RG Barry Reports 1st Quarter Performance

                   RG Barry Reports 1st Quarter Performance

PR Newswire

PICKERINGTON, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2012

PICKERINGTON, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --R.G. Barry Corporation
(Nasdaq: DFZ), today said that its fiscal 2013 first-quarter consolidated
performance was in line with its expectations.

For the quarter ended September 29, 2012, the Company reported, on a
consolidated basis:

  oNet earnings of $6.1 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, down 11.0% from
    $6.9 million,or $0.61 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal
    2012;
  oNet sales of $47.2 million versus net sales of $50.2 million one year ago;
    and
  oGross profit as a percent of sales at 44.3%, flat versus the first quarter
    last year.
  oSelling, general and administrative expenses of $11.0 million versus $10.9
    million in the comparableperiod one year ago.

The company said quarterly net sales in its Footwear segment, although down
$3.9 million from the comparable period last year, reflected a gross profit as
a percentage of net sales at 41.4%, which was relatively flat versus the first
quarter of fiscal 2012. In its Accessories segment, the Company's net sales
increased 11.2%, or $900,000 quarter-over-quarter, to approximately $9.0
million, producing a 56.6% gross profit as a percentage of net sales, or a 60
bps decline versus the comparable quarter last year.

Management Comments
"These results are in line with our expectations for the quarter and with the
direction we provided in our two previous earnings calls," said Greg Tunney,
President and Chief Executive Officer.

"Footwear remains our largest business, and it is performing quite well
despite the impact of customer internal issues that frequently disrupt
retailers. As we enter the critical holiday selling season, we are
enthusiastic about our prospects. We have continued building upon our legacy
of category leadership; and remain confident that the fresh, new products
flowing onto our customers' shelves will meet or exceed expectations for the
upcoming season and beyond.

"Excitement surrounds our Accessories segment. This small but growing
higher-margin piece of our business is much more evenly spread across the
year, and lends a modest degree of balance to our heavily seasonal Footwear
segment. We also continue investing in a strong foundation upon which the
Accessories businesses will continue to grow."

"Increased footwear sales in some of our newer retail channels, such as
catalogs, dot coms and home shopping, helped offset a portion of the softness
we experienced in more traditional channels and helped us achieve a healthy
41.4% gross profit as a percent of net footwear sales for the quarter," added
Jose Ibarra, Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

"The 11% quarter-over-quarter increase in Accessories net sales is at the
lower end of our expected range. We expect top-line growth in the segment to
return to the mid-teens by the end of Fiscal 2013. We are pleased with the
relative stability of the gross profit margins in Accessories at nearly 57%.
The quarterly operating profit reported for the segment reflects continuing
investment spending focused on building these businesses for the long-term."

Looking Ahead
Mr. Tunney concluded, "We said previously that we expect fiscal 2013 to be a
challenging year. We remain confident in our vision and the successful future
of our Company. We have a solid growth strategy, financial health, strong
brands and a proven cash-generating model that adapts to the cyclical nature
of the broad accessories business category. We will have a much better view of
our full fiscal year when we report on the second quarter in February."

Conference Call/Webcast Today
R.G. Barry Corporation senior management will conduct a conference call for
all interested parties at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time today. Management
will discuss the Company's performance, its plans for the future and will
accept questions from participants. The conference call is available at (800)
860-2442 in the U.S., (866) 605-3852 in Canada and +1 (412) 858-4600
internationally until five minutes before starting time. To listen via the
Internet, log on at: http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=89731.

Replays of the call will be available several hours after its completion. The
audio replay can be accessed through November 21, 2012, by calling (877)
344-7529 in the U.S. or (412) 317-0088 internationally and using passcode
10019079. A written transcript and audio replay of the call will be posted for
at least 12 months at the Investor Room section of rgbarry.com.

