By  on January 12, 2009

Amidst the current retail meltdown, one specialty retailer that has managed to keep its sales up like a pair of spandex-infused leggings is American Apparel. Last week, as most retailers announced dismal December same-store sales — including double-digit declines at competitors such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap and Pacific Sunwear — American Apparel managed to pull out a 3 percent gain. For the full fourth quarter, the Los Angeles-based maker of colorful fashion basics posted a 10 percent comps improvement, even as holiday sales industrywide tanked.

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