Publicly-Traded Apparel Companies and Their Stock Exchange Symbols

Find Publicly-Traded Apparel Companies on the Stock Exchange

Reprinted with permission from Microsoft Office

The apparel sector of the U.S. retail industry consists of companies that specialize in the sale of clothing in physical retail stores, by e-commerce or by direct response. Most of the largest apparel companies in the U.S. are not privately owned. Each that is publicly traded has its own unique stock exchange symbol, allowing investors and others to easily track the value of shares and other information.

Consumer Spending on Apparel 

Consumer spending in the apparel sector of the retail industry began declining in the third quarter of 2008. While apparel spending showed some signs of recovery in 2010, the 2009 same store sales figures revealed that consumers had traded down in price points, a trend that is generally anticipated whenever unemployment is high and discretionary spending is low.

Apparel sales climbed in small increments in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases yearly consumer spending reports, and the 2015 report includes apparel in a category with similar effectively essential expenditures. The BLS reported an 11.3 percent increase in sales in this sector from 2013 to 2014, and an additional 3.4 percent increase through 2015. Although these figures include other expenditures, there's still a clear upward trend. 

Publicly-Traded Companies 

Companies that are publicly traded on the U.S. Stock Exchange issue securities or shares to investors in an initial public offering or IPO.

These companies must answer to and report to their shareholders. Reporting requirements are set by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and they mandate a certain transparency. Annual 10-K reports and financial statements are available to the public. 

How to Find a Particular Company 

This list of publicly-traded apparel companies in the U.S. retail industry includes their stock symbols for easy research.

It's arranged alphabetically for easy reference. It is not all-inclusive and is subject to change, although not without a bit of press and fanfare. These companies can elect to go private again by effectively buying back all stock, which in most cases would be a mammoth undertaking and would not go unnoticed. 

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co. [ANF]
  • Aeropostale, Inc. [ARO]
  • American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. [AEO]
  • Ann Taylor Stores Corporation [ANN]
  • Bakers Footwear Group, Inc. [BKRS]
  • Benetton Group S.p.A. [BNGPY.PK]
  • Blue Holdings, Inc. [BLHI.PK]
  • The Buckle, Inc. [BKE]
  • Cache, Inc. [CACH]
  • Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. [CMRG]
  • The Cato Corporation [CTR]
  • The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. [PLCE]
  • Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. [CHIC]
  • Charming Shoppes, Inc. [CHRS]
  • Chico's FAS, Inc. [CHS]
  • Christopher & Banks Corporation [CBK]
  • Citi Trends, Inc. [CTRN]
  • Collective Brands, Inc. [PSS]
  • Destination Maternity Corporation [DEST]
  • Dickson Concepts (International) Limited [DCOHF.PK]
  • The Dress Barn, Inc. [DBRN]
  • DSW Inc. [DSW]
  • The Finish Line, Inc. [FINL]
  • Foot Locker, Inc. [FL]
  • The Gap Inc. [GPS]
  • Genesco Inc. [GCO]
  • Guess?, Inc. [GES]
  • The Gymboree Corporation [GYMB]
  • Hot Topic, Inc. [HOTT]
  • J. Crew Group, Inc. [JCG]
  • Jones Apparel Group, Inc. [JNY]
  • Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. [JOSB]
  • Limited Brands, Inc. [LTD]
  • The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. [MW]
  • New York & Company, Inc. [NWY]
  • Nordstrom, Inc. [JWN]
  • Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. [PSUN]
  • Ports Design Limited [PDESF.PK]
  • Retail Ventures, Inc. [RVI]
  • Ross Stores, Inc. [ROST]
  • S&K Famous Brands, Inc. [SKFBQ.PK]
  • Shoe Carnival, Inc. [SCVL]
  • Stage Stores, Inc. [SSI]
  • Stein Mart, Inc. [SMRT]
  • Syms Corp [SYMS]
  • Tween Brands, Inc. [TWB]
  • Urban Outfitters, Inc. [URBN]
  • The Walking Company Holdings, Inc. [WALK.PK]
  • The Wet Seal, Inc. [WTSLA]
  • Zumiez Inc. [ZUMZ]