All Gussied Up At Charming Shoppes

Liz Pierce shops hard. So hard that there have been times she has gotten thrown out of stores. That's because Pierce, pen and pad in hand, probes deep--checking on prices, inventories, and traffic. She's the retailing analyst at Stephens Inc., an investment firm in Little Rock. "In order to make sensible investment judgments, I visit stores of the companies I cover as often as I can," says Pierce.

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