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August 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Maybe it's a backlash to booty shorts and over-sexed advertising. Or it's resentment over the resistance to plus-size products. Possibly it's due to the economy, which is still squeezing teens and their parents. Whatever the reason, Abercrombie & Fitch seems to have had a cruel, cruel summer. The controversial mall-based chain on Thursday announced dismal earnings for its second quarter, which ended Aug. 3. Net income tanked 30% to $11.4 million, or 14 cents a share, from $17.1 million, or 20 cents a share, a year earlier.
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August 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Not even the briefest of booty shorts could pick Abercrombie & Fitch out of its second quarter slump, as the mall-based retailer and fellow teen apparel companies struggle with weak customer demand. The controversial chain on Thursday announced dismal earnings for the three-month period that ended Aug. 3. Net income tanked 30% to $11.4 million, or 14 cents a share, from $17.1 million, or 20 cents, a year earlier. Revenue slid 1% to $945.7 million. "The second quarter was more difficult than expected due to weaker traffic and continued softness in the female business, consistent with what others have reported," Chief Executive Mike Jeffries said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Abercrombie & Fitch, the clothing retailer, has caught flak in recent days for controversial comments made in 2006 by its chief executive. The image-conscious company does not make or sell women's clothing in any size above large, which is an issue for some. Its biggest size in women's pants is a 10. A petition on Change.org to pressure the company into changing that policy had drawn 3,674 supporters.  There's also an open letter by a blogger at the Huffington Post addressed to Chief Executive Michael S. Jeffries describing the reasons she won't let her daughters buy Abercrombie & Fitch clothes anymore.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Maybe it's a backlash to booty shorts and over-sexed advertising. Or it's resentment over the resistance to plus-size products. Possibly it's due to the economy, which is still squeezing teens and their parents. Whatever the reason, Abercrombie & Fitch seems to have had a cruel, cruel summer. The controversial mall-based chain on Thursday announced dismal earnings for its second quarter, which ended Aug. 3. Net income tanked 30% to $11.4 million, or 14 cents a share, from $17.1 million, or 20 cents a share, a year earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
You may already have seen the video. “Abercrombie & Fitch is a terrible company,” intones the creator and star, Los Angeles writer Greg Karber. “Their CEO insists on only hiring  attractive people, which is ironic because he looks like this.”  (The video shows a still photo of Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries, whose face seems nearly disfigured by plastic surgery.) In a week already roiling with debate over Jeffries' retailing strategy to clothe only slender, “cool” people, Karber's 2½-minute video has struck a nerve.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Abercrombie & Fitch Co., a retailer of clothes for teens and college students, said Wednesday that third-quarter profit rose on higher sales at its Hollister Co. and children's chains. Net income increased to $117.6 million, or $1.29 a share, from $102 million, or $1.11, a year earlier, the New Albany, Ohio-based company said. Profit beat analysts' estimates by 1 cent. But Abercrombie's fourth-quarter forecast may be lower than some analyst estimates.
NEWS
July 13, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Abercrombie & Fitch threw a party Thursday to launch its 2013 Stars on the Rise campaign, featuring a number of up-and-coming young actors who will appear in the clothier's back-to-school ad campaign. The roster of fresh faces includes Emayatzy Corinealdi (of "Middle of Nowhere"), Halston Sage ("Grown Ups 2"), Jacob Artist ("Glee"), Johnny Ferro ("Children of God"), Scott Eastwood ("Texas Chainsaw 3D"), Taylor Handley ("Chasing Mavericks"), Ashley Hinshaw ("Chronicle"), Alex Kaluzhsky ("The Taking of Pelham 123")
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Not even the briefest of booty shorts could pick Abercrombie & Fitch out of its second quarter slump, as the mall-based retailer and fellow teen apparel companies struggle with weak customer demand. The controversial chain on Thursday announced dismal earnings for the three-month period that ended Aug. 3. Net income tanked 30% to $11.4 million, or 14 cents a share, from $17.1 million, or 20 cents, a year earlier. Revenue slid 1% to $945.7 million. "The second quarter was more difficult than expected due to weaker traffic and continued softness in the female business, consistent with what others have reported," Chief Executive Mike Jeffries said in a statement.
NEWS
August 13, 1998 | ROBIN GIVHAN, WASHINGTON POST
The Abercrombie & Fitch quarterly magazine has won a place of honor on the cocktail tables of gay men from Chelsea to West Hollywood. But these gentlemen are not looking at the clothes. Instead, they are admiring page after page of buff college boys frolicking on campus in Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, pullovers and crew necks. A posse of young men in boxers and roller-skates whoops it up at a dimly lighted rink. Half-dressed guys are pictured with their bedroom eyes staring at the reader.
