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based on the above which firm would you select 642793

SPECIALTY RETAILER–INVESTOR VIEW

1. Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

(January 31, 2009—52 week; February 2, 2008—52 week; February 3, 2007—53 week) ‘‘Abercrombie & Fitch Co. …is a specialty retailer that operates stores and websites selling casual sportswear apparel.’’ 10 K

2. Limited Brands, Inc.

(January 31, 2009—52 week; February 2, 2008—52 week; February 3, 2007—53 week) ‘‘We operate in the highly competitive specialty retail business.’’ 10 K

3. GAP, Inc.

(January 31, 2009—52 week; February 2, 2008—52 week; February 3, 2007—53 week) ‘‘We are a global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products.’’ 10 K

Data   reviewed

Abercrombie   & Fitch

Limited   Brands

GAP

 

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

All inclusive   degree of financial coverage

*

*

1.4

1.13

1

1.02

Diluted   earnings per share before
  nonrecurring items

3.05

5.2

0.65

1.89

1.34

1.09

Percentage   of earnings retained

77.68

87.11

8.64

68.38

74.87

70.93

Dividend   yield

3.92

0.85

7.58

3.1

3.01

1.65

Price/earnings   ratio

5.85

15.78

12.18

10.23

8.42

17.74

Market   price per share

17.85

82.06

7.92

19.33

11.28

19.34

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a. Comment on all data reviewed for each individual company.

b. Based on the above, which firm would you select?

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