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Charming Shoppes Reports January Sales

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Charming Shoppes, Inc., (Nasdaq: CHRS), a leading retail apparel chain specializing in women's plus- size apparel, today reported that total sales for the four weeks ended January 29, 2005 decreased 1% to $120,300,000 from $121,600,000 for the four weeks ended January 31, 2004. Comparable store sales for Charming Shoppes, Inc. decreased 3% for the four weeks ended January 29, 2005.

Charming Shoppes' total sales for the thirteen weeks ended January 29, 2005 were $579,300,000 compared to $578,300,000 for the thirteen weeks ended January 31, 2004. Comparable store sales decreased 2% for the thirteen weeks ended January 29, 2005.

Charming Shoppes' total sales for the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2005 increased 2% to $2,323,300,000 from $2,270,100,000 for the fifty-two weeks ended January 31, 2004. Comparable store sales increased 1% for the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2005.

Comparable store sales by chain for the four, thirteen and fifty-two week periods ended January 29, 2005 were as follows:

Comparable Store Sales for Four Weeks Thirteen Weeks Fifty-two Weeks Ended 1/29/05 Ended 1/29/05 Ended 1/29/05 Lane Bryant Stores -5% -1% 3% Fashion Bug Stores -1% -1% 1% Catherines Stores -3% -9% -6% Total Corporation -3% -2% 1%

For more detailed information on monthly sales, please call 1-866-CHRS- NEWS (1-866-247-7639) to listen to Charming Shoppes, Inc.'s prerecorded monthly sales commentary. This recording will be available until February 7, 2005.

Charming Shoppes, Inc. operates 2,221 stores in 48 states under the names LANE BRYANT(R), FASHION BUG(R), FASHION BUG PLUS(R), and CATHERINES PLUS SIZES(R). During the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2005 the Company opened 51, relocated 47, and closed 57 stores. Please visit http://www.charmingshoppes.com for additional information about Charming Shoppes, Inc.

SOURCE Charming Shoppes, Inc.

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