NEW YORK -- The WWD index rose 2.63 percent in the week ending Feb. 25, sharply in contrast to the 1.3 percent decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Better than expected earnings lifted the shares of J.C. Penney Co., Caldor Corp., Nordstrom Inc., Fruit of the Loom Inc., and Kellwood Corp. Other notable gainers included Federated Department Stores, VF Corp., Russell Corp. and The Gap.

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