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Wall Street Watch Friday:

A Turbulent Ride for Aeropostale

Business appears to be grounded at Aeropostale. The once trendy mall retailer posted uninspiring quarterly results on Thursday after the market close, and the back-to-school shopping season is shaping up to be an even bigger disappointment.

Beyond Olympic Uniforms: Where the Products We Love Are Made

Forget all the hullabaloo over Team USA's much maligned, Chinese-made Olympic uniforms; we're a nation of importers. But importing from where? Check out DailyFinance's unscientific survey of some of America's more popular products and where they're actually made.

Clearance Sales Lured Shoppers to Boost Spending in July

Hot weather and clearance sales drew Americans into stores in July, giving retailers solid sales gains and helping offset worries about jobs and the economy. Three-quarters of retailers reporting results said they beat expectations.

Why Gap Will Never Be Great Again

Gap investors may feel pretty stoked right now. Shares of the company behind Old Navy, Banana Republic, and its namesake apparel chain have been on fire this year. But look closer and you'll see why this former fashion darling is still fading.

The Year's Worst of the Worst in Online Merchants

The whole concept of online commerce hinges on convenience, particularly during the frantic holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, some well-known Web merchants left consumers seriously dissatisfied in the past year.

How to Get Great Deals from Desperate Retailers

The holiday season has been strong for retail sales overall, but some chains have still found lumps of coal in their stockings. And as the holiday season winds down, what's bad for retailers may be good for you.

5 Things to Watch: From Food Stocks to Black Friday

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Actually, make that during Thanksgiving for some retailers. Here's a rundown of some of the items that will shape this holiday week.

What to Watch This Week: New Tablets, Old Retailers

There's never a dull moment on Wall Street, especially when new tablets and old banks are in the way. Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week ahead: The Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet, and earnings reports from Sears, Gap, Hot Topic, Lowes Home Depot and Staples.

Skip the $100 Yoga Pants, Buy Lululemon Stock

The upscale retailer of fashionable fitness apparel came through with another monster quarter this morning. Net revenue soared 39% to $212.3 million, backed by strong consumer-direct sales, brisk expansion, and a stunning 20% spike in comparable-store sales. Earnings grew even faster, climbing 76% to $38.4 million.

Gap's Global Push Brings Retailer to Vietnam, Guam

Building on its ongoing mission to grab a bigger share of the $1.4 trillion global apparel market, Gap will open its first stores in Vietnam and Guam through its franchise channel in the next few months.

Best Deals on High-Quality Back-to-School Clothes

If you're still looking for last-minute back-to-school clothing deals, Cheapism.com has done your homework for you. The review website perused hundreds of items at the nation's biggest retailers to find the best made -- and best priced -- kids' clothes.

Can Athleta Give Gap a Much-Needed Win?

Athleta, a women's sportswear merchant that the Gap bought in 2008, opened its first two East Coast stores in New York this week. At a time when 200 Gap stores are closing, Athleta is sprinting toward its goal of 50 stores by 2013.

Gap Goes to Rome: Italian Store Builds on Global Push

As part of a larger push to bring its classic American design aesthetic to international markets -- and build on its recent Italian successes -- Gap will debut a flagship store in Rome on Via del Corso, a key shopping area, on Saturday.

7 Free Shipping Options for E-Retailers

Online retailing is big business, and growing. As virtual storefronts become major revenue generators, many retailers are realizing the value of free shipping, which has the potential to greatly increase sales. Consider these seven promotional strategies, good for consumers and investors.

Why You Should Shop Carefully for Retail Stocks

Retail stocks surged Thursday, as June same-store sales sparked investor euphoria. The jump probably stood out even more sharply against a still-tough economy for many U.S. consumers. However, if this sudden elation has you thinking about snapping up retail shares yourself, make sure you shop with more than a little caution.

Gap Cash-Back Rebate Gives 20% Off

Save 20% with a Gap cash back rebate through Shortcuts.com, a coupon site that is adding cash-back deals a la Ebates and ShopAtHome. Plus, get free...

Week in Preview: Retail Earnings in the Spotlight

Many of America's best-known retailers, including Walmart, Home Depot and JCPenney, will be stepping into the earnings spotlight this week. Their reports come on the heels of disappointing January retail sales numbers from the Commerce Department.

Gap Coupon for 40% Off Wednesday Only

Save 40% off one regular priced item at Gap stores tomorrow, Feb. 16, 2011, with this Gap coupon. Pay with your Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic card...

Gap Coupons for 20% to 40% Off

If you're not able to get into a Gap store today and use this Gap coupon for 40% off, shop online and get 20% off your entire purchase with coupon...

Even Record Snows Couldn't Stop Shoppers

Much to retailers' surprise, old man winter didn't deter consumers from the post-holiday clearance sales. Merchants posted better-than-expected January results despite the dreadful weather that had caused many analysts to cool their forecasts.

Gap Coupon for 40% Off, Tomorrow Only

Gap is sweetening "hump day" with a 40% off coupon valid on one regular-priced item tomorrow, Feb. 2, 2011. Valid in stores only. Make sure to print...

Gap Coupon for 30% Off

Get 30% off sale items online with Gap coupon code GAPSALE30 through Jan. 30, 2011. Make sure to enter the coupon code while checking out to get this...

Gap Coupon for 40% Off Today Only

Print this Gap coupon for 40% off one regular priced item in stores today, Jan. 12, 2011, only. Pay with your Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic card...

Gap Coupon for 15% to 25% Off

Use Gap coupon code GAPSAVENOW to get 15% to 25% off your entire online order. Shop today and get 25% off. Wait until Tuesday and the discount drops...

Gap Test Drives Apple's iPhone Point-of-Sale System

I'm a big admirer of the sleek point-of-sale system that allows Apple Store employees to run credit card transactions on iPhones or iPod Touch devices. Now, Apple is going to offer its POS system to other retailers, a move that could create a multifaceted win for Apple's enterprise business.

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.