Lululemon and Abercrombie & Fitch: Maybe it was something you said

|About: Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU)|By:, SA News Editor

Both Lululemon (LULU +0.4%) and Abercrombia & Fitch (ANF -2.1%) stand accused by retail analysts of alienating its customers after execs made ill-timed digs at the plus-sized customers the retailers haven't included in their marketing or sales plans.

As Lululemon and A&F continue to suffer from negative feedback for their strategies - sales have been strong at Hot Topic (HOTT), Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), and L Brands (LTD) for brands which cater to plus-sized shoppers.

Tale of the tape (YTD returns): Lululemon -13% and Abercrombie & Fitch -28% vs. Hot Topic +45%, Ascena Retail Group +15%, and L Brands +37%.