SOURCE: Equity Leader Inc.

February 20, 2012 09:00 ET

Conditions of Growth, Economic Analysis -- Research Report on Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Feb 20, 2012) - Today, introduced research coverage of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO). Full research reports are available to readers at:

Economic fundamentals leading into 2012 have set a generally positive pace with GDP growth likely to pick up through the coming year. However, there are several important caveats to note as the world economy continues to face headwinds and risks weigh to the downside. Positive outlooks are conditional on fiscal policy in payroll taxes and unemployment insurance benefits and upon the easing of the European debt situation. A repeat of volatility experience in 2011 is likely in 2012, as perceptions about the strength of the U.S. economy and the euro zone will vary over time as events unfold.

Despite the current situation, our team continues to identify high momentum situations with growth potential -- there remains strong opportunity within careful discretion.

Equity Leader has decided to cover Abercrombie & Fitch Co. for its current position within the services industry. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (A&F), through its subsidiaries, a specialty retailer that operates stores and direct-to-consumer operations selling casual sportswear apparel, including knit and woven shirts, graphic t-shirts, fleece, jeans and woven pants, shorts, sweaters, outerwear, personal care products, and accessories for men, women and kids under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, and Hollister brands. A copy of this report detailing Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) is available at:

Equity Leader is also taking note of American Eagle Outfitters for its changing role within the services industry. American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is an apparel and accessories retailer that operates more than 1,000 retail stores in the United States and Canada, and online at Through its family of brands, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., offers clothing, accessories and personal care products. Its online business, AEO Direct, ships to 76 countries worldwide. To download free research on American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) investors may visit:

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