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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports March Sales

04/10/2007

FORT MYERS, Fla., April 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today reported that its March sales results for the five-week period ended April 7, 2007, increased 22.0% to $191.2 million from $156.8 million reported for the five-week period ended April 1, 2006. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 5.2% for the five-week period ended April 7, 2007 compared to the same five-week period last year ending April 8, 2006.

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For the nine-week period ended April 7, 2007, total sales increased 19.3% to $304 million from $255 million reported for the nine-week period ended April 1, 2006. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores increased 1.5% for the nine-week period ended April 7, 2007 compared to the nine-week period last year ending April 8, 2006.

    Additional details on March and year-to-date sales are as follows:

              March Sales                       Percent Increase
         (dollars in millions)                       Comparable Store Sales
       Fiscal 2007     Fiscal 2006    Total Sales    Fiscal      Comparable
                                                     Basis (a)     Basis (b)
         $191.2             $156.8          22.0%      7.3%         5.2%


          Year-to Date Sales                    Percent Increase
         (dollars in millions)                      Comparable Store Sales
       Fiscal 2007     Fiscal 2006    Total Sales    Fiscal      Comparable
                                                     Basis (a)     Basis (b)
          $304                $255          19.3%      4.9%         1.5%

    (a) "Fiscal Basis" compares fiscal 2007 to fiscal 2006.
    (b) "Comparable Basis" compares fiscal 2007 to the identical weeks last
        year.  Each period includes the same number of days.

The Company is a specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Company operates 937 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 Intimates and Fitigues names. The Company has 561 Chico's front-line stores, 34 Chico's outlet stores, 264 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 17 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 53 Soma Intimates stores, 7 Fitigues front-line stores and 1 Fitigues outlet store.

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 under Our Company

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 under Our Company

    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-                             04/10/2007
    /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:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030428/CHICOLOGO /
    /Web site:  http://www.chicos.com /
    (CHS)

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

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