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The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2007 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results and Provides Update On Strategic Review

 -- Company to Exit the Disney Store North America Chain
 -- Company to Cut $12.0 Million out of Annualized Administrative
    Expense
 -- Company Plans to Reduce Fiscal 2008 Capital Expenditures by at
    Least 50%
 -- Q407 Loss Per Share of $2.01 Includes Impairment Charges & Other
    Costs Related to the Exit of the Disney Store North America
    Business

SECAUCUS, N.J., March 20, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCE) today announced its fiscal 2007 fourth quarter and full year financial results and also announced several important actions the Company is taking as a result of its strategic review process.

SUMMARY OVERVIEW OF FISCAL 2007 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR RESULTS


 * Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter increased 4% to
   $670.9 million.
 * Consolidated comparable store sales for the fourth quarter
   increased 3%.
 * The Company's fourth quarter net loss was $58.5 million, or
   $2.01 per share for the thirteen-week period compared to net
   income of $44.7 million, or $1.48 per share in the fourteen-week
   period last year.

 * Consolidated sales for the fiscal year increased 7% to
   $2,162.6 million.
 * Consolidated comparable store sales for the fiscal year increased
   2%
 * Net loss for the full year was $59.6 million, or $2.05 per share,
   compared to net income of $87.4 million, or $2.92 per share last
   year.

A full overview of our fiscal 2007 fourth quarter and full year financial results is included below.

UPDATE ON STRATEGIC REVIEW -- KEY ACTIONS & PRIORITIES

As part of the Company's strategic review process first announced in October 2007, the Company is taking the following actions:


 1. Exiting the Disney Store North America business
 2. Enhancing Profitability through Workforce Reduction
 3. Reducing Planned 2008 Capital Expenditure Budget
 4. Inventory Strategy Update

Chuck Crovitz, Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc., commented, "The corporate actions announced today are consistent with the strategic priorities we put forth at the end of 2007. Given the challenging macro-economic environment, we believe the steps we are taking today, while difficult, will put The Children's Place in position to realize its full potential. We remain firmly focused on executing our initiatives to increase sales and streamline operations, and believe that we will drive profitable growth over the long-term. We believe The Children's Place brand, as a leading value player in the specialty children's apparel arena, is well-positioned in this environment."

1. Exiting the Disney Store North America Business

The Company has decided to exit the Disney Store North America ("DSNA") business after a thorough review of the operation, its potential for earnings growth, its capital needs and its ability to fund such needs from its own resources. The DSNA business is conducted by the Company's subsidiaries Hoop Holdings LLC and Hoop Holding Canada, Inc. under a license from The Walt Disney Company.

The Company and Hoop are actively pursuing alternatives for immediately implementing the exit from the DSNA business. These include a possible disposition by Hoop of a substantial portion of the business or other means to terminate its operations. The Company and Hoop are in an advanced phase of discussions with The Walt Disney Company regarding the terms under which Disney might regain ownership and control of approximately two-thirds of the existing stores. Hoop and the Company intend to disclose the arrangements for exiting the DSNA business in the very near term.

In addition to costs that will be incurred by the Hoop subsidiaries in connection with exiting the DSNA business, at this time the Company expects that it may incur pre-tax cash exit costs in the range of $50 million to $100 million, payable over a period of time. Reflecting its decision to exit the business, the Company recognized a pre-tax asset impairment charge of $80.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, as described below.

Unrelated to the Company's decision to exit the business, Hoop recently received notices of several material breaches under its license agreement with The Walt Disney Company. Hoop believes it has cured some of the asserted breaches and intends to cure or to assert defenses to other asserted breaches.

2. Enhancing Profitability through Workforce Reduction

Consistent with its plans to exit the DSNA business and in connection with the review of its expense structure, the Company is implementing a workforce reduction to enhance profitability. Specifically, the Company plans to eliminate approximately 80 current positions from its shared services workforce which is on top of approximately 50 open positions the Company has determined not to fill, for a combined reduction in size of approximately 30%. The Company expects to realize annualized savings of approximately $12.0 million, pre-tax, which represented 11% of its fiscal 2007 shared services expense. The Company expects to incur expenses in association with this workforce reduction of $1.5 million to $2.0 million, pre-tax, in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, primarily relating to severance costs.

Beyond the workforce reduction, the Company is committed to streamlining operations to generate efficiencies that are expected to benefit the Company in future periods.

