NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- While retail has been an ugly sector to invest in as of late, Marie Driscoll, retail analyst at Driscoll Advisors, tells TheStreet's Laurie Kulikowski where some bright spots might be found.
Same-store sales for August came in at 3.5%, better than what most analysts had expected following a dismal earnings season for retailers.
Driscoll added that The Gap (GPS), which has yet to report, would be very interesting, since it will be able to shed some light on how the back-to-school season is going.However, she said that the second half of the year will not likely be a boon for all of retail, saying consumers are cautious and value-conscious. Instead, look for individual brand performance, especially from companies such as Under Armour (UA) and VF Corp. (VFC). She expects VF Corp. to do the best, with brands like The North Face and Vans. Driscoll concluded that handbags, footwear and accessories should also do well. -- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich. Follow @BretKenwell