BENSALEM, Pa., March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Charming Shoppes, Inc.
(Nasdaq: CHRS), a leading multi-brand, multi-channel specialty apparel
retailer specializing in women's plus-size apparel, will host its fourth
quarter and fiscal year 2006 earnings conference call on Wednesday, March 15,
2006, at 9:15 am Eastern time. Fourth quarter and fiscal year 2006 results
will be released over the newswires and will be available on Form 8-K prior to
9:15 am Eastern time. Both the fourth quarter earnings release and the Form
8-K will be available at http://www.charmingshoppes.com/investors/index.asp.
Dorrit J. Bern, Chairman, CEO and President, Eric M. Specter, CFO and EVP,
Steven R. Wishner, SVP of Finance, and Gayle M. Coolick, Director of Investor
Relations, will comment on the Company's fourth quarter and fiscal year
results. Prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer period.
To listen to the conference call, please dial 866-225-4091 approximately
10 minutes prior to the scheduled event. The conference call will also be
general public is invited to listen to the conference call via the webcast or
the dial-in telephone number.
A transcript of prepared remarks for the conference call will be
to 9:15 am Eastern time on Wednesday, March 15, 2006.
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.
At January 28, 2006, Charming Shoppes, Inc. operated 2,236 stores in 48
states under the names LANE BRYANT(R), FASHION BUG(R), FASHION BUG PLUS(R),
and CATHERINES PLUS SIZES(R). Additionally, apparel, accessories, footwear
and gift catalogs, including the following titles, are operated by Charming
Shoppes' Crosstown Traders: Old Pueblo Traders, Bedford Fair, Willow Ridge,
Lew Magram, Brownstone Studio, Regalia, Intimate Appeal, Monterey Bay Clothing
Company, Coward Shoe and Figi's. Please visit http://www.charmingshoppes.com
for additional information about Charming Shoppes, Inc.
The Company's earnings press release and conference call will contain
certain forward-looking statements concerning the Company's operations,
performance, and financial condition. 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 implement the Company's business
plan for entry into the outlet store distribution channel, the failure to
implement the Company's business plan for increased profitability and growth
in the Company's retail stores and direct-to-consumer segments, the failure to
successfully implement the Company's expansion of Cacique through new store
formats, the failure to successfully implement the Company's integration of
operations of and the business plan for Crosstown Traders, Inc., adverse
changes in costs vital to catalog operations, such as postage, paper and
acquisition of prospects, declining response rates to catalog offerings,
failure to maintain efficient and uninterrupted order-taking and fulfillment
in our direct-to-consumer 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 and security restrictions and
political or financial instability in countries where goods are manufactured,
the interruption of merchandise flow from its centralized distribution
facilities, competitive pressures, and the adverse effects of natural
disasters, war, acts of terrorism or threats of either, 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 January 29, 2005 and other Company filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Charming Shoppes assumes no duty
to update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or
future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied
therein will not be realized.
SOURCE Charming Shoppes, Inc.
CONTACT: Gayle M. Coolick, Director of Investor Relations, Charming
Shoppes, Inc., +1-215-638-6955