NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Yelp's recent debut has injected a little excitement into the IPO market, which began the year at a sluggish place. In the wake of strong fourth-quarter earnings, it may be a good time for privately held retailers to consider going public, according to Ted Vaughan, a partner in the retail and consumer products practice of BDO USA. Many retailers rang up strong sales during the holiday season, putting them in a position to leverage this success in an initial public offering, Vaughan said. He expects this is even truer for high-end luxury retailers, which have bounced back more quickly from recession than other retail sectors. He also expects the luxury retail segment to continue to grow this year.
By Christina Cheddar Berk, News Editor
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