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Roundtable Forum: Hardline Retailers

URSULA H. MORAN is a Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc., following specialty hard-good retailers. Prior to joining the firm, she was Director of Retail Operations and Planning for Coach Leatherware, as well as a Retail Industry Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Ms. Moran began her retail career in the executive training program at Bloomingdale's in New York. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Harvard-Radcliffe and an MBA with distinction from Harvard University. Profile
MARK D. MANDEL, CFA, is a Senior Vice President at Robinson-Humphrey, covering specialty hard lines retailers. He was previously associated with ABN Amro, Inc., was an Analyst at Salomon Brothers and also was affiliated with Continental Asset Management and Value Line, Inc. Mr. Mandel received a BS from the University of Arizona and an Masters of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management Profile
BRIAN S. POSTOL is Associate Vice President at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Tulsa University and an MBA from Saint Louis University. Profile
TWST: I'd like to start by asking you to review the performance of the

retail sector over the past six to 12 months. Brian, will you tell us

what stands out as you track the performance of the