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(Here's my first public attempt at a Ranker.  And, it's been a while since ANF was ranked, it looks like).

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Financial AnalysiCompany Being Evaluated                          Competitor #1   Competitor #2  Competitor #3

                 Abercrombie & Fitch                             American Eagle        Gap        The Limited
                 Current Period Year-ago PeriodYear-over-Year    Current Period  Current Period Current Period
                     5/5/01         4/29/00        Growth            5/5/01          5/5/01         5/5/01
Income Statement
  Sales                 263,680        205,006      28.6%                251,548      3,179,656      2,126,845
  Cost of Goods S       165,840        129,603      28.0%                149,678      2,054,482      1,456,297
  Net Income             20,603         16,163      27.5%                 15,545        115,480         30,691
  Shares Outstand       102,885        103,872      -1.0%

Balance Sheet
  Cash & Equivale       123,259        117,357      5.0%                 124,010        663,089        288,946
  Current Assets        275,264        233,416      17.9%                305,222      2,648,050      1,819,927
  Short-term Debt             0              0     No Debt                 4,189      1,029,904              0
  Current Liabili       137,673        111,448      23.5%                131,680      2,658,996        774,707
  Long-term Debt              0              0     No Debt                23,002      1,270,289        400,000

Cash Flow Statement
  Operating Cash         18,656        (10,324)      N/A                 (12,448)        66,047       (142,298)
  Capital Expendi        34,739         52,311     -33.6%                 27,816        311,131        104,271
                                                                                1              1              1
Margins & Ratios . . .                                                                                         Competitors' Average
  Gross Margins            37.1%          36.8%      0.3                    40.5%          35.4%          31.5%     35.8%
  Net Margins               7.8%           7.9%     -0.1                     6.2%           3.6%           1.4%      3.8%
  Cash-to-Debt          No Debt!       No Debt!   No Debt!                   4.56           0.29           0.72      0.39
  Net Cash              123259.0       117357.0     5.0%                  96819.0     -1637104.0      -111054.0 -550446.3
  Fool Flow Ratio           1.10           1.04     6.0%                     1.42           1.22           1.98      1.54
  Cash King Margi          -6.1%         -30.6%     24.5                   -16.0%          -7.7%         -11.6%    -11.8%


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Ranking Rule Makers

1) Brand          Points (0-1)                                  3) Financial Dire Points (0-3)
Familiarity                    1                                Sales Growth                   3
Openness                       0                                Gross Margins                  3
Optimism                       1                                Net Margins                    2
Legitimacy                     1                                Shares Outstandin              3
Inevitability                  0                                Cash-to-Debt                   3
Solitariness                   0                                Fool Flow Ratio                0
Humor                          1                                Expansion Potenti              3
  Subtotal                     4                                  Subtotal                    17

2) Financial Loca Points (0-2)                                  4) Monopoly Statu Points (0-4)
Mass Market Habit              1                                Gross Margins                  2
Gross Margins                  0                                Net Margins                    2
Net Margins                    1                                Net Cash                       4
Cash-to-Debt                   2                                Fool Flow Ratio                4
Fool Flow Ratio                1                                Convenience                    2
Your Interest                  2                                  Subtotal                    14
  Subtotal                     7
                                                                5) Your  Enjoymen              1

                   Total Score               43  Second Tier

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