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Ann Inc. profit rises 24% in Q2; on track to open 65 stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Ann Inc. reported Friday that profit for the second quarter rose 24% to $30.7 million, compared with $24.8 million in the year-ago period.

Same-store sales companywide increase 4.7%; by brand, Ann Taylor store comps increased 3.2% and Loft comps rose 4.1%.

The company raised its outlook for the full year of fiscal 2012, and also said that it is on track to open approximately 65 new stores this year, partially offset by the impact of downsizes at Ann Taylor stores and approximately 30 store closures.

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Casual Male net income slides; to speed rollout of DestinationXL

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Canton, Mass. — Casual Male Retail Group said Friday that second-quarter profit dropped to $1.2 million, from $6.6 million in the year-ago period. Total sales were flat at $100.5 million, and same-store sales edged up 2%.

However, continuing strength from the DestinationXL stores vs. the Casual Male XL locations is prompting the company to focus on growing the former.

“We are accelerating our roll-out strategy and more aggressively opening DXL stores and closing our traditional Casual Male XL locations," said president and CEO David Levin. "We now plan to complete our roll out of 225 to 250 DXL stores by the end of fiscal 2015. To support the transition to DXL, we are undergoing a paradigm shift in our approach to improve awareness of DXL and fully capitalize on the concept.”

In 2012 so far, Casual Male has open 13 new DXL stores and said it is on track to have 51 DXL stores operating by year end.

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Foot Locker profit and sales rise in Q2

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New York — Foot Locker reported Friday that net income for the quarter ended July 28 rose to $59 million, from $37 million last year.

Sales increased 7.2% to $1.37 billion this year, compared with $1.27 billion in the prior year. Same-store sales increased nearly 10%.

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