Equity Research on Aeropostale Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. - Apparel Stores Still Struggling

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The U.S. retail environment seems to be improving and consumer confidence is rising as wages increase and unemployment falls. Although the holiday season was plagued by intense promotional activity, sales were relatively high. According to the National Retail Federation January was also strong, with sales increasing 4 percent year-over-year, driven by warm weather and gift card redemptions. Unfortunately, rising input costs are adding pressure to margins, already stressed by promotions and high levels of competition. Get your free reports on Aeropostale Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. at http://www.shinesrooms.com/index.php?_controller=RegisterMember&_method=index. There is no commitment to join.

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Despite a 16 percent increase in fourth quarter net sales, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reported adjusted earnings of $1.12 per share, down 18.8 percent year-over-year. The company seems to be increasing their focus on more profitable international markets as of late. 2011 saw Abercrombie close 71 U.S. stores and open 47 new international ones. The opening of 5 stores in international flagship locations is scheduled for 2012. Aeropostale Inc. report is accessible for free by registering today at http://www.shinesrooms.com/AeropostaleInc130312.pdf.

Conversely, Aeropostale Inc. has also recently reported a challenging fourth quarter, with net income falling 68.9 percent year-over-year to $26.1 million as revenue dropped 3.7 percent and gross margins contracted 11.3 percentage points to 24.3 percent. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. report is accessible for free by registering today at http://www.shinesrooms.com/AbercrombieandFitchCo130312.pdf.

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