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Abercrombie & Fitch Company

Symbol: ANF  Chart
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February 2011 Description
Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. The company sells casual sportswear apparel, including knit and woven shirts, graphic t-shirts, fleece, jeans and woven pants, shorts, sweaters, outerwear, personal care products, and accessories under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, and Hollister brands. It also offers bras, underwear, sleepwear, and at-home products for women under the Gilly Hicks brand. The company sells products through its stores; direct-to-consumer operations; and Websites, which include,,, and As of January 30, 2010, it operated 1,096 stores in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in New Albany, Ohio.  The A&F campus is as beautiful as it is functional. The Home Office is centralized in order for all of their associates to be able to work together quickly and efficiently in support of their brands. With all of their departments from merchandising to design collaborating on their products on campus, they are able to react to emerging trends faster than any other retailer.

February 2006 Description
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a leading specialty retailer encompassing four concepts - Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie, Hollister Co., and RUEHL. The merchandise is sold in retail stores throughout the United States and through catalogs. The Company also operates e-commerce websites at,, .

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May 2016 Summary: On May 4, 2016 Aéropostale, Inc. filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  The Company expects to use the Chapter 11 process to optimize its store footprint, access additional tools to shed or renegotiate burdensome contracts, resolve its ongoing disputes with Sycamore Partners and achieve long-term financial stability. The Company intends to emerge from the Chapter 11 process within the next six months as a standalone enterprise with a smaller store base, increased operating efficiencies and reduced SG&A expenses.  Learn more about Aéropostale Chapter 11 filing.
February 2006 Description
Aropostale, Inc. is a fast growing, mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 11 to 18 year-old young women and men. The company provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. Aropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. Aropostale products are currently purchased only in its stores, on-line through its website (, or at organized sales events at college campuses. The first Aropostale store was opened in 1987. As of June 1, 2005, the company operated 610 stores in 47 states.

American Eagle Outfitter
Symbol: AEOS  Chart
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February 2011 Description

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., through its subsidiaries, ("AEO, Inc.") offers high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices. The American Eagle Outfitters® brand targets 15 to 25 year old girls and guys, with 937 stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at Aerie® by american eagle offers Dormwear® and intimates collections for the AE® girl, with 147 standalone stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at The latest brand, 77kids by american eagle®, is available online at, as well as at nine stores across the nation. The 77kids® brand small sizes and great big style for kids 0-14. AE.COM®, the online home of the brands of AEO, Inc., ships to more than 76 countries worldwide.

September 2005 Description
American Eagle Outfitters is a leading lifestyle retailer that designs, markets, and sells its own brand of casual, fashion-right clothing for 15 to 25 year-olds, providing high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. AE's collection includes modern basics like jeans, surplus, and graphic Ts as well as a stylish assortment of cool accessories, outerwear, footwear and swimwear.  AE's Canadian subsidiary, Bluenotes/thriftys, targets a slightly younger demographic, offering a more urban/suburban, denim-driven collection for 12 to 22 year-olds.  American Eagle Outfitters currently operates 784 AE stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 71 AE stores in Canada. AE also operates via its Web business, , which offers additional sizes and styles of favorite AE merchandise.

Symbol  ANN  Chart
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February 2011 Description
Ann Taylor's rich heritage dates to 1954, when founder Richard Liebeskind, who had a lengthy pedigree in specialty retailing from both his maternal and paternal sides, opened his first shop. Back then, "Ann Taylor" represented a best-selling dress style that had been gifted to the storeowner by his father. The "Ann Taylor" design embodied the well-dressed woman, and the Ann Taylor legacy was born. By 1983, Ann Taylor had grown from a regional, primarily East Coast brand, to a national brand with 47 stores across the United States. Today, the Ann Taylor brand is represented by two brands with four channels of distribution: Ann Taylor Stores, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. Ann Taylor Stores Corporation is one of the leading women's specialty retailers for fashionable clothing in the United States, operating 894 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of July 31, 2010, as well as online at and Visit for more information (NYSE: ANN).

