February 28, 2011 08:04 ET

Equity Research on Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. -- Apparel Stores Mixed Results

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The Apparel Stores sector has been experiencing a period of recovery lately as consumer spending continues to strengthen. January was a strong month for retailers. Year over year comparable store sales increased 4.4%, 2% more than initially forecast. Teen apparel retailers fell 0.7%. There has been a growing trend in the sector of increased internet and catalog sales. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future. is the Ultimate Trading Environment for investors. If you are considering owning Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. then you should sign up for a free membership and our complimentary reports today at Over the last 5 years our returns outpaced any of the major indexes. Shine's performance in 2005 was +14%, 2006 + 26%, 2007 +99%, 2008 + 355% and 2009 + 46%. Sign up today to find out what you are missing. 

While same store sales were down 4% during January, Abercrombie and Fitch Co. saw its catalog and internet sales grow 20%. Higher-end brands like Abercrombie and its competitor American Eagle Outfitters Inc. have been hurt by customers shifting to lesser brands in search of lower price points. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. reports are accessible for free by registering today at or

Another trend in the sector has been the growth of international business. As consumers in emerging markets like China gain increased access to disposable income they have begun to represent a significant target for many companies in this space. Another good factor about new markets is the ability to implement price hikes without incurring the disfavor of customers who are not yet accustomed to specific price points. The sector is currently working to protect its margins by passing off higher cotton prices to consumers in all of its markets without driving them to cheaper competitors. 

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