Leading youth-oriented fashion chain Aeropostale Inc on Monday slashed its profit outlook for the year after being hit by dwindling mall traffic which has forced it to reduce prices and inventories. The New York-based operator of about 350 outlets said in a statement it sees October same-store sales down around 15 per cent, third-quarter earnings of 31-33 cents a share and fourth quarter earnings of 30-34 cents a share.