March 2006 Description
AnnTaylor is a premier American specialty apparel retailer for the professional woman. Over the Company's fifty year heritage we have become a well-known resource for quality suits, separates, dresses, shoes and accessories with a feminine, polished approach to updated classic style. The Company meets the needs of modern women's busy lifestyles by providing a full range of career, casual and occasion offerings in one location. We plan collections with versatile styles that coordinate not only from head-to-toe, but also from season-to-season, so that their client can build a full wardrobe from Ann Taylor. Their dedication to helping her be at her best has led to an exceptional level of enduring client loyalty.  The brand is marketed under two divisions, Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft. The Company's Ann Taylor stores compete in the "better" priced category, and cater to the successful, relatively affluent career woman, who needs appropriate, fashion conscious attire for her professional life, and prefers stylish, coordinated looks for her leisure activities.  Ann Taylor Loft stores compete in the upper moderate priced category. Ann Taylor Loft collections are designed for value conscious women with a more relaxed lifestyle both at work and at home.  The Company operates in excess of 667 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and also Online stores at and
Ashworth Inc.
Symbol:  ASHW  Chart
January 2007 Description
Ashworth, Inc. (ASHW - news) - is a leading designer of men's and women's golf-inspired lifestyle sportswear distributed domestically and internationally in golf pro shops, resorts, upscale department and specialty stores and to corporate customers. Ashworth's three market-leading brands include: Ashworth Collection (TM), a range of upscale sportswear designed to be worn on and off course; Ashworth Authentics (TM), which showcases popular items from the Ashworth line; and Ashworth Weather Systems(R), a technical performance line. Ashworth is also an Official Apparel Licensee of Callaway Golf Company. Ashworth is also a leading designer, producer and distributor of headwear and apparel under The Game(R) and Kudzu(R) brands. The Game is a leading headwear brand to collegiate bookstores and Kudzu products are sold into the NASCAR/racing markets and through outdoors sports distribution channels, including fishing and hunting. Ashworth is also the exclusive on-site event merchandiser for the Kentucky Derby.


Avery Dennison
Symbol: AVY  Chart
January 2007 Description
Avery Dennison businesses are organized in three segments, along with other Specialty Converting Businesses: Pressure-sensitive Materials manufactures Fasson-brand pressure-sensitive base materials, reflective and graphic materials and performance polymers. Office and Consumer Products manufactures a variety of consumer products under the Avery-brand for the office, school and home. Retail Information Services provides the retail and apparel manufacturing industries with a variety of price marking and brand identification products. In addition to these business segments, Other Specialty Converting Businesses is comprised of several businesses that produce postage stamps, battery labels, performance films, as well as a variety of specialty tapes.  The Company employs more than 22,000 men and women in over 150 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 49 countries around the world.


Symbol:  BEBE  Chart
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February 2011 Description
bebe designs, develops and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women's apparel and accessories, which it markets under the bebe, BEBE SPORT, bbsp and 2b bebe brand names. Current Chairman and CEO Manny Mashouf opened the first bebe boutique in 1976 in San Fransisco. At that time, three categories dominated the women's wear market: junior, briouh women inspirational, sexy fashion. Over thirty years later, bebe has established itself as one of the top women's retailers having developed the contempory market for the masses, before a true non-junior ever existed. bebe has forever changed the landscape of the women's retail fashion world.  They market their products under the bebe, BEBE SPORT, bbsp and 2b bebe brand names throughout their 252 retail stores, their online store ( and their 21 international–licensee operated stores.
January 2007 Description
bebe designs, develops and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women's apparel and accessories, which it markets under the bebe, COLLECTION bebe, Neda by bebe, Neda, BEBE SPORT and bebe O brand names. Current Chairman and Founder Manny Mashouf founded bebe as a San Francisco boutique in 1976, a time when three categories dominated the women's wear market: junior, bridge and missy. Having discovered a demographic that was neither junior nor bridge, Manny aimed to break the mold by offering this under represented population of stylish women distinctive and inspirational fashion bearing an unmistakable hint of sensuality. His concept stuck and bebe reaped early success. bebe currently operates 258 stores, of which 189 are bebe stores, 20 are bebe outlet stores, 48 are BEBE SPORT stores and 1 Neda by bebe store. These stores are located in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, there is an online store at

Benneton Group
Symbol: BNG  Chart
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February 2011 Description
Today, the Benetton Group is present in 120 countries around the world. Its core business is fashion apparel: a group with a strong Italian character whose style, quality and passion are clearly seen in its brands, the casual United Colors of Benetton, the glamour oriented Sisley, the leisurewear brand Playlife. The Group produces over 150 million garments every year. Its network of around 6,000 contemporary stores around the world, offers high quality customer services and generates a total turnover of over 2 billion euro.

