Bad news for Cotton, good news for retailers? A deadly combination of a record global crop and...

|By:, SA News Editor

Bad news for Cotton, good news for retailers? A deadly combination of a record global crop and falling consumption will continue to pound cotton prices and keep sentiment bearish in the trading pits, according to analysts. Standing to benefit are manufacturers and retailers: Levi-Strauss is cutting back prices to reign in price-conscious shoppers, while American Eagle Outfitters' (AEO +0.4%) CEO highlighted the importance of the commodity to his firm's bottom line in an earnings CC.