3. Reducing Planned 2008 Capital Expenditure Budget

Reflecting the Company's planned exit of the DSNA business, coupled with capital expense reductions at its core Children's Place brand, the Company now anticipates spending $65 million to $75 million in fiscal 2008, more than 50% below its previously announced fiscal 2008 capital expenditure level of $150 million, and over 60% below its capital spending level of $200 million in fiscal 2007. Of the anticipated spend, $55 million reflects new store openings, remodels and maintenance and approximately $15 million reflects information technology and other initiatives. The primary drivers of the Company's anticipated capital expenditure reduction are the decisions pertaining to exiting of the DSNA business and the Company's decision not to move forward with the build out of its new corporate headquarters.

4. Inventory Strategy Update

The Company continues to make progress related to its inventory investment strategy. At the end of the fourth quarter, inventory per square foot was up 9% at The Children's Place brand, below the Company's previous guidance of an increase in the low-teens range. Further, the Company expects Children's Place inventory per square foot to be flat to low single digit increases in year-over-year at the end of the first quarter and further anticipates that its inventory position will be below last year's levels on a per square foot basis at the end of the second quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER & FULL YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS

Fiscal 2007 Fourth Quarter


 * Consolidated net sales for the thirteen-weeks ended
   February 2, 2008, increased 4% to $670.9 million compared to
   $645.2 million for the fourteen-weeks ended February 3, 2007.
   Fourth quarter sales were comprised of $443.4 million from The
   Children's Place brand, a 6% increase over last year, and
   $227.5 million from Disney Store, flat to last year.
 * Consolidated comparable store sales for the 13 weeks ended
   February 2, 2008, increased 3%.  The Children's Place brand's
   comparable store sales increased 7% on top of last year's 2%
   increase.  Disney Store's comparable store sales decreased 4%
   versus last year's 14% increase.
 * The Company's fourth quarter net loss was $58.5 million, or $2.01
   per share for the thirteen-week period compared to net income of
   $44.7 million, or $1.48 per share in the fourteen-week period
   last year.  As a reminder, last year's extra fiscal week generated
   $29.5 million in sales, and earnings per share of $0.04. Included
   in the fourth quarter 2007 net loss are certain significant items
   including:
   * Approximately $95.1 million, pre-tax, in asset impairment
     charges, including $80.3 million in impairments related to the
     decision to exit the DSNA business; $14.8 million in impairments
     related to the decision to cease construction of the building
     the Company had planned to use as its corporate headquarters
   * Approximately $12.0 million, pre-tax, in other costs, which
     comprised $6.1 million in costs associated primarily with the
     cancellation of the Disney Store remodeling program and
     $5.9 million in lease exit costs related to the Company's
     decision not to move forward with the building it had planned to
     use as its corporate headquarters.
   * $6.1 million in tax provisions related to the Company's
     decision to repatriate a portion of retained earnings of its
     overseas subsidiaries.  As part of the decision to exit the DSNA
     business, the Company repatriated approximately $45 million of
     its foreign earnings in order meet obligations pertaining to its
     Disney Store subsidiaries.
   * $4.8 million, pre-tax, in accelerated depreciation and Disney
     Store refresh expense
   * $3.6 million, pre-tax, in wrap-up fees and tender offer
     resulting from the Company's 2006 stock option investigation
     and the filing of its delinquent financial reports and other
     audit fees
   * $2.0 million, pre-tax, in costs associated with the Company's
     strategic review process.
   * $0.7 million, pre-tax, in executive severance
 * Excluding these items, fourth quarter net income was $20.5 million.
   Net income excluding these items is a non-GAAP measure. The
   Company believes the excluded items are not indicative of the
   performance of its core business and that by providing this
   supplemental disclosure to investors it may facilitate comparisons
   of its past and future performance.  For a reconciliation of net
   loss as reported to adjusted net income please see the attached
   table.
 * Basic shares outstanding in the fourth quarter were 29.1 million.
   Had the Company generated income in the fourth quarter, diluted
   shares outstanding would have been approximately 29.3 million.
 * During the fourth quarter, the Company opened seven Children's
   Place stores and closed ten.  In addition, the Company opened
   fifteen Disney Stores and closed eight.

