Although not as big as mass market or department retailers, specialty retailers employ a large number of workers from sales associates to c-level executives across the globe. Here are the top 12 specialty retailers ranked by the number of full-time equivalent employees:

12.  Aéropostale Inc./3,236

This speciality apparel retailer has struggled recently with top-line results, but last month it announced plans to expand in Asia via licensing deals.

11. Ann Inc./4,250

Known for its Ann Taylor and Loft brands, Ann Inc. is poised for a merger with Ascena Retail Group.

10. Finish Line Inc./4,300

This althetic shoes and apparel retailer recently posted strong sales and earnings as consumers increasingly key into swelling fitness trends.

9. American Eagle Outfitters Inc./7,000

A company that has won the hearts of teens and the wallets of parents, just posted robust sales and profits.

8. Chico’s FAS Inc./7,140

Despite having been hurt by West Coast port closures, Chico’s managed to deliver better margins in its most recent quarter.

7. Abercrombie & Fitch Co./8,000

Abercrombie has a new brand leadership team in place as it works to turn itself around and reconnects with shoppers.

6. Urban Outfitters Inc./8,880

Urban Outfitters recently posted lower earnings, but it beat estimates with results that surprised Wall Street.

5. The Cato Corp./10,000

The company’s brand tagline is “a new statement of style,” and in its most recent monthly sales report sees higher earnings on the horizon.

4. Ascena Retail Group Inc./14,000

Despite bumps in the road amid market repositioning, Ascena is looking at improved results in 2016.

3. Men’s Wearhouse Inc./18,600

This men’s wear retailer recently announced a new chief operating officer as it eyes growth in the market.

2. L Brands Inc./20,200

Both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works have seen strong same-store sales even in the face of robust year-ago figures.

1.  Gap Inc./141,000

Gap’s total number of employees is larger than the combined workforce of each of the other retailers in this list. The company’s brands — Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic — are found in 90 countries.

Source: SEC filings, company reports.


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