BUSINESS
December 25, 1987 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
Oshman's Sporting Goods said Thursday that it has ended an agreement to sell its Abercrombie & Fitch division to an investment group headed by Michel Zelnik. However, Oshman's said it intends to pursue the possibility of selling the 27-store chain to "another potential purchaser." It did not say who else might be interested or whether it has received another bid for the struggling chain.
NEWS
July 13, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Abercrombie & Fitch threw a party Thursday to launch its 2013 Stars on the Rise campaign, featuring a number of up-and-coming young actors who will appear in the clothier's back-to-school ad campaign. The roster of fresh faces includes Emayatzy Corinealdi (of "Middle of Nowhere"), Halston Sage ("Grown Ups 2"), Jacob Artist ("Glee"), Johnny Ferro ("Children of God"), Scott Eastwood ("Texas Chainsaw 3D"), Taylor Handley ("Chasing Mavericks"), Ashley Hinshaw ("Chronicle"), Alex Kaluzhsky ("The Taking of Pelham 123")
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Jennifer Aniston will appear in ads for Saks Fifth Avenue's 2013 Key to the Cure Campaign, which raises funds for the Women's Cancer Research Fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Her predecessors as campaign ambassador include Uma Thurman, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Hudson. [WWD] Matt Lauer thinks his former "Today" cohost Katie Couric is a 14 on a scale of 10. He gives her a 9 or 10 on looks and the other points for her personality, he told Howard Stern.  [New York Daily News]
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Don't trifle with fans of Taylor Swift. That seems to be the message delievered to Abercrombie & Fitch after the company offered T-shirts bearing the message "# more boyfriends than t.s.," a nod to the singer's much-talked-about dating history. Cutting to the chase, the shirt - viewable here - is no longer in A&F stores, the retailer says. Whether the shirt was pulled or simply faded away appears to be a matter of debate, however. An A&F rep told Buzzfeed on Friday that the company "set the shirt at the end of February, marked it down in the middle of March and it is no longer available.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Shan Li
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is trying to overcome criticisms that the company excludes "uncool" customers by sponsoring an anti-bullying campaign. The clothing brand said this week it will provide college scholarships, through the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation, to young people who have persevered in the face of bullying and excelled academically. The move may not be enough to quell the backlash as shoppers slam the company for failing to carry larger sizes.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. stumbled hard in its first quarter, with same-store sales diving 15% and profit missing Wall Street's expectations. The company, fresh off a mea culpa over Chief Executive Mike Jeffries' controversial comments about the brand's “exclusivity,” said it lost $7.2 million, or 9 cents a share after losing $21.3 million, or 25 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier. Analysts had expected the loss in the first quarter, which ended May 4, to be 5 cents a share.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The week before the Memorial Day holiday has been a busy one for retailers. Here's a sampling of happenings from Mattel, J.C. Penney and Abercrombie & Fitch. Mattel: As the El Segundo-based toymaker adapts to its newly created North America division, it is reassigning jobs and instituting layoffs at its New York City offices and its Fisher-Price campus in East Aurora, N.Y. About 100 employees will be affected by what Mattel called an “extremely difficult decision” made to help the company “better match resources with the needs of the business.” Some of the workers will be allowed to relocate to Mattel's Southern California headquarters, a move set to wrap up by mid-October, according to a statement issued to The Times on Thursday.
BUSINESS
July 24, 1987 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
Abercrombie & Fitch, which outfitted Theodore Roosevelt's safaris and Robert E. Peary's explorations, is being sold to an investor group by Oshman's Sporting Goods, a Houston-based retailer that has struggled for nine years to build a chain around the legendary name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The scandal over Abercrombie and Fitch's exclusionary marketing strategy, now into its third week, shows no sign of letting up. “You've probably heard about it if you are a teenager, have a teenager or if you like to wear your shorts where most of your butt hangs out,” Ellen DeGeneres said Monday on her show.  She noted that Abercrombie's chief executive has said he won't sell women's clothes larger than size 10, then pulled...
OPINION
May 17, 2013
Re "Abercrombie's pitiful pitch," Perspective, May 14 Robin Abcarian is right that Abercrombie & Fitch's refusal to make clothes for women who aren't skinny smacks of elitism. However, should we embrace the figures - 5 feet 4 inches and 162 pounds - that define the average young American woman? According to the National Institute of Health, that physique registers in the upper range of "overweight. " Medical research has established that those who are overweight or obese suffer health problems generating disproportionate medical expenses, and that modifications in diet and exercise can enable the bulk of overweight or obese people to attain a healthy physique.
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