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December 14, 2010 08:19 ET

Equity Research on Nordstrom Inc. and Urban Outfitters Inc. - Customers Returning to Luxury Apparel This Holiday Season

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) -  www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the apparel stores industry and has completed analytical research on Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) and Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access to these researches. 

Apparel companies have been seeing mixed results so far this year but are hoping for a positive holiday season. Unemployment has stabilized somewhat and levels of personal debt are generally lower than last year, leaving consumers with a little more disposable income. Register now at https://stockcall.com/development/stockcall/page.php?name=register.html to have free access to our reports on the apparel stores industry.

www.stockcall.com/ 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 Nordstrom Inc. and Urban Outfitters Inc.; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at https://stockcall.com/development/stockcall/page.php?name=register.html

Many luxury goods retailers such as Nordstrom Inc. saw higher than expected sales in November which is a positive sign for these companies leading into the all important month of December. Jewelry appears to have been doing well so far this holiday season and some apparel companies are teaming up with jewelers to add some appeal to their store with a little shiny sparkle. Others are partnering with companies to bring back favorite classics from bygone decades. Nordstrom Inc. research report is accessible for free by registering today at www.stockcall.com/JWN141210.pdf

Companies with international presence are finding Asia particularly profitable and are looking to spread their brand and expand their presence in this area. Some industry members are looking to good acquisition offers as a way to expand their options for the future. Visit www.stockcall.com/ to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Of concern to the industry are high cotton prices which are being driven by higher demand from China as well as bad seasons and trade restrictions in India and Pakistan. Another threat which is attacking some retailers is malware. Some major apparel stores websites are being targeted and manipulated to collect customer details later used to commit fraud. Online shopping is an increasingly important part of retail and companies need to offer high levels of security if they want to keep their customers.

Looking at earnings for the most recent quarter, Urban Outfitters Inc. posted earnings of $73.1 million on a revenue surge of 13% to $ 574 million. What made the difference for the Philadelphia-based company is direct-to-sales which rose 31% as compared to a meager 1% increase in same-store sales. Urban Outfitters Inc. research report is available for free by signing up now at www.stockcall.com/URBN141210.pdf

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