Sales % Change from 2009 to 2010: -0.40%
Retailers took a hit during the recession as belts tightened and wallets slammed shut. This includes retailers selling modestly priced necessities like school and office supplies.
“Office supplies, stationery and gift stores saw their average annual sales decline slightly during 2009 and 2010,” Bierman said. “Businesses and consumers alike might have tried to save by reducing purchases at these stores.”