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Sport-Haley (SPOR) Still Has a Hot Product in the Aerocool Polo
With the fall season coming to a close, TickerMine surveyed Sport-Haley, Inc., the golf apparel company last week. The company recently released its fiscal year end financials with sales and earnings down. Our analysts surveyed several Sport-Haley stores across the country and asked which were the most popular items and whether these items were sufficiently stocked. Department stores, small boutique stores and golf pro shops were consulted. Currently, the most popular item is the Aerocool Polo, according to 38% of those polled. Jackets were also mentioned as a popular item by 16% of respondents. All the stores surveyed indicated they do have sufficient stock in these popular items or could easily get more. 68% of the stores indicated they do not expect a new line of Sport-Haley to be coming out any time soon.
Customers Still Love Quiksilver (NYSE:ZQK)
TickerMine researched Quiksilver, the surfing clothing brand this month after news of its growing popularity in the U.K. Respondents at 26 U.S. locations were asked if sales had peaked as summer approached? Are any items in backorder? And how much does the average customer spend? We learned that 31% say business did not peak as summer approached but 69% felt that business increased. 23% say they have items in backorder (watches, shoes, jeans and shorts were mentioned). 77% did not. And the average Quiksilver customer spends more than $67 per visit, our survey says.
Economy Hurting Ann Taylor (NYSE:ANN) Sales, Inventories Swell
We surveyed 26 Ann Taylor stores in recent weeks and discovered that 69% of respondents believe that the broader economic weakness is hurting business at their specific store. 65% also report excess inventories, historically a high number for this question. While concerns about the economy and excess inventory are problems at Ann Taylor, 58% of respondents do believe that sales are above average compared to last year while only 15% believe that business is below average.