abercrombie fitch Next up is a company known for intentionally racy clothing: Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF). It was the S&P 500's best performer yesterday climbing almost 4% even as the Dow sustained triple digit losses. Abercrombie rose on optimism about its international expansion plans and renewed focus on boosting profitability. The company plans to open several flagship Abercrombie stores in the far east. It also wants to open about 20-more Hollister stores overseas. Abercrombie hit its 52-week high last May. Even with yesterday's rise it's still trading more than 10% below that.Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch plans to open flagship stores in Shanghai and Seoul in 2013 as part of its strategy to expand globally.The Ohio-based retailer will also open 20 international Hollister stores, including its first in Dubai in 2014 under a joint venture agreement with Majid Al Futtaim Fashion. Hollister is an American surfwear brand by Abercrombie & Fitch. Abercrombie & Fitch is also looking to open its first stores in Australia and make its foray into Japanese retail market. Further, the company will open iternational mall-based Abercrombie & Fitch stores within the next 12 months. Abercrombie & Fitch operates around 1,045 stores in North America, Europe and Japan. It offers casual sportswear apparel, including knit and woven shirts, fleece, graphic t-shirts, shorts, jeans and woven pants, sweaters, and outerwear.The reigning state champion Bolles girls tennis team took its first step toward defending its title with a 4-1 win over Creekside in the Region 2-2A playoff opener on Tuesday. Marijke Boers, Chandler Beachy, Mallory Abercrombie and Caroline Crouch all cruised to straight-set singles wins in spot Nos. 2-4. The Times-Union’s All-First Coast Player of the Year, Amanda Keller, had Creekside’s lone point at No. 1, topping Sarah Jane Jones 6-1, 6-3. The Bulldogs advance to Thursday's second round of regionals. REGION 2-3A Bartram Trail had straight-set victories from all five of its singles players en route to a 5-0 win over Paxon. Aubrey French won 6-4, 7-5 at the top spot and her teammates followed suit. The Bears improved to 14-2. REGION 2-1A Episcopal won both of its doubles spots and picked up victories at Nos. 3 and 5 singles to edge Gainesville Oak Hall 4-3. Abby Gist and Laurel Lee both posted 6-0, 6-2 wins at No. 3 and 5 singles, respectively. Gist and Kenzie Kotos had a 6-4, 4-6 (10-3) win at the top doubles spot, while Lee and Taryn Peterson won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 to advance. The Eagles will host P.K. Yonge in Thursday’s second round of regionals. BOYS Stanton cruised into Thursday’s second round of regionals with a 7-0 rout of Bartram Trail in the Region 2-3A playoff opener. REGION 2-2A Ponte Vedra cruised past Bishop Kenny 5-0. The Sharks won all but the No. 2 singles position in straight sets. Casey Austgen, the Times-Union's top player last year, was solid at No. 1, topping Chuck Haddad 6-1, 6-2. The Sharks will visit Bolles on Thursday. Outside of Austgen, Hank Hill, Raines Green, Robert Halvorsen and Drew Byers won for the Sharks. REGION 2-1A Episcopal cruised into the second round of regionals, blanking Gainesville P.K. Yonge 7-0. The Eagles won each position in straight sets. Episcopal will host Providence on Thursday. Michael Koppel (6-1, 6-0), Alex Slappey (6-2, 6-3), Davis Walker (6-2, 6-0), Sid Yarlagadda (6-3, 6-1) and Charlie Conway (6-1, 6-2) all won in singles for the Eagles.