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Local businesses have already been affected by Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch's problems. "Michelle Doe, manager of The Shirt Store, 51 E. 44th St., which makes custom-tailored shirts, said business is slow. And Mark Lingley, owner of Mark Christopher on West 26th Street in the Flatiron District, which specializes in custom-made shirts, suits and ties, said he’s been losing customers too, including the former chief executive of Merrill Lynch...Some businesses, however, reported surprisingly strong sales. Wardrobe consultant Alfredo Fernandez at the Men’s Wearhouse flagship store on 380 Madison Ave. at 46th St. said he served a former Lehman employee this morning. 'He was getting fitted for an interview suit,' Mr. Fernandez said." [Crain's]