SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

June 04, 2012 08:20 ET

Lululemon and Limited Brands Look to Benefit From Highest U.S. Consumer Confidence Since 2007

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Lululemon and Limited Brands

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 4, 2012) - Despite growing global economic concerns retail stocks have performed admirably in 2012. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) -- which seeks to replicate an index that invests in industries such as apparel retail, automotive retail, food retail, department stores, Internet retail, general merchandise stores, drug retail, and hypermarkets and super centers -- has gained over 11 percent year-to-date, beating the Dow Jones gain of just 1.57 percent. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in Retail Industry and provides equity research on Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) and Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LTD).

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U.S. consumers' confidence in May is the highest it's been since October 2007 according to a Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index. Warm weather and falling gasoline prices has helped boost consumer spending. Same-store sales for the month of May jumped 4 percent according to numbers from Retail Metrics, beating analysts' estimates of 1.8 percent. "It shows a real resiliency of the consumer, and generally speaking, it's a positive sign for the state of the retail economy," Joel Bines, managing director at AlixPartners, said in a telephone interview.

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Lululemon Athletica is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. The company announced that its financial results for the first quarter fiscal 2012 will be released Thursday, June 7, 2012. The company will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the financial results.

Limited Brands, through Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company. The company recently reported a comparable store sales increase of 6 percent for the four weeks ended May 26, 2012, compared to the four weeks ended May 28, 2011. The company reported net sales of $671.9 million for the four weeks ended May 26, 2012, compared to net sales of $717.4 million last year.

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