American Eagle thrives as peers dive : Teen apparel retailer is consistently at or near the front of the pack for revenue growth, online sales.
On a recent afternoon, college student Michele Jacobs walked into an American Eagle Outfitters store in Manhattan to buy some pieces from its Aerie lingerie line. She left with two bralettes -- plus a jean skirt and a couple pairs of shorts.
"I feel like it's really hard to not spend money when I go in there," said Jacobs, 19, a rising sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. "The majority of my clothing is from American Eagle. All my jeans are from here."
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