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Clothing store A&F shows sharp rise in July sales

Aug '05
Ohio based clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch Co (A&F) reported net sales of $191.0 million for the four-week period ended July 30, 2005, a 33% increase over last year's July sales of $143.7 million. July comparable store sales increased 22% compared with the four-week period ended July 31, 2004.

Year-to-date, the Company reported a net sales increase of 38% to $1.118 billion from $813.3 million last year. Comparable store sales increased 24% for the year-to-date period.

July 2005 Highlights
- Total Company net sales increased 33%
- Total Company comparable store sales increased 22%
- Abercrombie & Fitch comparable store sales increased 15%
- abercrombie comparable store sales increased 53%
- Hollister Co comparable store sales increased 24%

The Company operated 355 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 163 abercrombie stores, 281 Hollister Co. stores and 5 RUEHL stores at the end of fiscal July. The Company operates e-commerce websites at http://www.abercrombie.com, http://www.abercrombiekids.com, and http://www.hollisterco.com.

To hear Abercrombie & Fitch's pre-recorded July sales message, please dial (800) 395-0662, or internationally, dial (402) 220-1262.

On Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 4:30 PM Eastern time the Company will conduct its second quarter conference call. Management will discuss the Company's performance, its plans for the future and will accept questions from participants.

To listen to the conference call, dial (800) 811-0667 or internationally at (913) 981-4901. To listen via the internet, go to http://www.abercrombie.com, select the Investor Relations page and click on Calendar of Events. Replays of the call will be available shortly after its completion. The audio replay can be accessed for two weeks following the reporting date by calling (888) 203-1112 or internationally at (719) 457-0820 followed by the conference ID number 9846996; or for 12 months by visiting the Company's website at http://www.abercrombie.com.

New Albany located Abercrombie & Fitch Co is a leading specialty retailer encompassing four concepts - Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie, Hollister Co, and RUEHL. The merchandise is sold in retail stores throughout the United States and through catalogs.

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