With all signs pointing to an Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF -1.9%) vibe that's losing its cool factor...

|About: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF)|By:, SA News Editor

With all signs pointing to an Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF -1.9%) vibe that's losing its cool factor with teens, analysts warn a refresh is needed to help keep the firm's global expansion plan in place. The allure of dimly lit stores and models showing off more flesh than clothes has run its course as the retailer's YTD sales run below last year's level. The bigger issue: Is the trend-setting teen clothing segment seeing demand shift to alternatives such as American Eagle Outfitters (SSS+ 9%) with its more affordable and wholesome lines?