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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports September Sales

10/11/2007

FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today reported that its sales results for the five-week period ended October 6, 2007, increased 7.3% to $175.9 million from $164.0 million reported for the five-week period ended September 30, 2006. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores decreased 8.3% for the five-week period ended October 6, 2007 compared to the same five-week period last year ending October 7, 2006.

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For the thirty-five weeks ended October 6, 2007, total sales increased 10.7% to $1.18 billion from $1.07 billion reported for the thirty-five week period ended September 30, 2006. Comparable store sales for the Company-owned stores decreased 4.9% for the thirty-five week period ended October 6, 2007 compared to the thirty-five week period last year ending October 7, 2006.

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



          September Sales        Percent Increase/(Decrease)
         (dollars in millions)                     Comparable Store Sales
     Fiscal 2007   Fiscal 2006       Total Sales   Fiscal        Comparable
                                                   Basis (a)      Basis (b)
        $175.9        $164.0           7.3%         (6.1)%         (8.3)%


      Year-to-Date Sales        Percent Increase/(Decrease)
         (dollars in billions)                     Comparable Store Sales
     Fiscal 2007   Fiscal 2006       Total Sales   Fiscal        Comparable
                                                   Basis (a)      Basis (b)
        $1.18         $1.07           10.7%         (4.1)%         (4.9)%

(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 982 women's specialty stores, including stores in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House | Black Market and Soma Intimates names. The Company has 581 Chico's front-line stores, 36 Chico's outlet stores, 280 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 19 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 65 Soma Intimates front- line stores and 1 Soma Intimates 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
    Executive Vice President
    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, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer, +1-239-274-4105, or F. Michael Smith, Vice President, Investor and
Community Relations, +1-239-274-4797, all of Chico's FAS, Inc./
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    (CHS)

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

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