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Abercrombie & Fitch Reports September Sales

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) today reported net sales of $122.5 million for the five-week period ended September 30, 2000, a 32% increase from net sales of $92.6 million for the comparable five-week period ended October 2, 1999. Comparable store sales decreased 2% in the period compared with a 15% comparable store sales increase in September 1999.

Year-to-date, the Company reported a net sales increase of 19% to $709.3 million from $598.0 million last year. Comparable stores sales decreased 6% for the year-to-date period.

A lifestyle brand, Abercrombie & Fitch operated a total of 325 stores at the end of September, including 71 abercrombie stores and four Hollister Co. stores. The Company also operates a kids' e-commerce website at , an adult e-commerce website at and publishes the A&F Quarterly.

To hear Abercrombie & Fitch's prerecorded September sales message, call 1-800-642-1687 followed by the passcode 593469.


The Company cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Release, the Company's Form 10-K or made by management of the Company involve risks and uncertainties, and are subject to change based on various important factors. The following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect the Company's financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements: change in consumer spending patterns, consumer preferences and overall economic conditions, the impact of competition and pricing, changes in weather patterns, political stability, currency and exchange risks and changes in existing or potential duties, tariffs or quotas, postal rate increases and charges, paper and printing costs, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms, ability to develop new merchandise and ability to hire and train associates. SOURCE Abercrombie & Fitch

CONTACT: Seth Johnson, Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch, 614-577-6751/