Despite recent slower sales in the retail sector,

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

raised its ratings on three clothing retailers.

TJX

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,

Limited

(LTD)

and

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Abercrombie & Fitch

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were each raised to outperform from neutral.

TJX was lately up almost 5%, Limited was up about 4% and Abercrombie was 3% higher.

The

S&P Retail Index

was boosted more than 2% on the news.

TheStreet.com

recently took a look at how the back-to-school season has been bringing

bad news to retailers.