BENSALEM, Pa., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Charming Shoppes, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRS), the retail apparel chain specializing
in women's plus-size apparel, will host its First Quarter Fiscal 2004 earnings
conference call on Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 9:15 am (EDT). First quarter
earnings results will be released over the newswires prior to 9:15 am (EDT).
The first quarter earnings press release will be available immediately
following its release, at http://www.charming.com/investor/prpull.asp. Later
that same day, first quarter earnings results will be furnished as an 8-K and
will be available at http://www.charming.com/investor/earnings_filings.asp, by
clicking on the "filings at the Securities and Exchange Commission" link.
Dorrit J. Bern, Chairman, CEO and President, Eric M. Specter, CFO and EVP,
and Gayle M. Coolick, Director of Investor Relations, will comment on the
First Quarter and an outlook for Fiscal 2004. Prepared remarks will be
followed by a question and answer period.
To listen to the conference call, please dial 1-800-283-1485 followed by
the passcode 2594# approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled event. The
conference call will also be simulcast at
http://www.charming.com/investor/conferencecalls.asp. The general public is
invited to listen to the conference call via the webcast or the dial-in
A transcript of prepared remarks and an audio replay of the conference
call will be accessible at
http://www.charming.com/investor/conferencecalls.asp starting at approximately
2:00 pm (EDT) on Thursday, May 22, 2003.
The conference call will be recorded on behalf of Charming Shoppes, Inc.
and consists of copyrighted material. It may not be re-recorded, reproduced,
transmitted or rebroadcast, in whole or in part, without the Company's express
written permission. Accessing this call or the rebroadcast represents consent
to these terms and conditions. Participation in this call serves as consent
to having any comments or statements made appear on any transcript, broadcast
or rebroadcast of this call.
Charming Shoppes, Inc., operates 2,245 stores in 48 states under the names
LANE BRYANT(R), FASHION BUG(R), FASHION BUG PLUS(R), CATHERINE'S PLUS
SIZES(R), MONSOON and ACCESSORIZE. Monsoon and Accessorize are registered
trademarks of Monsoon Accessorize Ltd. Please visit www.charmingshoppes.com
for additional information about Charming Shoppes, Inc.
Certain statements made during the conference call will be forward-looking
statements concerning the Company's operations, performance, and financial
condition. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding
future performance, including earnings, sales performance, store openings and
closings, the implementation of the cost reduction plan and other matters.
Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated.
Such risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to: failure to
achieve successful integrations, failure to successfully implement the
restructuring plan and cost reductions, failure to successfully implement the
Company's business plan for increased profitability and growth in the plus-
size women's apparel business, changes in or miscalculation of fashion trends,
extreme or unseasonable weather conditions, economic downturns, a weakness in
overall consumer demand, failure to find suitable store locations, the ability
to hire and train associates, trade restrictions and political or financial
instability in countries where goods are manufactured, the interruption of
merchandise flow to the Company's retail stores from its centralized
distribution facilities, competitive pressures, and the adverse effects of
acts or threats of war, terrorism, or other armed conflict on the United
States and international economies. These, and other risks and uncertainties,
are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal
year ended February 1, 2003.
SOURCE Charming Shoppes, Inc.