Abercrombie & Fitch Reports February Sales Results

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) today reported net sales of $174.5 million for the four-week period ended February 28, 2009, a 24% decrease from net sales of $228.9 million for the four-week period ended March 1, 2008. February comparable store sales decreased 30%. Total Company direct-to-consumer net sales decreased 17% to $14.1 million for the four-week period ended February 28, 2009, compared to the four-week period ended March 1, 2008.

February 2009 Developments

  • Total Company net sales decreased 24%

  • Total Company direct-to-consumer net sales decreased 17%

  • Total Company comparable store sales decreased 30%

  • Abercrombie & Fitch comparable store sales decreased 27%

  • abercrombie comparable store sales decreased 34%

  • Hollister Co. comparable store sales decreased 33%

  • RUEHL comparable store sales decreased 33%

The Company operated 352 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 209 abercrombie stores, 508 Hollister Co. stores, 29 RUEHL stores and 15 Gilly Hicks stores in the United States at the end of fiscal February. The Company operates three Abercrombie & Fitch stores, two abercrombie stores and five Hollister Co. stores in Canada, and one Abercrombie & Fitch store and three Hollister Co. stores in the United Kingdom. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, www.hollisterco.com, www.RUEHL.com and www.gillyhicks.com.

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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Press Release or made by management of A&F involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the Company's control. Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. The following factors, in addition to those included in the disclosure under the heading "MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OEPRATIONS" in "ITEM 2. Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995" of A&F's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended November 1, 2008, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause actual results for the 2009 Fiscal year and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release or otherwise made by management: changes in consumer spending patterns and consumer preferences; the effects of political and economic events and conditions domestically and in foreign jurisdictions in which the Company operates, including, but not limited to, acts of terrorism or war; the impact of competition and pricing; changes in weather patterns; postal rate increases and changes; paper and printing costs; market price of key raw materials; ability to source product from its global supplier base; political stability; currency and exchange risks and changes in existing or potential duties, tariffs or quotas; availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms; ability to develop new merchandise; ability to hire, train and retain associates; and the outcome of pending litigation. Future economic and industry trends that could potentially impact revenue and profitability are difficult to predict. Therefore, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company, or any other person, that the objectives of the Company will be achieved. The forward-looking statements herein are based on information presently available to the management of the Company. Except as may be required by applicable law, the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.

SOURCE Abercrombie & Fitch

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