November 30, 2016 / 3:40 PM / a year ago

BRIEF-American Eagle says Q4 gross margin to improve due to low raw material costs, tight inventory

Nov 30 (Reuters) - American Eagle Outfitters Inc

* American Eagle Outfitters Executive - for Q4, we are taking a cautious view amidst choppy mall traffic and tough retail climate -conf call

* American Eagle Outfitters - Plans to open 25 stores next year with at least a thirds of them in new markets -conf call

* American Eagle Exec - Where there were aeropostale stores that were closing or closed next to locations that we had, saw a 2 - 4 comp point drop, it clearly had an impact on Q3 traffic

* American Eagle Exec- Q4 gross margin to improve due to low raw material prices, cotton, fiber costs and tighter inventory compared to year-ago period Further company coverage:

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