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VF Corp.

VF Corp LogoIn my article “New Year’s Prediction #4: Retail, the Hottest Sector of 2012,” I mentioned I had another retail recommendation up my sleeve for 2012. With more than $9 billion in annual sales, VF Corp. (NYSE:VFC) is the world’s largest apparel company, and it’s easy to see why. The company is responsible for designing and manufacturing apparel, footwear and travel accessories for at least 20 major brands. In Q4 2011, VF Corp.’s sales rose 23% to $2.75 billion compared with $2.23 billion in Q3 2010.

Looking to Q4 2011 , the analyst community predicts 37% sales growth and 32% earnings growth. In the past three months, the analyst community has revised their consensus earnings estimate 7.6% higher. Typically, like with Reynolds American, positive earnings estimates precede future earnings surprises. VF Corp. is anticipated to benefit immensely from strong consumer spending this holiday season. This company also has the fourth-highest dividend yield in the Apparel industry, weighing in at 2.1%.

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