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Roundtable Forum: Apparel & Footwear

PEDRO E. BERNAL is a Vice President and Apparel Analyst with Wachovia Securities, Inc. Previously, he was an Associate Analyst with Interstate/Johnson Lane. He has also held various management positions with Wachovia Bank of North Carolina as a Personal Banker and Credit Analyst. A member of the AIMR, Mr. Bernal holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration ' Finance from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Married and a new father, he includes spending time with his family and friends and finding bargains among his personal interests. Profile
LESLIE MCCALL is Senior Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman & Company. She was previously associated with CIBC Oppenheimer. Ms. McCall holds a Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and an MBA from the University of Virginia Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. She is a member of NYSSA, the AIMR, and The Fashion Group International. Ms. McCall is married, has one child, and enjoys shopping and singing the Barney song in her leisure. Profile
FAYE LANDES is a Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. She was previously employed as an analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners, Salomon Smith Barney, PaineWebber and worked in management positions at Slim-Fast Foods, Best Foods and Seagram. Ms. Landes received an AB from Princeton and an MBA from NYU's Stern School. She is married and has four children and in her leisure enjoys skiing, reading contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Profile
CAROL POPE MURRAY is a Director at Salomon Smith Barney. She has covered the Apparel, Footwear, and Textiles industry since 1989. Previously, she was at J.P. Morgan, where she worked in Equity Research and Corporate Finance. Ms. Murray has ranked on the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team since 1997. She also ranked on The Wall Street Journal's All Star Research Team in 2001 (stock picking and earnings accuracy) and 1998 (earnings accuracy). She has a BA from Georgetown University. Ms. Murray is married, has a daughter, and enjoys travel, reading, and music in her spare time. Profile
TWST: Let's start with a status report on the apparel industry. Is it in

better shape today than it was a year ago? Carol?

Ms. Murray: The companies fundamentally are in better shape