Stacey Widlitz is the president of SW Retail Advisors, a consulting firm with offices in London and New York. She advises institutional investors as well as retailers with a need for International expertise in the consumer sector. Stacey is also a CNBC Contributor.Expand

After receiving an MBA from NYU, Widlitz started her career covering retail equities at PaineWebber (now UBS). She held senior analyst positions at UBS, SG Cowen, Fulcrum Partners and Pali Capital, where she covered an eclectic group from discounters to luxury. After 12 years of covering retail equities, she launched SW Retail Advisors in 2011. She publishes a monthly newsletter "What You Need to Know Across the Retail Pond."Collapse

It was too good to last.
This one seems unlikely to enjoy a second-half recovery.
Its ability to manage margins bodes well for 2014's second half.
The poor handling of the data breach is just one problem.
The activewear retailer leaves quality-control issues in the rearview and resets the bar for upside possibilities.
Don't get caught in this perpetual investor trap.
But should we buy it from Target and Abercrombie & Fitch?
And it's refreshing to hear WMT thinking more about customer experience.
With expectations grim, kitchen-sink 2014 guidance would be welcome.
Losing those cigarette buyers should prove rather expensive.

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