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June 08, 2012 at 17:29 PM EDT
Fitch Publishes Third Edition of U.S. Retail Credit Insights Newsletter

Fitch Ratings has published the third edition of its 'U.S. Retail Credit Insights' newsletter. The newsletter provides brief company-specific and sector comments, links and summaries to rating actions and detailed industry reports, and Fitch's views on topical issues.

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The current issue discusses the following topics:

--Upcoming investor events;

--Sector Update highlighting major industry trends including uneven performance between high-end and low-end retailers, opportunities and threats presented by E-commerce growth as well as accelerated downsizing of retail square footage;

--Fitch's expectations for 2012 on select retailers such as J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Sears, Best Buy and RadioShack, based on recently reported first quarter 2012 sales and earnings results;

--Rating actions over the past four months;

--Index of sector reports, statistics, and analysis.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: U.S. Retail Credit Insights

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=680958

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Contacts:

Fitch Ratings
Monica Aggarwal, CFA, +1-212-908-0282
Senior Director
Fitch, Inc.
One State Street Plaza
New York, NY 10004
or
Media Relations
Brian Bertsch, +1-212-908-0549 (New York)
brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com
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