January 2007 Description
Today, the Benetton Group is present in 120 countries around the world. Its core business is clothing: a group with a strong Italian character whose style, quality and passion are clearly seen in its brands, the casual United Colors of Benetton, fashion oriented Sisley, Playlife leisurewear and Killer Loop streetwear. The Group produces around 130 million garments every year. Its retail network of 5,000 contemporary stores around the world, offers high quality customer services and generates a total turnover of around 1.9 billion euro.

Big Lots
Symbol: BLI  Charts
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February 2011 Description
Big Lots offers brand-name closeouts and bargains that create a unique, exciting shopping experience for millions of customers. We offer a broad assortment of merchandise, including consumables, seasonal products, furniture, housewares, toys and gifts. Our incredible growth has made Big Lots the nation's largest broadline closeout retailer with annual revenues approaching $5 billion. Big Lots operates more than 1,400 retail stores serving 48 states. Brand-name products from 3,000 manufacturers are supplied to stores through five regional distribution centers with more than 9 million square feet of distribution capacity. Big Lots, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BIG.

January 2007 Description
Big Lots is America's largest broad line closeout retailer with annual sales over $4 billion and over 1,400 stores nationwide. Their shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BIG and they are ranked among the Fortune 500.  They are closeout retailer, a growing segment of the retailing industry. Their goal is to build upon this leadership position by expanding their market presence in both existing and new markets. They believe that their strengths in merchandising, purchasing, site selection, distribution and cost-containment well-position them for continued growth as a low-cost, value retailer.


January 2007 Description:
Blair Corporation, a multi-channel direct marketer of women's, men's and home fashions is ranked among America's top ten consumer apparel catalogers. Employing over 2,100 associates, the Company boasts annual sales of nearly $500 million. Blair's thriving business is built on a simple yet highly effe ctive philosophy: offer customers quality products at affordable prices and provide exceptional customer service. The result throughout 2005, Blair is proud to celebrate its 95 th year of business!
 Blair mails catalogs and letter-style promotions to existing and prospective customers. Customers also enjoy convenient online shopping through the Company's fully-integrated Web sites: for women's, men's and home fashion values; and, featuring impeccable men's and women's business and casual attire. All merchandise is designed and manufactured to the Company's strict quality specifications by hundreds of independent suppliers. In addition to its domestic suppliers, Blair's International Trade Division sources products from more than 30 countries, providing the Company with a significant competitive advantage. In keeping with its mission to be the best direct marketer serving value-conscious consumers, Blair has forged a strong connection with a group of people who have well-defined needs and expectations. The Company's quest to provide quality, affordable choices that truly enhance the lives of those we serve has spurred Blair to explore new ways to reach out to them and others who have similar needs. The Company recently undertook an unprecedented initiative to better understand its core customer. The result ha s been nothing short of revolutionary much deeper understanding of exactly who the customers are, along with new insights into how and why they shop. Blair will use this who, how and why knowledge to serve customers better: first, by offering exactly the merchandise mix customers want, and second, by providing exceptional customer service. Blair's operating facilities, comprising more than 1.4 million square feet, include its main headquarters, state-of-the-art fulfillment and merchandise return centers, telephone service centers and retail outlets, which are all located in Northwestern Pennsylvania. In addition, it operates a catalog outlet in Delaware and sourcing offices along the Pacific Rim. Corporate headquarters and distribution operations are centered in Warren, PA, where John Blair founded the Company in 1910. Incorporated in 1927, Blair is the oldest con tinually listed, publicly traded company on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX:BL).