About RG Barry
RG Barry develops great accessories brands that provide fashionable,
solution-oriented products that touch consumers. Our primary brands include:
Dearfoams slippers dearfoams.com; baggallini handbags, totes and travel
accessories baggallini.com; and Foot Petals premium insoles and comfort
products footpetals.com. To learn more, visit us at rgbarry.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the disclosures in this news release contain forward-looking
statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. You can identify
these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "expect," "could,"
"should," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," or words with similar
meanings. Any statements that refer to projections of our future performance,
anticipated trends in our business and other characterizations of future
events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These statements,
which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, are based upon our current plans and
strategies and reflect our current assessment of the risks and uncertainties
related to our business. These risks include, but are not limited to: our
continuing ability to source products from third parties located within and
outside North America; competitive cost pressures; the loss of retailer
customers to competitors, consolidations, bankruptcies or liquidations; shifts
in consumer preferences; the impact of the global financial crisis and general
economic conditions on consumer spending; the impact of the highly seasonal
nature of our footwear business upon our operations; inaccurate forecasting of
consumer demand; difficulties liquidating excess inventory; disruption of our
supply chain or distribution networks; our ability to implement new enterprise
resource information systems; a failure in or a breach of our operational or
security systems or infrastructure, or those of our third-party suppliers and
other service providers, including as a result of cyber-attacks; the
unexpected loss of any of the skills and experience provided by our senior
officers; our ability to successfully integrate any new business acquisitions;
and our investment of excess cash in certificates of deposit and other
variable rate demand note securities. You should read this news release
carefully because the forward-looking statements contained in it (1) discuss
our future expectations; (2) contain projections of our future results of
operations or of our future financial condition; or (3) state other
"forward-looking" information. The risk factors described in this news
release and in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the
"SEC"), in particular "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of Part I of our Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 (the "2012 Form 10-K"),
give examples of the types of uncertainties that may cause actual performance
to differ materially from the expectations we describe in our forward-looking
statements. If the events described in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of Part I of
our 2012 Form 10-K occur, they could have a material adverse effect on our
business, operating results and financial condition. You should also know
that it is impossible to predict or identify all risks and uncertainties
related to our business. Consequently, no one should consider any such list
to be a complete set of all potential risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made,
and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to
reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date on which the
statement is made to reflect unanticipated events, except as required by
applicable law. Any further disclosures in our filings with the SEC should
also be considered.

—financial charts follow—



R.G. BARRY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands of dollars, except for per share data)
                           Thirteen Weeks     Thirteen Weeks
                           Ended              Ended
                           (unaudited)        (unaudited)        % Increase
                           September 29,      October 1, 2011    Decrease
                           2012
Net sales                  $          $          -6.0%
                               47,233        50,230
Cost of Sales              26,316             27,977             -5.9%
 Gross profit            20,917             22,253             -6.0%
 Gross profit (as      44.3%              44.3%
percent of net sales)
Selling, general and       10,990             10,880             1.0%
administrative expenses
 Operating profit      9,927              11,373             -12.7%
Other income               223                87
Interest (expense), net   (177)              (255)              -30.6%
 Earnings, before      9,973              11,205             -11.0%
income taxes
Income tax expense         3,839              4,315              -11.0%
Net earnings               $          $          -11.0%
                                6,134        6,890
Earnings per common share
 Basic               $          $          -12.9%
                                 0.54        0.62
 Diluted             $          $          -11.5%
                                 0.54        0.61
Weighted average number
of common shares
outstanding
 Basic               11,282             11,137
 Diluted             11,454             11,305
Common shares outstanding  11,265             11,055
at the end of period
Cash dividends declared    $          $        
per share                        0.08        0.07
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands of dollars)
                           (unaudited)      (unaudited)      (audited)
                           September 29,      October 1, 2011    June 30, 2012
                           2012
ASSETS
Cash & Short term         $          $          $    
investments                    14,578         3,482   41,711
Accounts Receivable, net   34,301             36,121             13,176
Inventory                  30,610             34,376             21,149
Prepaid expenses and       2,989              3,116              2,864
other current assets
 Total current assets    82,478             77,095             78,900
Net property, plant and    4,150              4,106              4,186
equipment
Other assets               44,685             46,556             45,180
 Total Assets            $          $          $   
                              131,313         127,757      128,266
LIABILITIES &
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Short-term notes payable
&Current installments of   6,036              9,036              6,036
long-term debt
Accounts payable           8,078              8,186              10,962
Other current liabilities  7,467              7,142              5,701
 Total current          21,581             24,364             22,699
liabilities
Long-term debt             19,286             23,571             20,357
Accrued retirement costs   10,763             11,111             10,803
and other
Shareholders' equity, net  79,683             68,711             74,407
 Total liabilities &     $          $          $   
shareholders' equity          131,313         127,757      128,266



SOURCE R.G. Barry Corporation

Website: http://www.rgbarry.com
Contact: Roy Youst, RG Barry Investor Relations, +1-614-729-7200 or Jose G.
Ibarra, Senior VP Finance/CFO, +1-614-864-6400