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May 06, 2011 08:58 ET

Equity Research on The Talbots Inc. and AnnTaylor Stores Corp. -- Apparel Stores Sector Shrouded in Uncertainty

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There are an overwhelming amount of factors that make it difficult to predict the future for retailers in the Apparel Store sector with any certainty. While same store sales have been improving through much of the industry, several indicators are pointing towards a weak consumer. High unemployment, housing weakness, and food inflation have all traditionally been evidence that consumer confidence is not strong. High fuel costs could also have a negative impact on brick and mortar retail sales as consumers become reluctant to get out and shop. Get instant analyses of The Talbots Inc. and AnnTaylor Stores Corp. from live, real-time experts standing by at http://www.shinesroomonline.com/products-subscription.php?subscription=freetrial. There is no commitment to join.

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High fuel costs could be a reason why internet sales have been increasing throughout the sector. In many cases, online growth is outpacing that of comparable same store sales. While before online shopping was more of a tool to check availability and pricing for various products, consumers are beginning to complete transactions with more frequency. Companies are using free shipping promotions to compel consumers to use their online storefronts. On average, online sales grew around 12% for the sector in the first quarter compared to last year.

Higher commodity costs are also a concern for everyone in the sector, including brands like Ann Taylor Stores Corp. and The Talbots Inc. As costs for key clothing materials such as cotton increase, companies are feeling their margins crimp. The ability for the sector to pass on higher costs to consumers will likely be the major contributing factor to which companies are most successful. The Talbots Inc. and AnnTaylor Stores Corp. reports are accessible for free by registering today at http://shinesroomonline.com/reports/May0611TheTalbotsInc.(TLB)060511.php or http://shinesroomonline.com/reports/May0611AnnTaylorStoresCorp.(ANN)060511.php.

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