Symbol:  BFLY  Chart
January 2007 Description:
After a frustrating day of outlet shopping, rummaging through bins of disorganized, two-season old designer clothing, E. Kenneth Seiff knew there must be a better way. The founder and CEO of Pivot Rules, a leader in golf apparel, recognized that traditional outlet stores that sold off-price designer apparel were not offering the type of shopping experience consumers have come to expect. They were, in fact, reducing it to a tedious chore. Seiff saw the solution in the Internet, a significant untapped source for retailing off-price merchandise apparel and home furnishings. With extensive consumer research, combined with a sixth sense of emerging new markets and trends, he saw that the next logical way to offer consumers off-price designer apparel and home accessories was just a click away. The time was right to launch the Internet retail site called With the speed of a fly, the company developed a business plan for launching and by June 1998, was in full force developing design concepts and writing code for the soon-to-be-launched theybsite. The initial concept, which continues to unfold, remains today - a lifestyle brand on the Internet that offers consumers top designer brands in a fun, friendly, smart and stylish way. As the hardest working summer for the launch team came to a close, opened its cyber doors and began selling brand name designer apparel at significant discount prices. Today, to translate the successful shopping experience to the Internet, Bluefly features a dynamic design, superior customer service, and the most advanced search technology available through an online apparel store. In addition, offers enjoyable fashion features, news-you-can-use and timely fashion tips. Yet, didn't just hatch out of the proverbial blue. Ken has a history of identifying emerging markets and creating companies to address them, long before the competition. In fact,'s previous incarnation was the successful golf apparel company called Pivot Rules, which broke the mold of stereotypical golf apparel by designing and marketing a line of golfwear for the front nine and the back yard. However, with the competitive retail landscape and a desire to grow beyond the traditional channels of distribution, Seiff identified the Internet as a thriving opportunity for his creative and innovative vision. Today, Bluefly continues to grow and enjoy an exciting profile as a leader in the e-commerce arena. Through a mix of growing pains and rapid success,'s key focus is on the customer, offering the broadest range of designer products available on the Internet for men, women, and the home at a significant discount. They also offer competitive flat-rate shipping and a 90-day return policy.

Bon-Ton Stores
Symbol: BONT  Chart
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February 2011 Description:
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 275 department stores, which includes 11 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates and, in the Detroit, Michigan area, under the Parisian nameplate. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company's website at

January 2007 Description:
Bon-Ton was founded in 1898 and is a traditional department store retailer with a history of providing quality merchandise to their customers in mid-sized markets. On March 6, 2006, they completed the acquisition of the Northern Department Store Group of Saks Incorporated, making them one of the largest regional department store chains in the United States. Bon-Ton operates 272 department stores and seven furniture stores, located in 23 states, which encompass a total of approximately 27 million square feet across the Northeastern, Midwestern and upper Great Plains states. They operate under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates. The Bon-Ton operates in targeted markets where they are a primary department store. They offer a broad assortment of brand-name and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children as well as distinctive cosmetics and home furnishings. Their merchandise assortment represents fashion, quality and value, with the depth and breadth to satisfy their core customer. Their stores provide a convenient and friendly shopping experience in a pleasant environment.

Burlington Coat Factory
Symbol: BCF  Chart
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February 2011 Description:
At Burlington Coat Factory, you'll find a large assortment of current, high-quality, designer and name-brand merchandise at up to 70% off department store prices. Choose from a large selection of coats, clothing, and shoes for the entire family. And don't forget our great assortment of linens and home décor, PLUS everything you need for baby, from baby bottles to cribs! Burlington Coat Factory - a convenient one-stop shopping experience with the labels you love, at prices you'll love even more!

Store Offerings Include:

  • Coats for the entire family
  • Ladies' dresses and suits
  • Ladies' career and casual collections and separates
  • Lingerie and accessories
  • Men's clothing and furnishings
  • Men's sportswear and activewear
  • Children's clothing, newborn to pre-teen
  • Shoes for men, women, and children
  • Everything you want and need for baby
  • Linens and home décor
January 2007 Description:
The roots of Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation (the "Company") go back to 1924 with wholesale sales of ladies coats and junior suits. In 1972, the Company opened its first outlet store in Burlington, New Jersey. Coats were the primary offering at the original Burlington Coat Factory, but over time the concept evolved into a one-stop shopping experience. Extensive selections of men's and women's suits, sportswear, shoes, and accessories developed. Highly successful baby and youth departments were created. A linens department was added in 1987. Burlington Coat Factory has remained successful by making value a priority. The Company, through strategic purchasing, has always been able to offer the latest in designer clothing, shoes, accessories, baby products, and home furnishings at great savings. Burlington Coat Factory maintains a minimalist approach to merchandising, keeping stores modern and attractive, without passing on the high cost of fixtures and decor to its customers. Today, the Company is a national department store retail chain which offers current, high quality, designer merchandise at prices up to 60% below those at other department stores. Burlington Coat Factory stores feature coats, apparel, shoes, accessories for the entire family, baby clothes, furniture, toys, home decor items, and gifts. Over 350 stores can be found in 42 states nationwide.

