September 18, 2008 13:14 ET Announces the Launch of Its Retailer Future Outlook Analysis

GREAT NECK, NY--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - In light of current negative macroeconomic trends, particularly the tightening credit markets, it has become crucial that credit executives obtain insight into the competitive position and future outlook of certain retailers. To that end, has launched its Future Outlook Analysis, a comprehensive product that provides clarity into the 12-month liquidity outlook of high-interest companies across the retail landscape. This in-depth analysis also examines a company's asset base and debt obligations to determine if the company has the ability to collateralize or sell assets to raise capital if needed, or if it has upcoming debt maturities that may be problematic.

Commenting on the Future Outlook Analysis, Lawrence Sarf, CEO of, stated, "In the 40 plus years that I have been in and around the retail market place, I have never witnessed the pace and extent of operational deterioration that certain retailers have faced during last twelve months. As a result, we must improve the way we monitor our exposures within the retail segment. It is now imperative to understand the 'future' risks well in advance so that you can adjust your exposure accordingly. Our three-scenario liquidity model has undergone extensive testing and has been found to be an extremely valuable method for analyzing a retailer's future financial profile." has also recently launched its Credit Facility Database, another valuable tool in uncovering potential credit concerns in the retail segment. In addition to providing specific details of each retailer's credit facility, the database is designed with two key features to help identify companies that may be in the market for new financing: (i) An interactive listing of retailers sorted by the percentage available remaining under their credit facilities, and (ii) An expiring credit facilities listing, indicating which retailers will need to refinance in the coming months.

Please email for more information or to request copies of our Future Outlook Analysis reports, listed below.

--  Dollar General Corp.
--  Sport Chalet, Inc.
--  hhgregg, Inc.
--  Kohl's Corp.
--  Toys "R" Us, Inc.
--  The Finish Line, Inc.
--  Sears Holdings Corp.
--  Gander Mountain Company
--  Best Buy Co., Inc.
--  Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp.
--  Circuit City Stores, Inc.
--  Dillard's, Inc.
--  Gottschalks, Inc.
--  Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
--  RadioShack Corp.
--  Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc.
--  Cabela's Inc.

About, a division of Information Clearinghouse, Inc., is a comprehensive commercial credit consulting firm specializing in the analysis of public and private retail companies including but not limited to: Blockbuster, Toys "R" Us, ShopKo, Boscov's, Gander Mountain, Linens 'N Things, The Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack, OfficeMax, Sears Holdings, Best Buy, Circuit City, Bon-Ton, The Sports Authority and Dicks Sporting Goods. The focus of's analysis is to deliver the key intelligence today's busy credit executive needs to make highly informed decisions without sifting through pages of non-essential data. Our management team has over 150 years of combined hands-on practical credit management experience, and our industry expert analyst team is second to none.

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