Arnold B. Zetcher, Talbots

In a year that many retailers would rather forget, Talbots Inc. (TLB) stood out as clearly as its trademark bright-red doors. Sales of its classic outfits for women soared 21% through November. And with a staggering 70% of its clothes selling at full price--even as the department stores offered deep discounts--company earnings should rise 85% in the fiscal year ending in January.

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