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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports August Sales

08/31/2006
     * August Sales Up 10.5% Over August Last Year

     * August Comparable Store Sales Decrease 2.6%

FORT MYERS, Fla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today reported August sales results for the four-week period ended August 26, 2006, increased 10.5% to $112.2 million from $101.5 million reported for the prior year's four-week period ended August 27, 2005. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores decreased 2.6% for the four-week period ended August 26, 2006, compared to the same four-week period last year.

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For the thirty weeks ended August 26, 2006, total sales increased 17.8% to $909 million from $772 million for the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 5.1% 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 828 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, Soma by Chico's and Fitigues names. The Company owns 517 Chico's front-line stores, 32 Chico's outlet stores, 217 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 11 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 27 Soma by Chico's stores, 10 Fitigues front-line stores and 1 Fitigues outlet store; franchisees own and operate 13 Chico's stores.

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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                     F. Michael Smith
    Executive Vice President              Vice President
    Chief Financial Officer               Investor and Community Relations
    Chico's FAS, Inc.                     Chico's FAS, Inc.
    (239) 274-4105                        (239) 274-4797


SOURCE  Chico's FAS, Inc.
    -0-                             08/31/2006
    /CONTACT:  Charles J. Kleman, Executive Vice President, 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.   /
    /Photo:  NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030428/CHICOLOGO
              AP Archive:  http://photoarchive.ap.org
              PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com /
    /Web site:  http://www.chicos.com /
    (CHS)

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

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