While The Gap reported solid earnings for the third quarter, Abercrombie & Fitch continues its downward slide with little hope in sight. In this story from Investor Beat, Motley Fool analysts Morgan Housel and David Hanson discuss which company is a better indicator of the current health of retail, and share their favorite stocks for the upcoming Holiday season.

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The article A Tale of Two Retailers: Gap Versus Abercrombie & Fitch originally appeared on Fool.com.

Alison Southwick has no position in any stocks mentioned. David Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. Fool contributor Morgan Housel has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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