Fiscal Year 2007



 * Consolidated sales for the fifty-two weeks ended February 2, 2008,
   increased 7% to $2,162.6 million, compared to $2,017.7 million
   for the fifty-three weeks ended February 3, 2007.  Fiscal 2007
   sales were comprised of $1,520.4 million from The Children's
   Place, an 8% increase over last year, and $642.2 million in sales
   from Disney Store, a 5% increase over last year.
 * Consolidated comparable store sales for the 52 weeks ended
   February 2, 2008, increased 2% on top of last year's 11% increase.
   The Children's Place brand's comparable store sales increased 3%
   on top of last year's 10% increase.  Disney Store's comparable
   store sales were flat compared to last year's 14% increase.
 * Net loss for the full year was $59.6 million, or $2.05 per share,
   compared to net income of $87.4 million, or $2.92 per share last
   year.  As a reminder, last year's extra fiscal week generated
   $29.5 million in sales, and earnings per share of $0.04. Included
   in fiscal 2007's net loss are several significant items:
   * Approximately $95.1 million, pre-tax, in asset impairment
     charges, as discussed in detail above
   * Approximately $12.0 million, pre-tax in other costs, as
     discussed in detail above
   * $6.1 million in tax provisions, as discussed in detail above
   * $10.5 million, pre-tax, in accelerated depreciation and Disney
     Store refresh expense
   * $11.7 million, pre-tax, in wrap-up fees and tender offer
     resulting from the Company's 2006 stock option investigation the
     filing of its delinquent financial reports and other audit fees
   * $4.7 million, pre-tax, in executive severance
   * $2.2 million, pre-tax, in costs associated with the Company's
     strategic review
 * Excluding the impact of these items, fiscal 2007 net income was
   $30.1 million. Net income excluding these items is a non-GAAP
   measure. The Company believes the excluded items are not
   indicative of the performance of its core business and that by
   providing this supplemental disclosure to investors it may
   facilitate comparisons of its past and future performance.  For a
   reconciliation of net loss as reported to adjusted net income
   please see the attached table.
 * Basic shares outstanding for the full year were 29.1 million.
   Had the Company generated income for the full year, diluted shares
   outstanding would have been 29.7 million.
 * During fiscal 2007, the Company opened 54 Children's Place stores
   and closed sixteen.  In addition, the Company opened 15 Disney
   Stores and closed eight.

Chuck Crovitz, Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc., commented, "By any measure, fiscal 2007 was a very tough year for our Company. For the majority of the year, our merchandise assortments at The Children's Place brand did not resonate with the consumer and our inventory levels were too high, particularly given the challenging economic environment. We believe, however, that the changes we have made to our merchandising strategy should put us in better position going forward. At Disney Store, we also owned too much inventory for the majority of the year, and, as it pertains to the fourth quarter, results were further impacted by late deliveries, difficult year-over-year comparisons and a lack of enthusiasm for toys this holiday season."

The Company's fiscal 2006 fourth quarter and full year results also have several significant items that it does not believe are indicative of the core business. For further detail, please see the attached table.

Mr. Crovitz concluded, "As we look ahead, while the environment is currently challenging, at this time we anticipate growing sales in the mid-single digits in 2008 which will be driven in part by 30 new store openings in the latter part of the year. Selling, general and administrative expense as a percent to sales are anticipated to be flat year-over-year, reflecting the Company's workforce reduction and other expense reduction initiatives, partially offset by the absorption of shared services expense."

Conference Call Information

The Children's Place will host a conference call to discuss today's announcements at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by dialing (785) 424-1071 and providing the Conference ID, PLCE. The call will also be webcast live and can be accessed via the Company's web site, www.childrensplace.com. A replay of the call will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call, until midnight on March 27, 2008. To access the replay, please dial (402) 220-0116, or you may listen to the audio archive on the Company's website, www.childrensplace.com.

About The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc.

The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. is a leading specialty retailer of children's merchandise. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells high-quality, value-priced merchandise under the proprietary "The Children's Place" and licensed "Disney Store" brand names. As of February 2, 2008, the Company owned and operated 904 The Children's Place stores and 335 Disney Stores in North America and The Children's Place online store at www.childrensplace.com.

This press release (and above referenced call) may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding future circumstances. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the "Risk Factors" section of its reports of Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Risks and uncertainties relating to the exit of the Disney Store North America operations, and other elements of the Company's strategic review, the restatement of the Company's historical financial information, the Company's historical stock option granting practices and other historical practices identified as material weaknesses as described in the Company's filings on December 5, 2007, the delays in scheduling of the Company's fiscal 2006 shareholder meeting, the outcome of the informal investigation of the Company being conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, potential other governmental proceedings, the shareholder litigation commenced against the Company and certain of its officers and directors also could cause actual results, events and performance to differ materially. Readers (or listeners on the call) are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.


               THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
             CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
               (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                          (Unaudited)

                      13 Weeks     14 Weeks     52 Weeks     53 Weeks
                       Ended:       Ended:       Ended:       Ended:
                     ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------
                       Feb. 2,      Feb. 3,      Feb. 2,      Feb. 3,
                     ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------
                        2008         2007         2008         2007
                     ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------

 Net sales           $  670,871   $  645,180   $2,162,559   $2,017,713
 Cost of sales,
  excluding
  depreciation          420,332      363,192    1,364,096    1,189,300
                     ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------

 Gross profit           250,539      281,988      798,463      828,413
 Selling, general
  and administrative
  expenses              207,285      192,013      698,590      625,490
 Asset impairment
  charges                95,269       16,649       96,851       17,066
 Other costs             12,020          761       12,020          761
 Depreciation and
  amortization           22,844       19,309       79,700       65,701
                     ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------

 Operating (loss)
  /income               (86,879)      53,256      (88,698)     119,395
 Interest expense
  /(income), net          1,163       (1,590)          53       (3,933)
                     ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------

 (Loss)/income before
  income taxes          (88,042)      54,846      (88,751)     123,328
 (Benefit) provision
  for income taxes      (29,549)      10,185      (29,184)      35,938
                     ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------
 Net (loss)/income   $  (58,493)  $   44,661   $  (59,567)  $   87,390
                     ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========

 Basic net (loss)
  /income per
  common share       $    (2.01)  $     1.54   $    (2.05)  $     3.03
 Basic weighted
  average common
  shares and
  common shares
  equivalents
  outstanding            29,107       29,084       29,090       28,828

 Diluted net
  (loss)/income
  per common share   $    (2.01)  $     1.48   $    (2.05)  $     2.92
 Diluted weighted
  average common
  shares and
  common share
  equivalents
  outstanding            29,107       30,096       29,090       29,907


               THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                            (In thousands)
                              (Unaudited)

                                                   Feb. 2,     Feb. 3,
                                                    2008        2007
                                                  --------    --------

 Current assets:

 Cash and investments                             $ 82,076    $189,665
 Accounts receivable                                45,698      35,173
 Inventories                                       285,280     239,039
 Other current assets                               97,822      59,227
                                                  --------    --------

 Total current assets                              510,876     523,104

 Property and equipment, net                       357,458     341,739
 Other assets, net                                 129,203      72,142
                                                  --------    --------

 Total assets                                     $997,537    $936,985
                                                  ========    ========

 Current liabilities:

 Revolving credit facility                        $ 88,976    $      0
 Accounts payable                                   80,807      80,469
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities    140,673     158,886
                                                  --------    --------

 Total current liabilities                         310,456     239,355

 Other liabilities                                 214,809     175,843
                                                  --------    --------

 Total liabilities                                 525,265     415,198

 Stockholders' equity                              472,272     521,787
                                                  --------    --------

 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity       $997,537    $936,985
                                                  ========    ========


               THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
                          SEGMENT INFORMATION
                             (In millions)
                              (Unaudited)

                             Thirteen Weeks Ended February 2, 2008
                         --------------------------------------------
                           The
                        Children's    Disney      Shared       Total
                          Place       Store      Services     Company
                         --------    --------    --------    --------
 Net sales               $  443.4    $  227.5    $     --    $  670.9
 Asset impairment
  charges                    15.0        80.3          --        95.3
 Segment operating
  profit (loss)              35.0       (92.1)      (29.8)      (86.9)
   Operating profit
    (loss) as a percent
    of net sales              7.9%      (40.5)%       N/A       (13.0)%


                             Fourteen Weeks Ended February 3, 2007
                         --------------------------------------------
                           The
                        Children's    Disney      Shared       Total
                          Place       Store      Services     Company
                         --------    --------    --------    --------

 Net sales               $  416.8    $  228.4    $     --    $  645.2
 Asset impairment
  charges                      --        16.6          --        16.6
 Segment operating
  profit (loss)              70.8        10.2       (27.7)       53.3
   Operating profit as
    a percent of net
    sales                    17.0%        4.5%        N/A         8.3%


                               52 Weeks Ended February 2, 2008
                         --------------------------------------------
                           The
                        Children's    Disney      Shared       Total
                          Place       Store      Services     Company
                         --------    --------    --------    --------

 Net sales               $1,520.4    $  642.2    $     --    $2,162.6
 Asset impairment
  charges                    16.6        80.3          --        96.9
 Segment operating
  profit (loss)             125.6      (107.3)     (107.0)      (88.7)
   Operating profit
    (loss) as a percent
    of net sales              8.3%      (16.7)%       N/A        (4.1)%


