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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Record January Sales

02/02/2006
               * January Sales Up 34.2% Over January Last Year
               * January Comparable Store Sales Increase 14.6%

FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today reported January sales results for the four-week period ended January 28, 2006, increased 34.2% to $91.7 million from $68.3 million reported for the prior year's four-week period ended January 29, 2005. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 14.6% for the four-week period ended January 28, 2006, compared to the same four-week period last year.

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Total sales for the fourth quarter ended January 28, 2006 increased 31.6% to $376 million from $286 million for the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 14.6% for the thirteen-week period compared to the same thirteen-week period last year.

For the fifty-two weeks ended January 28, 2006, total sales increased 31.7% to $1.405 billion from $1.067 billion for the prior year's fifty-two week period ended January 29, 2005. Comparable store sales for the Company- owned stores increased 14.3% for the fifty-two week period compared to the same fifty-two 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 780 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 501 Chico's front-line stores, 31 Chico's outlet stores, 197 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 8 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 15 Soma by Chico's stores, 12 Fitigues front-line stores and 2 Fitigues outlet stores; franchisees own and operate 14 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
     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 TEX FAS
SU:  SLS

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