The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Motley Fool senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker and consumer-goods editor Austin discuss emerging trends in their favorite companies.

In today's episode, Eric and Austin talk about the recent 20% pop in Aeropostale's share price. They dissect why the company jumped; give a quick take on the overall clothing retail market, including a glimpse at competitors; and discuss the best way for investors to play the retail game right now. With same-store sales declining, cotton prices easing, and consumer spending habits still soft, there are a lot of ways these companies could tip.

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