The Company also owns and operates the following divisions.

Baby Depot Baby Depot departments can be found in most Burlington Coat Factory stores. Baby Depot offers shoppers "one stop shopping" for infants and toddlers with everyday low prices and savings on current, brand name merchandise. Shoppers can select from the world's leading manufacturers of infant and toddler apparel, furniture and accessories. Baby Depot offers customers the convenience of special orders and a computerized baby gift registry. Also in operation is one free-standing Baby Depot store in Arlington Heights, Illinois as well as one in Moorestown, New Jersey. There is also one combination Baby Depot/luxury Linens store in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Luxury Linens The majority of our stores have a Luxury Linens department, which is a thriving portion of our retail business. The Luxury Linens departments offer shoppers a broad range of bedding, kitchen and bath accessories, housewares, gift items and the latest home fashions. Shoppers can expect to save up to 60% off department and competing specialty store prices. Luxury Linens' success has earned it a ranking as one of the top linens specialty retailers in the country. Also in operation is a combination Luxury Linens/baby Depot store in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Cohoes The COHOES Fashions division of the Company, consists of several stores in the northeast. COHOES, known for its upscale famous label fashions, offers customers an impressive selection of designer, name brand and better ladies', men's and children's clothing, shoes and accessories. In addition, COHOES stores carry unique, well-designed, decorative gifts and home furnishings. COHOES customers may also take advantage of several added conveniences, such as a store charge card, alterations and personal shopping services.


Symbol: CACH   Chart
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January 2015:  According to Bloomberg on January 22, 2015, "Cache Inc. (CACH), an almost 40-year-old clothing chain known for helping popularize Armani and Versace designs in the U.S., is preparing to file for bankruptcy, said people with knowledge of the situation. The move is expected as soon as next week, said the people, who didn't want to be identified because the matter isn't public. Cache said last month that it was exploring options and had received an inquiry from a potential buyer. The company hasn't provided an update on the process since then."  This would be Cache's second trip to bankruptcy court. It filed a Chapter 11 petition in 1986 and emerged in 1988. Read more at the Cache Bankruptcy 2015 blog post.

February 2011 Description:
Caché is a nationwide, mall-based specialty retailer of lifestyle sportswear and dresses targeting style-conscious women between the ages of 25-45. Their brand appeals to a woman who has a youthful attitude, is self-confident, fashion-conscious, and requires a missy fit while preferring a high level of client service and their boutique format. They offer women a broad collection of apparel and accessories to meet her needs for sophisticated casual and daytime sportswear to eveningwear. The sportswear collection embodies a mix of lifestyle separates for both day and evening. Their dress collection includes pieces for day and evening and is an important destination for holidays, proms, or special events. Their accessories, from handbags to jewelry to shoes allows them to complete her outfit with offerings that complement the seasonal themes and palettes of their sportswear and dresses. Their boutique-like environment enhances their customers shopping experience, as they offer a high level of client service combined with enticing merchandise. Their goal is to have the Caché woman feel like she is the center of attention. As of December 2009, we operated 286 Caché and 15 Caché Luxe stores, primarily situated in central locations in high traffic, upscale malls, in 43 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

January 2007 Description:
Cache is a nationwide, mall-based, specialty retailer of sophisticated, social-occasion sportswear and dresses targeting style-conscious women between the ages of 25 and 55. They own and operate, two separate store concepts, Cache and Lillie Rubin, each of which carries its own distinctive branded merchandise. Both concepts, while targeting different customer bases, focus on social-occasion dressing designed for contemporary women who take pride in their appearance, whether they are out for a casual lunch or at a black-tie affair. Their merchandise assortment extends from elegant eveningwear to their distinctive, day-into-evening sportswear, which encompasses a variety of chic tops, bottoms and dresses versatile enough to be worn during the day or evening. They believe the appeal of their merchandise is enhanced through the intimate, boutique-like environment they offer to their customers. This environment is achieved through a high level of customer service combined with their smaller-store format, which averages approximately 2,000 square feet. As of January 1, 2005, they operated 291 stores primarily situated in central locations in high-traffic, upscale malls.