                               53 Weeks Ended February 3, 2007
                         --------------------------------------------
                           The
                        Children's    Disney      Shared       Total
                          Place       Store      Services     Company
                         --------    --------    --------    --------

 Net sales               $1,405.4    $  612.3    $     --    $2,017.7
 Asset impairment
  charges                     0.4        16.7          --        17.1
 Segment operating
  profit (loss)             204.5        11.4       (96.5)      119.4
   Operating profit as
    a percent of net
    sales                    14.6%        1.9%        N/A         5.9%


               THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
       RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
                             (In millions)
                              (Unaudited)

                                                    13 Weeks  14 Weeks
                                                     Ended     Ended
                                                    2/2/2008  2/3/2007
                                                    ------------------
 (Loss)/Income before income taxes                   $(88.0)   $ 54.8

 Asset impairment charges:
   -Exit Disney Store business                         80.3        --
   -Write-off construction of future corporate
    headquarters                                       14.8        --
   -'Mickey' Store impairment                                     9.6
   -Write-offs related to the decision not to
    proceed with the 42nd St. in New York City and
    infrastructure investments that were made in
    connection with the Disneystore.com                  --       7.1

 Other costs:
   -Lease exit costs related to the future corporate
    headquarters                                        5.9       0.9
   -Cancellation of Disney store remodeling program     6.1        --

 Disney Store "maintenance and refresh" expense         3.9        --

 Accelerated depreciation on 'Mickey' Stores            0.9        --

 Costs paid or accrued for the stock option
  investigation, the filing of delinquent SEC
  reports and the re-mediation of tax implications
  related to stock options, including a tender
  offer in 2007 and incremental external audit fees     3.6      10.5

 Executive severance                                    0.7        --

 Costs associated with the strategic review process     2.0        --
                                                     ----------------
 Aggregate impact of significant items                118.2      28.1
                                                     ----------------
 Adjusted income before taxes                          30.2      82.9

 Taxes as reported:                                    29.5     (10.2)

 Income tax effect of significant items noted above   (45.3)    (11.2)

 Tax provision related to Company's decision not to
  permanently re-invest in certain foreign earnings     6.1        --

 Foreign tax credits                                     --      (9.5)
                                                     ----------------
 Taxes as adjusted                                     (9.7)    (30.9)
                                                     ----------------

 Adjusted net income                                 $ 20.5    $ 52.0
                                                     ================


               THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
       RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
                             (In millions)
                              (Unaudited)

                                                    52 Weeks  53 Weeks
                                                     Ended     Ended
                                                    2/2/2008  2/3/2007
                                                    ------------------
 (Loss)/Income before income taxes                   $(88.8)   $123.3

 Asset impairment charges:
   -Exit Disney Store business                         80.3        --
   -Write-off construction of future corporate
    headquarters                                       14.8        --
   -'Mickey' Store impairment                                     9.6
   -Write-offs related to the decision not to
    proceed with the 42nd St. in New York City and
    infrastructure investments that were made in
    connection with the Disneystore.com                  --       7.1

 Other costs:
   -Lease exit costs related to the future corporate
    headquarters                                        5.9       0.9
   -Cancellation of Disney store remodeling program     6.1        --

 Disney Store "maintenance and refresh" expense         6.9        --

 Accelerated depreciation on 'Mickey' Stores            3.6        --

 Costs paid or accrued for the stock option
  investigation, the filing of delinquent SEC
  reports and the re-mediation of tax implications
  related to stock options, including a tender
  offer in 2007 and incremental external audit fees    11.7      16.8

 Executive severance                                    4.7       0.8

 Settlement of a class action lawsuit                    --       2.1

 Costs associated with the strategic review process     2.2        --
                                                     ----------------
 Aggregate impact of significant items                136.2      37.3
                                                     ----------------
 Adjusted income before taxes                          47.4     160.6

 Taxes as reported:                                    29.2     (35.9)

 Income tax effect of significant items noted above   (52.6)    (15.0)

 Tax provision related to Company's decision not to
  permanently re-invest in certain foreign earnings     6.1        --

 Foreign tax credits                                     --      (9.5)
                                                     ----------------
 Taxes as adjusted                                    (17.3)    (60.4)
                                                     ----------------

 Adjusted net income                                 $ 30.1    $100.2
                                                     ================

CONTACT: The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc.
Susan Riley, EVP, Finance & Administration
201/558-2400
Rich Paradise, SVP, Chief Financial Officer
201/558-2400
Heather Anthony, Senior Director, Investor Relations
201/558-2865

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