Question;Case 7-10 SPECIALITY RETAILER ? DEBT VIEW;In this;case, we review the debt of several specialty retail stores. The companies;reviewed and the year-end dates are as follows:1. Abercrombie & Fitch Co.(52-week fiscal year ended January 29,2011, 52-week fiscal year ended;January 30, 2010, 52-week fiscal year ended January 31, 2009);??Abercrombie * Fitch Co? is a specialty retailer that operates stores and;websites selling casual sportswear apparel.?? 10-K2. Limited Brands, Inc.;(52-week fiscal year ended January 29,2011, 52-week fiscal year ended January;30, 2010, 52-week fiscal year ended January 31, 2009);??We operate in the highly competitive specialty retail business.?? 10-K3. Gap Inc.(52-week fiscal year ended January 29,2011, 52-week fiscal year ended;January 30, 2010, 52-week fiscal year ended January 31, 2009) ??We are a global;specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care;products.?? 10-K;Required;a.;Comment on the relative times interest earned between the companies.;b.;Comment on the relative fixed charge coverage for each company.;c.;Comment on the relative times interest earned vs. the fixed charge coverage.;Why is the times interest earned materially higher than the fixed charge;coverage?;d. Why;is the debt/equity materially more than the debt ratio?;e.;Considering the debt ratio, comment on the relative debt position of these;companies.;f. Why;is the debt to tangible net worth usually higher than the debt/equity ratio?;Case 6-4 TECHNOLOGY;??3M is a diversified technology company with a global;presence in the following businesses: Industrial and Transportation, Health;Care, Consumer and Office, Safety, Security and Protection Services, Display;and Graphics, and Electro and Communications. 3M is among the leading manufacturers;of products for many of the markets it serves. Most 3M products involve;expertise in product development, manufacturing and marketing, and are subject;to competition from products manufactured and sold by other technologically;oriented companies?
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