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March 30, 2011 09:27 ET

Research on Guess? Inc. and Chico's FAS Inc. -- Apparel Stores Looking Up but High Cotton and Oil Prices Loom Large

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the Apparel Stores industry and has completed analytical research on Guess? Inc. (NYSE: GES) and Chico's FAS Inc. (NYSE: CHS). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access to these researches. 

The stabilizing macro-economy and rising consumer confidence which has ensued has been beneficial to many apparel stores. Unemployment in the United States has been falling of late and National Retail Federation figures for February report a sales increase of over 4 percent year over year, the seventh consecutive month of growth in retail sales. 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.

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One company which has been doing well recently is Guess? Inc. which reported positive fiscal fourth quarter and year end results this month. International expansion and focus on branding appear to have been serving the company well. Chico's FAS Inc. is also focused on marketing and has recently appointed a new Senior Vice President of Marketing for their Chico's division. Investors can register for free to access the research reports on Guess? Inc. and Chico's FAS Inc. at www.stockcall.com/GES300311.pdf or www.stockcall.com/CHS300311.pdf.

However, it is not all rosy in the industry. Cotton prices have been soaring over the past few months, reaching a record high of over $2.30 a pound in February. This drastic price increase can be linked to China's bad weather and subsequently poor yield, increased demand in the US and emerging markets, and the fact that many US cotton growers are now dedicating large tracts of land to ethanol crops. 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.

Furthermore, oil prices are now climbing which could put further pressure on the apparel industry which will have to cope with increased fuel surcharges on top if high cotton prices.

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