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Comparable store sales drop at Abercrombie & Fitch
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Feb '10
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reported unaudited results which reflected net income of $47.5 million and net income per diluted share of $0.53 for the thirteen weeks ended January 30, 2010, compared to net income of $68.4 million and net income per diluted share of $0.78 for the thirteen weeks ended January 31, 2009.

Excluding a net loss from discontinued operations and non-cash asset impairment charges, the Company reported non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.91 for the thirteen weeks ended January 30, 2010, compared to non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $1.06 for the comparable period last year. A reconciliation of net income per diluted share on a GAAP basis to net income per diluted share excluding net loss from discontinued operations and non-cash asset impairment charges, a non-GAAP financial measure, is summarized in a table accompanying the Condensed Consolidated financial statements included with this release.

The Company also reported net income of $0.3 million and net income per diluted share of $0.00 for the fifty-two weeks ended January 30, 2010, compared to net income of $272.3 million and net income per diluted share of $3.05 for the fifty-two weeks ended January 31, 2009.

Excluding a net loss from discontinued operations and non-cash asset impairment charges, the Company reported non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $1.12 for the fifty-two weeks ended January 30, 2010, compared to non-GAAP net income per diluted of $3.51 for the comparable period last year.

The Company completed the closure of its RUEHL branded stores and related direct-to-consumer operations during the fourth quarter. Accordingly, the after-tax operating results for Ruehl are included in discontinued operations for all periods presented in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

Fourth Quarter Sales Highlights – From Continuing Operations

• Total Company net sales, including direct-to-consumer net sales, decreased 5% to $936.0 million
• Total Company domestic net sales, including direct-to-consumer net sales, decreased 12% to $793.1 million
• Total Company international net sales, including direct-to-consumer net sales, increased 86% to $142.9 million
• Comparable store sales decreased 13%
• Total Company direct-to-consumer net merchandise sales were $93.1 million, flat compared to last year
• Abercrombie & Fitch net sales of $398.0 million; Abercrombie & Fitch comparable store sales decreased 8%
• abercrombie kids net sales of $111.8 million; abercrombie kids comparable store sales decreased 11%
• Hollister Co. net sales of $417.1 million; Hollister Co. comparable store sales decreased 19%

Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., said:
"Having managed through a very difficult retail environment in 2009 with a long-term mindset of protecting our brands, we look forward to 2010 as we intend to grow the business internationally and improve the profitability of the domestic business."

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