SOURCE: World Street Fundamentals

June 17, 2011 09:00 ET

Equity Research on The Warnaco Group, Inc. and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation - Fashion Meets Fundamentals

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - Today, www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com released its industry report highlighting The Warnaco Group, Inc. (NYSE: WRC) and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL). Full fundamental and technical analysis is available at www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com/Reports.php.

Due to a weakened economy and higher unemployment rates, lackluster discretionary income growth could cause irritability in the apparel and accessories demand. Accessories and differentiated fashion continue to outperform the category, but at a slower pace. Strong luxury brands are estimated to rebound extending throughout 2011, reflecting core luxury shoppers. According to NPD consumer estimated data, first-quarter 2011 apparel sales declined 1.6%. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, sales at clothing and accessories stores rose 4.1% year to year in the 2011 first quarter.

World Street Fundamentals has highlighted The Warnaco Group, Inc. as it designs, sources, markets, licenses and distributes a line of intimate apparel, sportswear and swimwear worldwide. The Company's products are sold under several brand names, including, but not limited to, Calvin Klein, Speedo, Chaps, Warner's and Olga. The Company operates in three business groups (segments): Sportswear Group, Intimate Apparel Group, and Swimwear Group. In addition, the Company distributes its Calvin Klein branded products through Calvin Klein retail stores, and as of January 2, 2010, the Company operated 1,097 Calvin Klein retail stores worldwide. The entire report on The Warnaco Group, Inc. (NYSE: WRC) is available here: www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com/ViewFullReport.245.php.

World Street has highlighted Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation as it is engaged in the design, marketing and distribution of products, including men's, women's and children's apparel, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings. The Company operates in three segments: Wholesale, Retail and Licensing. Apparel products include collections of men's, women's and children's clothing. Accessories include a range of footwear, eyewear, watches, jewelry, hats, belts and leather goods, including handbags and luggage. Home products include bedding and bath products, furniture, fabric and wallpaper, paint, tabletop, and giftware. The entire report on Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is available here: www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com/ViewFullReport.138.php.

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