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    1. From Barron’s, March 31, 2014 (Part 2)

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      Sat, 29 Mar 2014

      page/9_0210-investorsentimentreadings.html Bullish stories: Citi [ C ; cheapest bank got cheaper; pg 21]; Ann Taylor [ ANN ; pg 12]; VeriFone [ PAY ; stories of card data breaches will prompt payment terminal upgrades; pg 12]; shopping

    2. Ann gets a nice lift from LOFT

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      Fri, 14 Mar 2014

      Ann ( ANN ) reports comparable-store sales increased 2.9% in FQ4 as soft traffic at Ann Taylor was made up by considerable strength with the LOFT brand at stores and online. The company also widened its gross margin rate by 20 bps to 49

    3. Surge In Loft Revenues Will Drive Ann's Q4 Results Amid Retail Market Woes

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      Wed, 12 Mar 2014

      quarter. While comparable sales growth at Ann Taylor ’s mainline stores remained low at 1 ..... weakness is very impressive. However, Ann ’s factory channel (which offers past ..... best sellers) still remains a concern as Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet witnessed a sharp

    4. How to Handle Diversification

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      Thu, 20 Feb 2014

      Ann Taylor ANN , Chico's CHS and Talbots TLB all reported weak January same-store ..... upcoming month, but for now we are maintaining our fair value estimates. Ann Taylor reported a 10.5% decline in same-store sales compared with January

    5. Ann ’s 4Q Results Hampered by Promotional Environment

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      Thu, 7 Feb 2013

      Ann Inc. ANN is trading lower after providing preliminary ..... 26 per share. In the fourth quarter, Ann expects sales to grow roughly 7% from ..... the companywide comparable down 1%. The Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet concepts were the

    6. Improved Sales and a Slowdown in Promotions Help Ann's Bottom Line in 3Q

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      Wed, 28 Nov 2012

      Ann Inc. ANN maintained its momentum from the prior ..... 26 per share. In the third quarter, Ann 's sales grew 8.6% on the back of ..... by a 5.6% comparable increase at its Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com, which experienced

    7. Ann's Colorful Merchandise Helps Deliver Good Quarter and Better Expectations for Second Half

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      Mon, 20 Aug 2012

      leveraged by 50 basis points as Ann Taylor was able to spread its fixed costs ..... this quarter's data was that at Ann Taylor stores total inventory per square foot ..... transit year over year and both Ann Taylor and LOFT brands had started

    8. Ann's Fundamental Goals Encouraging, but Will Take Time to Reach; Shares Fairly Valued

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      Sun, 20 May 2012

      Ann ANN has taken positive steps toward rightsizing its business and attempting ..... has been to reconnect with its client. If we use the performance of the Ann Taylor stores as any indication, it appears we are not there yet. Toward the end of

    9. Ann Has Good 4Q With Promising Outlook for 2012; Shares Fairly Valued

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      Fri, 9 Mar 2012

      Ann ANN offered a more promising outlook for the ..... comparable-store sales of 5.3%. At Ann Taylor , total comps declined 1.1%, with positive ..... delivering positive store sales. However, Ann couldn't escape gross margin contraction

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