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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Record September Sales

10/06/2005

* September Sales Up 34.5% Over September Last Year

* September Comparable Store Sales Increase 15.8%

FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today reported September sales results for the five-week period ended October 1, 2005, increased 34.5% to $143.1 million from $106.4 million reported for the prior year's five-week period ended October 2, 2004. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 15.8% for the five-week period ended October 1, 2005, compared to the same five-week period last year.

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For the thirty-five weeks ended October 1, 2005, total sales increased 31.7% to $915 million from $695 million for the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 13.7% for the thirty-five week period compared to the same thirty-five 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 726 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 481 Chico's front-line stores, 28 Chico's outlet stores, 185 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 6 White House | Black Market outlet stores and 13 Soma by Chico's stores; franchisees own and operate 13 Chico's stores.

For more detailed information, please call (877) 424-4267 to listen to the

Company's monthly sales information and investor relations line

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.
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    /CONTACT:  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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    /Web site:  http://www.chicos.com /
    (CHS)

CO:  Chico's FAS, Inc.
ST:  Florida
IN:  REA FAS
SU:  SLS

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