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Subject:  Analyst Comments Date:  1/16/2005  3:38 AM
Author:  tennjed33 Number:  111 of 127

"Williams-Sonoma (WSM NYSE) operates over 500 stores primarily under the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn names that focus on high-end home furnishings and home cookware. In recent quarters the company's performance has been top notch, as high-income shoppers have made their way back to stores quicker than middle-and low-income consumers. Analysts believe the company's future earnings growth will come from Williams-Sonoma Home, which was introduced in catalog form in September and is on track to launch an e-commerce site and a few test retail stores next year. WSH will bring WSM out of the kitchen and into most other rooms in the home, including living room and dining room furniture. The company is virtually debt-free. WMS trades for a slight premium to the average stock, but given its consistently superior track record and excellent earnings quality we believe it is worth every penny. Our 12-month target is $44."
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