For all the sunny talk I've been giving about Pacific Sunwear
As dismal as those numbers sound, I'm not certain they're as bad as they appear. Call me an eternal optimist when it comes to PacSun, but I'm still seeing some silver linings on the clouds here.
It's undoubtedly a sign of current economic conditions, but many retailers in the sector posted even worse numbers than PacSun's. Abercrombie & Fitch
So, just because everyone else is doing badly, that means PacSun is OK? Well yes. Since the start of the fiscal year, which for most retailers began in February, Pacific Sunwear's stock price has been one of the best performers, suggesting that it's been weathering the economic downpour better than its rivals.
With a new focus on its core PacSun brand, the sales results are based on leaner operations, which I believe allows the retailer to remain poised to reward investors in the long run. The Easter holiday came early this year -- the earliest calendar appearance in 95 years -- so it shouldn't be too surprising that spring outfits weren't on shoppers' minds, a typical push for the season.
I'm not such a Pollyanna as to ignore that weaker comps won't delay the onset of the recovery I've been expecting. But in a mix of teen retailers, I see PacSun holding up better than most and I don't anticipate April showers forestalling its resurgence any longer.
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Pacific Sunwear and American Eagle Outfitters are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. The Motley Fool owns shares of American Eagle.
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