Consumer >> Analyst Interviews >> September 7, 2009

A Measured Look At Specialty Retail – Margaret Whitfield – Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc.

Margaret Whitfield, who follows companies in the specialty retail sector for Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc., has over 20 years of experience covering consumer stocks. Prior to joining Sterne, Agee & Leach, Ms. Whitfield worked at Ryan Beck covering specialty retail, and prior to that she was at Brean Murray and Tucker Anthony. Earlier she was a Director of Research at FBW Investment Management and a Portfolio Manager at GEICO. Ms. Whitfield was named to The Wall Street Journal All-Star team in 2003 and 2005 in specialty retail. In addition, Ms. Whitfield was named "top retail analyst" in the 2005 Forbes/StarMine poll. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a rundown of what things look like in the specialty

retail space?

Ms. Whitfield: In the first half of this year, the retailers' bottom line has

been buoyed by very