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Charming Shoppes, Inc. Hosts Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call on Wednesday, March 16, 2005

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Charming Shoppes, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRS), the retail apparel chain specializing in women's plus-size apparel, will host its Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2005 earnings conference call on Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at 9:15 am Eastern time. Fourth quarter earnings results will be released over the newswires prior to 9:15 am Eastern time. Prior to the conference call, the Company's earnings results will be furnished on Form 8-K. Both the fourth quarter earnings release and the Form 8-K will be available at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=106124&p=irol-sec.

Dorrit J. Bern, Chairman, CEO and President, Eric M. Specter, CFO and EVP, Steven R. Wishner, SVP of Treasury, Investor Relations and Business Development, and Gayle M. Coolick, Director of Investor Relations, will comment on the Fourth Quarter results. Prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer period.

To listen to the conference call, please dial 1-866-818-1393 followed by the passcode 2594# approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled event. The conference call will also be simulcast at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=106124&p=irol-audioArchives. The general public is invited to listen to the conference call via the webcast or the dial-in telephone number.

A transcript of prepared remarks for the conference call will be accessible at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=106124&p=irol-audioArchives prior to 9:15 am Eastern time on Wednesday, March 16, 2005.

The conference call will be recorded on behalf of Charming Shoppes, Inc. and consists of copyrighted material. It may not be re-recorded, reproduced, transmitted or rebroadcast, in whole or in part, without the Company's express written permission. Accessing this call or the rebroadcast represents consent to these terms and conditions. Participation in this call serves as consent to having any comments or statements made appear on any transcript, broadcast or rebroadcast of this call.

Charming Shoppes, Inc., operates 2,222 stores in 48 states under the names LANE BRYANT(R), FASHION BUG(R), FASHION BUG PLUS(R), and CATHERINES PLUS SIZES(R). Please visit http://www.charmingshoppes.com for additional information about Charming Shoppes, Inc.

Certain statements made during the conference call may be forward-looking statements concerning the Company's operations, performance, and financial condition. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding future performance, sales, expenses, gross margin, capital expenditures, earnings per share, store openings and closings, and other matters. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Such risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to: failure to achieve successful integrations, failure to successfully implement the Company's business plan for increased profitability and growth in the plus- size women's apparel business, changes in or miscalculation of fashion trends, extreme or unseasonable weather conditions, economic downturns, a weakness in overall consumer demand, failure to find suitable store locations, the ability to hire and train associates, trade restrictions and political or financial instability in countries where goods are manufactured, the interruption of merchandise flow to the Company's retail stores from its centralized distribution facilities, competitive pressures, and the adverse effects of natural disasters, acts or threats of war, terrorism, or other armed conflict on the United States and international economies. These, and other risks and uncertainties, are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2004.

Posted March 2005

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