SOURCE: World Street Fundamentals

July 20, 2011 09:00 ET

Equity Research on Hot Topic, Inc. and Urban Outfitters, Inc. - Sizing Up the Opposition

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Jul 20, 2011) - Today, released its industry report highlighting Hot Topic, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTT) and Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN). Full fundamental and technical analysis is available at

Apparel sales at specialty retailers increased 6% in 2010, versus the 1.9% industry wide gain, according to NPD Fashion world consumer estimated data, and first-quarter 2011 sales at specialty apparel retailers rose 3.3% versus a 1.6% industry decline. Initial markups have expanded modestly as retailers' ability to source goods at lower prices has improved. Information technology has enabled retailers to apply science to markdowns, resulting in improved merchandise margins. It is believed that companies with strong brands, differentiated products, superior customer service and attractive price-value propositions are likely to outperform their peers.

World Street Fundamentals has highlighted Hot Topic, Inc. as a mall and Web-based specialty retailer operating the Hot Topic and Torrid concepts, as well as the e-space music concept, ShockHound. It sells a selection of music/pop culture-licensed and music/pop culture-influenced apparel, accessories, music and gift items for young men and women principally between the ages of 12 and 22. At Torrid, the Company sells apparel, lingerie, shoes and accessories for plus-size females principally between the ages of 15 and 29. The entire report on Hot Topic, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTT) is available here:

World Street has emphasized Urban Outfitters, Inc. as a lifestyle specialty retail company that operates under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain brands. The Company also operates a wholesale segment under the Free People and Leifsdottir brands. Its retail stores offer differentiated collections of fashion apparel, accessories and home goods. In addition to its retail stores, the Company offers its products and markets its brands directly to the consumer through its e-commerce Websites,,,, and, and also through its Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People catalogs. The entire report on Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) is available here:

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