What makes a woman captivating? Her style? Her charm? Her wit? Captivating is that and more. It's that special spark that shines in her eyes, the energy that animates her every move. Even her clothes reflect it. Fashion-forward, naturally, but what really makes her style captivating is its exquisite attention to detail. This is the Cache woman: confident, sexy, social and stylish. From their distinctive casual sportswear to their stunning eveningwear to their contemporary accessories, their collections draw the eye with their unique detailing. Because their clothes must be as charismatic as the woman who wears them.  Whether in their 260+ boutiques coast to coast or online at, they hope to make every moment of your experience rewarding. They promise to provide the highest level of security and quality wherever you choose to visit.

Casual Male Retail Group Inc.

Symbol: CMRG

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February 2011 Description

Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of big and tall men's apparel, with nearly 500 store locations throughout the U.S., Canada and in London, England, along with substantial e-commerce and catalog operations – including current expansion into the European markets. Casual Male operates under the trade names of Casual Male XL, Rochester Big & Tall Clothing, and Sears Canada–Casual Male.  Operating over 460 Casual Male XL specialty and outlet stores throughout the United States, Casual Male XL is the leading specialty retailer in the big and tall market. With the acquisition of Rochester Big & Tall Clothing stores and direct-to-consumer business, Casual Male XL has established itself as the premier operator of mid-priced and high-end apparel for the big and tall market. Our leading market position gives us considerable purchasing power, allowing us to offer our customer the finest in quality along with the widest variety of sizes and styles.

February 2006 Description
Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of big and tall men's apparel, with over 531 store locations throughout the United States, London, England and Canada, along with substantial e-commerce and catalog operations. Casual Male operates under the trade names of Casual Male Big and Tall, Rochester Big Tall Clothing and Sear's Canada- Casual Male. Market Leadership The growing big and tall market size is approximately $5.5 - $6.0 billion and is extremely fragmented. Operating over 496 Casual Male Big & Tall specialty and outlet stores in 44 states, Casual Male is the leading specialty retailer in the big & tall market. With the acquisition in October 2004, of 22 Rochester Big Tall Clothing stores and direct to consumer business, Casual Male now dominants both the mid price and high end of the big and tall market. Casual Male's market leading position results in considerable purchasing power, favorable size and style selection and customer convenience, which positions us to take advantage of the growth in the big and tall category.

Symbol: CTR   Chart
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February 2011 Description:
The Cato Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of value-priced women's fashion apparel and accessories operating two divisions, "Cato" and "It's Fashion". The Company's Cato division offers exclusive merchandise with fashion and quality comparable to mall specialty stores at low prices every day. The It's Fashion division offers fashion with a focus on the latest trendy styles and nationally recognized urban brands for the entire family at low prices every day. Additional information on The Cato Corporation is available at

January 2007 Description:
The Company, founded in 1946, operates over 1,100 women's apparel specialty stores in 31 states under the names "Cato" and "It's Fashion!". The Company offers quality fashion apparel and accessories at everyday low prices in junior, missy and plus sizes, with girls sizes 7-16 offered in selected stores. A substantial portion of the Company's merchandise is sold under its private labels and is produced by various vendors in accordance with the Company's specifications. Most stores range in size from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet and are located primarily in strip shopping centers anchored by national discount stores. The Company emphasizes customer service and coordinated merchandise presentations in an appealing store environment. The Company offers its own credit card and layaway plan.

At Cato, you'll find the latest styles for any occasion work or play, dressy or casual. They have great shoes and accessories, too. Be sure to check them out for on-trend fashions, high quality and exclusive styles and fit.. all at exceptional value. You can count on Cato for fresh, new fashions every week and low prices, every day!

Charlotte Russe 

February 2011 Description:

Charlotte Russe is a growing, mall-based specialty retailer of fashionable, value-priced apparel and accessories. They provide exciting, fashion-forward merchandise that appeals to a broad range of customers, with a core emphasis on the lifestyle trends of young women in their teens and twenties. As of January 1, 2010, Charlotte Russe operated over 500 stores throughout 45 states and Puerto Rico.

August 2009: Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHIC), a leading mall-based specialty retailer for young women, announced August 24, 2009 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired and taken private by investment funds managed by Advent International Corporation, a leading global private equity firm with significant expertise in the retail sector.

