Morningstar Rating

Stock Research and Analysis

by Bridget Weishaar

Bulls Say

Ross Stores performs better in this climate of economic uncertainty than many other apparel retailers.
Ross’s inventory management system and pack-away/close-outs mix allows the company to achieve higher-than-average inventory turns and lower markdown levels.
Complex inventory management system needs and a large buying team with deeply established vendor relationships keep competitors at bay. Read more 

Bears Say

An improvement in the economy could mean that customers trade back up to full-price stores.
As the company expands its store base it might compete more heavily with TJ Maxx stores.
If the economy worsens, consumers may pull back on discretionary purchases, making same-store sales comp expectations difficult to achieve. Read more 

Management

The Ross management team has extensive retail experience, both within and outside of the company. Barbara Rentler was appointed CEO and a member of the board in June 2014. Although new to the position, she is not new to the company. From 2009 to May   Read more 

Profile

Ross Stores operates one of the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chains in the U.S., selling name-brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions   Read more 

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