Back-to-School Stocks: BW's Honor Roll

As summer ends, school looms, and kidsand parentsget ready to restock, Apple and Gap are among the companies poised to benefit

School's out for summer, as Alice Cooper once sang, but the golf-loving metalmeister got the "out forever" part wrong. In fact, the U.S. Education Dept. projects pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade enrollment to increase to 16.5 million in 2006, up 17% from a decade ago. With the student body expanding, a few stocks stand ready to enjoy seasonal back-to-school trends.

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