January 2007 Description:
The market created the demand; Charlotte Russe answered the need. In 1975, a clothing retailer dedicated to affordable women's clothing was founded, and its first store was opened in Carlsbad, California. Focused on women ranging from teens to early twenties, the store offered value-priced merchandise that followed understandable fashion trends. During the subsequent 20 years, the Company grew into a 35-store regional chain concentrated in Southern California generating $70 million of annual sales. In September 1996, Saunders Karp & Megrue, a private equity investment firm, and Bernie Zeichner acquired Charlotte Russe from its founders with the intention of pursuing an accelerated national store expansion program. The new owners believed that a significant opportunity existed to leverage the strength of the Charlotte Russe concept and its new store economics by further penetrating existing markets and expanding the chain to other regions of the country. A total of 29 new stores were opened during the first two years under the new management team. In the ten years since the ownership change, Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. has more than quadrupled its store count, rising to more than 360 Charlotte Russe stores as of the end of July 2006. Through consistent execution and strong market positioning, the Company strives to continue to deliver significant revenue and operating profit growth.

Charming Shoppes
Investor Relations: Owned by Ascena Retail Group
June 2012 Description:

The Ascena Retail Group on Friday completed its acquisition of Lane Bryant parent Charming Shoppes Inc.


February 2011 Description:

Charming Shoppes, Inc. is a leading multi-brand specialty apparel retailer primarily focused on plus-size women's apparel. We are the parent company of three distinct store brands – Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherines Plus Sizes. Our Vision is to be the company known for celebrating the lives and fashion image of women wearing plus sizes. Our continuing Mission is to serve the lifestyle apparel needs of women wearing plus sizes with the very best service, fashion selection, value and fit.


January 2007 Description:
Charming Shoppes, Inc. is a leading multichannel specialty apparel retailer primarily focused on plus-size women's apparel. They are the parent company of four distinct store brands Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherines Plus Sizes and Petite Sophisticate as well as Crosstown Traders, Inc., a direct marketer of women's apparel. Their Vision is to be the company known for celebrating the lives and fashion image of women wearing plus sizes. Their continuing Mission is to serve the lifestyle apparel needs of women wearing plus sizes with the very best service, fashion selection, value and fit.

Chicos FAS Inc.
Symbol: CHS  Chart
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June 2014 Description:
The Company, through its brands – Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items. As of May 3, 2014, the Company operated 1,496 stores in the US and Canada. The Company's merchandise is also available at,,, and
January 2007 Description:
In 1983, Marvin and Helene Gralnick began selling Mexican folk art and cotton sweaters in a small store on Sanibel Island, Florida. Their exceptional service and one-of-a-kind styles connected with customers in a unique way and Chico's was born. The Company is a specialty retailer of private label, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Company operates 907 women's specialty stores, including stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma by Chico's and Fitigues names. The Company owns 540 Chico's front-line stores, 32 Chico's outlet stores, 249 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 14 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 49 Soma by Chico's stores, 9 Fitigues front-line stores and 1 Fitigues outlet store; franchisees own and operate 13 Chico's stores. When you walk into any Chico's store, you can trust the sales staff to help you coordinate, accessorize, and build a signature wardrobe to suit your individual needs.

Children's Place

Symbol: PLCE  Chart
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January 2007 Description:
The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc., is a leading specialty retailer of children's merchandise, ages newborn to ten years old. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells high-quality, value-priced merchandise under the proprietary
The Children's Place and licensed Disney Store brand names. As of October 28, 2006, the Company owned and operated 851 The Children's Place stores and 331 Disney Stores in North America and its online store, As a growing specialty retailer of clothing and accessories for kids, they provide their customers a high-quality, focused merchandise selection at prices that represent a substantial value relative to their competitors. Current fashion trends in a broad color palette are offered as coordinated outfits specifically designed for children. The Children's Place creates freshness in its stores by introducing seasonal merchandise lines throughout the year. Each store offers spacious, bright and airy shopping that is a friendly and convenient atmosphere for both children and adults. Each shop is clearly identified and dedicated to serving the needs of Girls and Boys (sizes 4-14), Baby Girls and Boys (sizes 6 mos.-4T) and Newborn (sizes 0-12 mos.). Display racks and shelves are neatly arranged to distinctly separate each department and provide easy viewing of the latest collection available. Customers also are able to shop at their convenience in our online store,

