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August 23, 2010 09:18 ET

Analyst Research on Guess? Inc. and Foot Locker Inc. -- Juggling With a Number of Challenges in a Crucial Time Frame

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) -  www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the apparel stores industry and has completed analytical research on Guess? Inc. (NYSE: GES) and Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access to these researches. 

Back to school season has arrived. With August being the third busiest retail month of the year, it is viewed as a good test for retailers and consumers in the run up to the holiday season. Promisingly, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimated that consumers would spend an average of around $660 this year compared to $548 last year. While retail figures have generally been on the rise this year, it is not all smooth sailing.

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Retailers spent the first half of the year encouraging buyers to return to full price items and to overcome their recession induced discount addiction. However, the recent wobbles in the economy have undone any strides made in this area as malls become more fiercely competitive than ever. A recent survey by the NRF reveals that this year more families state that their back to school shopping will be driven by coupons, sales and promotions. Register now at https://stockcall.com/development/stockcall/page.php?name=register.html to have free access to our reports on the apparel stores industry.

This is bad news for the industry which is looking to raise prices. Increasing cotton prices, wages and freight costs are eating into margins while prices remain competitive. Some stores estimate the need to raise prices by up to 6% but fears of loosing sales are making them cautious. Increases will likely be small and only apply to selected high ticket items. Visit www.stockcall.com/ to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Whilst Guess? Inc. earnings release is still pending with scheduled release date for August 25th, Foot Locker Inc. announced its results last week with profits of $6 million and revenue down 1%. Investors looking for free research on Guess? Inc. and Foot Locker Inc. are welcome to sign up at www.stockcall.com/GES230810.pdf and www.stockcall.com/FL230810.pdf for our new report. 

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