By  on July 9, 2010

BEST OF THE MONTH: Nordstrom’s 14.1 percent gain, far better than expected.

WORST OF THE MONTH: Buckle’s 7.3 percent fall wasn’t only worse than expected and the poorest showing of all companies tracked, but marked the former star performer’s third consecutive down month after a string in which it fell only once in 43 months.

BIGGEST UPSIDE: Its New York bedbug issues notwithstanding, Abercrombie & Fitch, expected to post a 2.8 percent gain, checked in at 9 percent, albeit against a year-ago decline of 32 percent.

BIGGEST DOWNSIDE: Again, Buckle, which was expected to be up fractionally, followed by Cato, up 1 percent instead of the 7 percent anticipated.

BEST TEAMWORK: Victoria’s Secret’s 17 percent jump offset Bath & Body Works’ 8 percent slide, leaving Limited Brands up 6 percent.

SECTOR OF THE MONTH: Department stores, with an average gain of 4.2 percent and only one decliner, Stage Stores.

WRESTLING MATCH: Kohl’s 5.9 percent gain missed estimates and Penney’s 4.5 percent increase surpassed them as Macy’s blew by both, rising 6.5 percent.

VALUE PROPOSITION: TJX and Ross’ increases were of the single-digit variety, but both increased second-quarter estimates.

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