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This Weekend's Best Deals

Every Friday, we scan the weekly ads, deal sites and retailer marketing emails to find the best deals available for the coming week. Here are a few of the best freebies and limited-time offers we found.

Abercrombie's Got Its Own Image Situation

Abercrombie & Fitch has caused a ruckus by announcing that it plans to pony up a "substantial payment" to Jersey Shore's six-pack flashing Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino not to wear its apparel. Before the retailer scolds reality-TV stars, it should examine its own checkered past.

A&F Asks 'The Situation' to Stop Wearing Its Gear

Abercrombie & Fitch has offered to pay Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, a cast member on MTV's "Jersey Shore," money to stop wearing its clothes. But does the brand really hate Sorrentino, or is the move simply a way to score a free affiliation with the star?

Aeropostale: Cheap Clothes, Cheaper Stock

Aeropostale, the cheap-but-stylish clothing store for young teens, is sitting squarely in the stock market's bargain bin. The company has encountered some setbacks of late, sending its share price down. But none of its problems should prove lasting, and Aeropostale has three noteworthy opportunities right now.

Are There Any Bargain Stocks in Teen Retail?

Despite the dismal economy, some investors have been snapping up teen retail stocks, driving their prices higher. But the combination of high fashion and high prices doesn't necessarily earn a company a premium price tag, or a place in a well-managed portfolio. Keep these metrics in mind to separate the bargains from the poseurs.

The Most Expensive Gift at 12 American Retailers

Want to be an extra-generous Santa in 2010? Try buying the most expensive item at each of 12 popular U.S. retailers. According to an unscientific survey by 24/7 Wall St, that would set you back nearly $15 million (thanks mainly to a visit to Tiffany).

November Sales Put Retailers in a Merry Mood

Major retailers got an early Christmas present this year: Better-than expected November sales. The nation's largest merchants posted 6% sales growth in November compared to 2009, far ahead of the 3% to 4% growth forecast by most analysts. But holiday shoppers are expected to continue their bargain hunting in December.

November Sales Should Be Strong for Retailers

With Black Friday providing a strong kick start to the holiday shopping season, retailers are expected to see increases of 3% to 4% over last year when they post their November sales figures on Thursday.

Retailers Cut Corners to Avoid Apparel Price Hikes

Expect your T-shirts to get a little bit thinner next year -- and maybe even a little more expensive. Apparel retailers are looking high and low for ways to keep from passing on too much of their own rising costs to consumers. The trick: Doing it without compromising on quality.

Retailers Prepare for an Uninspiring 2011

As retailers wrapped up their third-quarter earnings reports this week, most merchants said they're back in cost-control mode and will tighten inventories after the holidays. With shoppers still spending cautiously and costs on the rise, profit growth will have to come from squeezing more juice out of slowly rising sales.

Abercrombie & Fitch Posts Quarterly EPS of 56 Cents

Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) reported earnings of 56 cents per share for the quarter ending Oct. 30, up from 44 cents per share a year earlier. Net sales rose 18% to $885.8 million, including direct-to-consumer sales, the retailer said in a statement. Sales at stores open at least one year rose 7%.

Week in Preview: Retail Earnings Due This Week

Last week, Macy's and JCPenney kicked off the retail earnings season by posting better-than-expected earnings for the most recent quarter. But the news may not continue to be so good as many more quarterly reports from retailers come in this week. Walmart, for example, is expected to buck the trend.

Retail Earnings: Summer Slowdown Will Roll Into Fall

After a stronger-than-expected spring, the doldrums have hit summer harder than usual. Merchants' second-quarter reports were shot through with disappointment over the slow economic recovery and a sense that retailers will have to work hard to boost sales the rest of 2010.

Abercrombie & Fitch Reports Earnings of $19.5 Million

Clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) reported earnings of $19.5 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $26.7 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, a year earlier. Net sales for the second quarter, including direct-to-consumer net sales, gained 17% to $745.8 million, the company said in a statement. Comparable store sales rose 5%.

Bedbugs: They're Popping Up Everywhere and Bleeding Us Dry

Bedbugs are back, and they're worse than ever. While pesticides have kept the pests under control for decades, EPA decisions to ban several classes of chemicals have benefited the bugs. And between lawsuits and pricey eradication, the bloodsuckers are biting Americans in the wallet.

Bedbugs Cause Abercrombie & Fitch to Close Second Store

Trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has discovered bedbugs in a second New York City store and closed it Friday. The shuttering of the South Street seaport store follows the closing of A&F's Hollister flagship shop in the city's posh Soho district due to the blood-sucking insects.

Bedbugs Bedevil Hollister Store

For years, dissatisfied customers have griped that Abercrombie and Fitch bleeds its customers dry; on Wednesday, they were proven literally right when the flagship store of Hollister, the retailer's teen-oriented chain, closed its doors amid evidence of a bedbug infestation.

The Dark Side of the 'Prada Look': Discrimination

The fashion industry's trend toward discrimination over physical attributes has moved off the runways and into retailers. A former senior retail manager at Prada Japan and two other employees, have accused the famed fashion house of sexual harassment and appearance-based discrimination.