By and  on March 11, 2009

Going against the grain of many youth-oriented retailers, The Buckle Inc. and Hot Topic Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings that exceeded both year-ago levels and analysts’ estimates.

However, American Eagle Outfitters Inc., the largest of the three specialty chains to post results on Wednesday, said lackluster fashion and a weak women’s business contributed to a 76.7 percent fall in its profits for the final quarter of the fiscal year.


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