Deb Shops, Inc. Reports a 5.9 Percent Increase in March Comparable Store Sales

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Deb Shops, Inc.

    PHILADELPHIA, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Deb Shops, Inc. (Nasdaq:   DEBS) today
 reported that comparable apparel store sales increased 5.9% for the month
 ended March 31, 2001.  Total apparel sales for the month increased 10.7% to
 $23.4 million from $21.2 million for the month ended March 31, 2000.
     The Company reports financial results on the calendar month, therefore,
 differences in timing will occur when comparing DEB SHOPS' results to those of
 retailers reporting on a 4-5-4 calendar.  During the month of March 2001 there
 were five Saturdays as compared to four Saturdays during the month of March,
 2000.
     For the remainder of fiscal year 2001, DEB will report monthly sales
 according to the following calendar:
 
       Month End         Reporting Date
      April 2001        May 3, 2001*
      May 2001          June 7, 2001
      June 2001         July 5, 2001*
      July 2001         August 2, 2001*
      August 2001       September 6, 2001
      September 2001    October 4, 2001*
      October 2001      November 8, 2001
      November 2001     December 6, 2001
      December 2001     January 3, 2002*
 
     *Denotes dates that differ from reporting dates under the 4-5-4 calendar.
 
     Deb Shops, Inc. is a national specialty retailer of fashionable apparel,
 shoes and accessories for juniors in both regular and plus sizes.  The Company
 operates 295 specialty apparel stores in 38 states under the DEB, DEB PLUS and
 Tops 'N Bottoms names.  In addition, the Company operates 17 retail bookstores
 in five states under the Atlantic Book Shops and Atlantic Book Warehouse
 names.
 
     The Company has made in this report, and from time to time may otherwise
 make, "forward-looking statements" (as that term is defined under federal
 securities laws) concerning the Company's future operations, performance,
 profitability, revenues, expenses and financial condition.  This report
 includes, in particular, forward-looking statements regarding expectations of
 future performance, store openings and closings and other matters.  Such
 forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties.
 Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to
 a number of factors.  Such factors may include, but are not limited to, the
 Company's ability to improve sales and margins, respond to changes in fashion,
 find suitable retail locations and attract and retain key management
 personnel.  Such factors may also include other risks and uncertainties
 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, 2000.
 
 

SOURCE Deb Shops, Inc.
    PHILADELPHIA, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Deb Shops, Inc. (Nasdaq:   DEBS) today
 reported that comparable apparel store sales increased 5.9% for the month
 ended March 31, 2001.  Total apparel sales for the month increased 10.7% to
 $23.4 million from $21.2 million for the month ended March 31, 2000.
     The Company reports financial results on the calendar month, therefore,
 differences in timing will occur when comparing DEB SHOPS' results to those of
 retailers reporting on a 4-5-4 calendar.  During the month of March 2001 there
 were five Saturdays as compared to four Saturdays during the month of March,
 2000.
     For the remainder of fiscal year 2001, DEB will report monthly sales
 according to the following calendar:
 
       Month End         Reporting Date
      April 2001        May 3, 2001*
      May 2001          June 7, 2001
      June 2001         July 5, 2001*
      July 2001         August 2, 2001*
      August 2001       September 6, 2001
      September 2001    October 4, 2001*
      October 2001      November 8, 2001
      November 2001     December 6, 2001
      December 2001     January 3, 2002*
 
     *Denotes dates that differ from reporting dates under the 4-5-4 calendar.
 
     Deb Shops, Inc. is a national specialty retailer of fashionable apparel,
 shoes and accessories for juniors in both regular and plus sizes.  The Company
 operates 295 specialty apparel stores in 38 states under the DEB, DEB PLUS and
 Tops 'N Bottoms names.  In addition, the Company operates 17 retail bookstores
 in five states under the Atlantic Book Shops and Atlantic Book Warehouse
 names.
 
     The Company has made in this report, and from time to time may otherwise
 make, "forward-looking statements" (as that term is defined under federal
 securities laws) concerning the Company's future operations, performance,
 profitability, revenues, expenses and financial condition.  This report
 includes, in particular, forward-looking statements regarding expectations of
 future performance, store openings and closings and other matters.  Such
 forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties.
 Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to
 a number of factors.  Such factors may include, but are not limited to, the
 Company's ability to improve sales and margins, respond to changes in fashion,
 find suitable retail locations and attract and retain key management
 personnel.  Such factors may also include other risks and uncertainties
 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, 2000.
 
 SOURCE  Deb Shops, Inc.