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NEW YORK ( Trefis) -- Teen apparel retailers endured a nightmarish 2011.
Starting with the jump in cotton prices to the economic slowdown in U.S. and Europe, different combinations of negative factors ensured that investors remain bearish on the teen apparel stocks throughout the year.
Aeropostale (ARO - Get Report) was the biggest loser among these companies, losing nearly 40% of its stock value since January 2011, followed by Urban Outfitters (URBN - Get Report) and Gap (GPS - Get Report).Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) stood strong until November, when it got smacked after its European growth began showing signs of tapering, closing out the year 15% below its value in January 2011. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO - Get Report) was the only gainer among teen retailers in 2011, ending the year with a meager increase of 7%, thanks to a late surge after a promising third quarter and holiday sales results. Below we look at the major hurdles and silver lining for teen apparel retailers in 2011, and how prominently we expect each of these factors to impact teen retailers going ahead in 2012. See our full analysis for Abercrombie & Fitch