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Anne Aylor, Inc.
Determination of Planning Materiality and Tolerable Misstatement MARKS. BEASLEY· FRANK A. BucKLEss ·STEVEN M. GLOVER· DouGLAS F. PRAWITT

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
After completing and discussing this case you should be able to [1] [2]

Determine planning materiality for an audit client Provide support for your materiality decisions

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Allocate planning materiality to financial statement elements

INTRODUCTION

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Anne Aylor, Inc. (Anne Aylor) is a leading national specialty retailer ofhigh-qualitywomen's apparel, shoes, and accessories sold primarily under the "Anne Aylor" brand name. Anne Aylor is a highly __ recognized national brand that defin_s_a _ e dis_tin_t_ c fashion_point of v:iew.--.Anne Aylor merchandise represents classic styles, updated to reflect current fashion trends. Company stores offer a full range of career and casual separates, dresses, tops, weekend wear, shoes and accessories coordinated as part of a total wardrobing strategy. The company places a significant emphasis on customer service. Company sales associates are trained to assist customers in merchandise selection and wardrobe coordination, helping them achieve the "Anne Aylor" look while maintaining the customers' personal styles. The company follows the standard fiscal year of the retail industry, which is a 52-or 53week period ending on the Saturday closest to January 31 of the following year. Net revenue for the year ended January 291 2011 (referred to as fiscal2011) was $1.4 billion and net income was $58 million. At the end of fiscal 2011, the company operated approximately 584 retail stores located in 46 states under the name Anne Aylor. The company's core business focuses on relatively affluent, fashion-conscious professional women with limited shopping time. Substantially all of the company's merchandise is developed in-house by its product design and development teams. Production of merchandise is sourced to 131 independent manufacturers located in 19 countries. Approximately 45 percent; 16 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent of the company's merchandise is manufactured in China, Philippin~s, Indonesia, India, and Vietnam, respectively. Merchandise is distributed to the company's retail stores through a single distribution center, located in Louisville, Kentucky. Anne Aylor stock trades on The New York Stock Exchange and Anne Aylor is required to have an integrated audit of its consolidated financial statements and its internal control over financial reporting in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). As of the close of business on March 11, 2011 Anne Aylor had 48,879,663 shares of common stock outstanding with a trading price of $22.57.

The case was prepared by MarkS. Beasley, Ph.D. and Frank A. Buckless, Ph.D. of North Carolina State University and Steven M. Glover, Ph.D. and Douglas F. Prawitt, Ph.D. of Brigham Young University, as a basis for class discussion. Anne Aylor, Inc. is a fictitious company. All characters and names represented are fictitious; any similarity to existing companies or persons is purely coincidental.

From Case 7.1 of Auditing Cases: An Interactive Learning Approach. Fifth Edition. Mark S. Beasley, Frank A. Buckless, Steven M. Glover, Douglas F. Prawitt. Copyright e 2012 by Pearson Education, Inc. Published by Prentice Hall. All rights reserved 77

Anne Aylor, Inc.

BACKGROUND
Your firm, Smith and Jones, PA., is in the initial planning phase for the fiscal 2012 audit of Anne Aylor, Inc. (i.e., the audit for the year that will end on January 28, 2012). As the audit manager, you have been assigned responsibility for determining planning materiality and tolerable misstatement for key financial statement accounts. Your firm's materiality and tolerable misstatement guidelines have been provided to assist you with this assignment (see Exhibit 1). Donna Fontain, the audit partner, has performed a...
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