it might be hard to discern amid the slew of

retailers shuttering their doors

, but there are, indeed,

pockets of growth in the retail industry

.

Discounters and off-pricers are seeing the most new store growth in 2009, with

Dollar General

rolling out a whopping 450 locations,

Dollar Tree

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adding 235 stores,

Family Dollar Stores

(FDO)

rolling out 200 stores,

TJX

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expanding by about 85 stores and

Target

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opening about 75 locations.

More than any other sector, retail has been able to capture customers who are trading down on necessities and basic household items.

The video-game sector was one of the last to feel the pangs of the recession. And while

sales of video games were down 31% to $1.17 billion in June

,

GameStop

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is still opening 400 stores during the year.

As the housing market release some positive data -- increases in

pending home sales

,

construction spending

, and

new home sales

--

Lowe's

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plans to add between 75 and 85 stores in 2009.

The department-store sector has been one of the hardest hit by the recession. And while there is little growth in the high- and mid-end markets, lower priced companies like

Kohl's

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and

J.C. Penney

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are still looking to expand. Kohl's is using its recent acquisition of some Mervyn's stores to roll out 55 new stores, while J.C. Penney will add 17 new locations, including its Manhattan Mall store that opened in July.

Best Buy

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, which has received some criticism for not picking up enough market share after the demise of Circuit City, is looking to

grow in local communities

under the guidance of new CEO Brian Dunn. Dunn plans to do this, in part, by ramping up its Best Buy Mobile business with the addition of 40 of these stand-alone cell phone stores.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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