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Profitability & Growth : 3/10

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Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Apparel Stores
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Hot Topic, Inc., was incorporated in California in 1988. The Company is a mall and web-based specialty retailer of apparel, accessories, music and gift items for young men and women whose lifestyles reflect a passion for music, fashion and pop culture. The Company operates under two concepts: Hot Topic and Torrid. Music and pop culture are the overriding inspirations at Hot Topic, and Torrid is focused on providing the best in fashion to young plus-size women. At Hot Topic stores, the Company sells a selection of licensed and non-licensed apparel, accessories and gift items that are influenced by popular music artists and pop culture trends. It also sells a limited assortment of music CDs and DVDs. Its merchandise is designed to appeal to young men and women who are passionate about and have diverse tastes in music and pop culture. Hot Topic's music/pop culture-licensed merchandise includes tee shirts, hats, stickers, novelty accessories, CDs and DVDs and the music/pop culture-influenced merchandise includes women's and men's apparel and accessories, such as woven and knit tops, skirts, pants, shorts, jackets, shoes, costume jewelry, body jewelry, intimate apparel, sunglasses, cosmetics, leather accessories and gift items. At Torrid stores, the company sells on-trend fashion apparel, lingerie and accessories inspired by and designed to fit the young, voluptuous woman who wears a size 12 and up. Torrid sells both branded and private label merchandise that includes casual and dressy jeans and pants, fashion and novelty tops, sweaters, skirts, jackets, dresses, hosiery, shoes, intimate apparel and fashion accessories. The Company competes with numerous retailers for vendors, teenage and young adult customers, suitable store locations and qualified associates and management personnel.

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