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Growth spurt slowing at retailer Tilly's

Growth spurt slowing at retailer Tilly's

Any parent with teenagers can tell you how tough it is to keep abreast of their fashion whims. Even more difficult: doing it for a living and making a profit at it.

Tilly's Inc. of Irvine is a specialty retailer that targets teens and young adults with action sports clothing, shoes and accessories.

Tilly's says on its website that it "offers one of the largest assortments of brands and merchandise from the top players in the surf, skate, motocross and lifestyle apparel industries." Company executives declined to discuss Tilly's and its operations.

Tilly's was founded in 1982 by Hezy Shaked and Tilly Levine, opening its first store in Orange County. Shaked is...