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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Record August Sales

09/01/2005
* August Sales Up 32.0% Over August Last Year * August Comparable Store Sales Increase 14.0%

FORT MYERS, Fla., Sept 01, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today reported August sales results for the four-week period ended August 27, 2005, increased 32.0% to $101.5 million from $76.9 million reported for the prior year's four-week period ended August 28, 2004. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 14.0% for the four-week period ended August 27, 2005, compared to the same four-week period last year.

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For the thirty weeks ended August 27, 2005, total sales increased 31.1% to $772 million from $588 million for the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 13.3% for the thirty-week period compared to the same thirty-week period last year.

The Company is a specialty retailer of private label, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Company operates 715 women's specialty stores, including stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House | Black Market and Soma by Chico's names. The Company owns 477 Chico's front-line stores, 28 Chico's outlet stores, 182 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 5 White House | Black Market outlet stores and 10 Soma by Chico's stores; franchisees own and operate 13 Chico's stores.

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A copy of a slide show addressing the Company's recent financial results and

current plans for expansion is available on the Company's website at

http://www.chicos.com in the investor relations section

Additional investor information on Chico's FAS, Inc. is available free of

charge on the Company's website at http://www.chicos.com in the investor

relations section

SOURCE Chico's FAS, Inc.

Charles J. Kleman, Chief Financial Officer, +1-239-274-4105, or F. Michael Smith,
Vice President Investor and Community Relations, +1-239-274-4797, both of
Chico's FAS, Inc.
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