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Wacoal posts year-end results for the fiscal year ended March 31
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May '08
Wacoal Holdings Corp. of Kyoto, Japan, the world's largest manufacturer of intimate apparel, reported its year-end results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008.

Financial Highlights:
Net sales for the year decreased 0.4 percent on a yen basis to 165.8 billion yen ($1,660.1 million), compared to 166.4 billion yen a year ago. Operating income increased to 13.5 billion yen ($135.6 million) compared with 12.9 billion yen in 2007. Net income decreased 45 percent on a yen basis to 5.0 billion yen ($49.7 million).

Earnings per American Depositary Share (5 shares of common stock) were 175.7 yen ($1.76) on 28,260,000 average ADS shares outstanding compared to 315.9 yen earnings per American Depositary Share with 28,582,000 shares outstanding in the prior year.

As previously announced, the dividend payable for the last fiscal year will be 25.00 yen per share.

Business Results:
Our group (primarily Wacoal Corporation, which is the core operating entity) sought to improve the strengths of its products and endeavored to develop products focused on consumer needs. Sales by business: Textiles and related products accounted for 150,710 million yen, and other products accounted for 15,051 million yen, a 0.2% increase and 6.3% decrease respectively, compared to the previous fiscal year.

Sales by region; Japan accounted for 139,618 million yen, or 84.2% of the entire group's sales, while the rest of Asia accounted for 4.6%, and Europe and the U.S. together accounted for 11.2%.

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