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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Record October Sales

11/03/2005
* October Sales Up 31.8% Over October Last Year * October Comparable Store Sales Increase 17.9%

FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov 03, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today reported October sales results for the four week period ended October 29, 2005, increased 31.8% to $114.0 million from $86.5 million reported for the prior year's four week period ended October 30, 2004. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 17.9% for the four week period ended October 29, 2005, compared to the same four week period last year.

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Total sales for the third quarter ended October 29, 2005 increased 33.0% to $359 million from $270 million for the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 16.0% for the thirteen-week period compared to the same thirteen-week period last year.

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2005, total sales increased 31.7% to $1.029 billion from $781 million for the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 14.2% for the thirty-nine week period compared to the same thirty-nine 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 745 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 490 Chico's front-line stores, 29 Chico's outlet stores, 193 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 6 White House | Black Market outlet stores and 14 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

     Executive Contacts:
     Charles J. Kleman
     Chief Financial Officer
     Chico's FAS, Inc.
     (239) 274-4105

     F. Michael Smith
     Vice President
     Investor and Community Relations
     Chico's FAS, Inc.
     (239) 274-4797

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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