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Apparel retailer shares rise after analyst comment on improved traffic

Apparel retailer shares rose in Monday trading led by companies like Guess Inc. (up 5.1%), Macy’s Inc. (up 3.7%) and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (up 4.5%) after a Cowen & Company note said traffic at clothing stores has improved. “Large declines in national traffic have overshadowed consistently better traffic trends at apparel stores,” Cowen wrote in a Monday note. The second week in July saw traffic decline 9.7% year-over-year, according to national traffic devices, compared with a 5.6% decline last week. But apparel traffic was down just 5.3%. Electronics traffic was down 26.2%. Year-to-date apparel traffic is down 4% versus a 19.7% decline for electronics. Other shares on the rise Monday include Kohl’s Corp. (up 3%), Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. (up 2.2%), J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (up 2.8%) and Ralph Lauren Corp. (up 2%). The SPDR S&P Retail ETF is down 8.6% for the year so far while the S&P 500 index is up 9.9% for the period.

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