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Wall Street Equity Research

September 08, 2010 08:51 ET

Research on AnnTaylor Stores and Chico's FAS -- Things Are About to Get Tougher

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Rebranding and increased sales from stores open more than a year have helped companies like AnnTaylor Stores Corp. in the Apparel Stores industry. Quarterly earnings reports remain positive for some companies, as the retail markets have seen an increase in consumer spending when compared to the recession levels of a year ago. Strong sales figures from women's apparel have also spurned the industry upwards. Shareholders and investors can access the free research AnnTaylor Stores Corp. now by signing up at is a specialized website where investors can have full access to free reports on apparel stores stocks; traders looking for analyst opinions on AnnTaylor Stores Corp. and Chico's FAS Inc. are welcomed to sign up for a free one year membership at

Chico's FAS Inc. recently reported earnings of $30.5 million on revenue of $419.9 million. The has also compiled a free research on Chico's FAS Inc. that can be downloaded now by signing up at

While retail sales for July were reported to be up 3.1 percent over last year, there is still a growing concern that the economy might not be on its way to recovery. Mixed governmental reports showing an increase in unemployment but a decrease in payroll figures have kept consumers and investors jittery. Visit us at to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting apparel stores companies in today's economic environment.

Though some companies have been able to increase margins, the continued rise in the price of cotton may undo this. Cotton prices are at a fifteen year high due to high pressure on supply. India has recently announced that it will continue its ban on cotton exports, in a move designed to keep domestic prices low. Poor weather in Pakistan and China has also brought down total global outputs.

While profits are up for now, companies in the industry will be watching the cotton markets closely, as prices continue to soar. 

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