Claire's Stores Inc.
Symbol:  CLE  Charts
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January 2007 Description:
Claire's Stores, Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering value-priced costume jewelry, accessories and cosmetics to fashion-aware tweens, teens and young adults through its two store concepts: Claire's (North America and Europe) and Icing by Claire's. In 1961 a predecessor to Claire's named Fashion Tress, Inc. went public in over the counter trading. In 1973 the name was changed to FT Industries, Inc. when Chairman Emeritus, Rowland Schaefer, bought Claire's Boutiques, Inc. which operated 60 stores in the Chicago area. The Company name was changed to Claire's Stores, Inc. in 1983 and the Common Stock (NYSE: CLE) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1985. The Company traces its beginnings to Rowland Schaefer, who established Fashion Tress, Inc. a manufacturer of wigs and accessories distributed worldwide. In the early 1980's, Mr. Schaefer set new strategic directions by divesting the business of capital-intensive manufacturing businesses in favor of the specialty retailing of women's fashion accessories.  International Expansion Claire's Stores concept translates internationally: a store that targets teen girls with accessory styles widely promoted by the media. Claire's first arrived in the United Kingdom in 1996 and continued its European expansion with Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France and Ireland. Their expansion approach for Europe traditionally has been to purchase a retail chain with existing management infrastructure, local buying expertise and knowledge of local customs. Claire's Stores then converts the acquired stores to the Claire's Stores concept and applies Claire's Stores best practices in rolling out and operating stores. This year however, they have begun to open stores in several European countries without first completing an acquisition. Claire's Stores strategy has been successful abroad. Store traffic is heavy and the European stores four wall contribution consistently exceeds Claire's stores in North America. Their European stores typically measure 604 square feet (smaller than North American stores) and ring up more than twice the sales per square foot than their North American counterparts. As a result, Claire's plans for expansion in Europe are more aggressive than in North America. At the end of Fiscal 2006, which ended January 28, 2006, we operated 772 stores in Europe. They will open over 100 European stores during Fiscal 2007. The 172 stores they operated in Japan at the end of Fiscal 2006 are owned by a joint venture in which Claire's Stores has a 50% interest. The 84 Middle East and 7 South African stores in operation at the end of Fiscal 2006 are operated under licensing and merchandising agreements. Additional arrangements of this type may be employed to further their international expansion.

Columbia Sportswear
January 2007 Description:
Columbia Sportswear Company (Nasdaq: COLM) is a global leader in the design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of active outdoor apparel. As one of the largest outerwear brands manufacturers in the world and a leading seller of skiwear in the United States, Columbia has developed an international reputation across an expanding product line for quality, performance, functionality and value. Columbia offers a broad range of durable and functional outdoor apparel that represents exceptional value to the consumer. Columbia products cover five broad categories outerwear, sportswear, footwear, accessories, and equipment. Columbia distributes its products to over 12,000 retailers internationally in more than 50 countries today.


Outerwear is Columbia's most established product category. Columbia outerwear is designed to protect the wearer from inclement weather in everyday use in a variety of outdoor activities and includes a Skiwear line, Snowboard Apparel, Hunting and Fishing Apparel, and youth Outerwear. Sportswear
Columbia's sportswear products consist of durable, functional, value-priced, authentic, active outdoor apparel that appeals both to the serious outdoorsman and the casual wearer. Sportswear products are designed to be sold alongside the Columbia's outerwear and footwear products as part of our "head-to-toe" outfitting concept.

Columbia introduced footwear products in 1993, and today offers seasonal outdoor footwear for adults and youth in cold weather, hiking, trail, sandals, outdoor casual and rugged comfort styles. Columbia believes that the market for footwear represents a substantial growth opportunity. Accessories
Columbia also produces and sells hats, caps, scarves, gloves, mittens and headbands to complement its outerwear and sportswear lines.

Cutter and Buck Inc.
Symbol: CBUK  Chart
January 2007 Description:
Cutter & Buck designs and markets upscale sportswear under the Cutter & Buck brand. The company sells its products primarily to golf and specialty retailers, corporations and international distributors and licensees. They also sell directly to end consumers through catalog and Internet channels. Cutter & Buck products feature distinctive, comfortable designs, high quality materials and manufacturing, and rich detailing.  In 2007, the company became part of New Wave Group, AB.

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