
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