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August 23, 2010 09:21 ET

Opinions on Talbots and Limited Brands - Back To School; Will Retailers Deliver?

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) - offers investors comprehensive research on the apparel stores industry and has completed analytical research on The Talbots Inc. (NYSE: TLB) and Limited Brands Inc. (NYSE: LTD). Register with us today at 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. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the apparel stores industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on The Talbots Inc. and Limited Brands Inc.; all investors need to do is register for a complimentary membership at

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 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 to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

On the earnings table, Limited Brands Inc. posted its financial results last week with profits soaring to $178.7 million from $74.3 million in the same quarter in 2009. Revenue for the company was also up 8.5% to $2.24 billion. Back in June, clothing maker The Talbots Inc. reported a narrower loss of $4.4 million as revenue rose to $320.7 million as compared to last year. Investors looking for free research on The Talbots Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. are welcome to sign up at or

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