The following video is from Wednesday's MarketFoolery podcast, in which host Chris Hill, along with analysts Austin Smith and Bryan Hinmon, discuss the top business and investing stories.
Vera Bradley stock rose when the company raised guidance for the holiday quarter. For some reason, however, Vera Bradley makes less money off direct sales than it does with indirect sales. In this segment, the guys give credit to Vera Bradley for getting the business to this point, but they also lay out the challenges ahead. While Coach has demonstrated it can stretch its brand, Vera Bradley has yet to prove it can.
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The relevant video segment can be found between 10:31 and 15:30.
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