New Store Openings, Direct Marketing, and Brand Experience Push Revenue Growth - Research Report on Francesca's, JoS. A. Bank

New Store Openings, Direct Marketing, and Brand Experience Push Revenue Growth
    - Research Report on Francesca's, JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, Ascena, Vera
                              Bradley, and rue21

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NEW YORK, June 10, 2013

NEW YORK, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Wall Street Reports announced new research reports highlighting
Francesca's Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: FRAN), JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc.
(NASDAQ: JOSB), Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA), Vera Bradley, Inc.
(NASDAQ: VRA), and rue21, inc. (NASDAQ: RUE). Today's readers may access these
reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and
analyst ratings - via the links below.

Francesca's Holdings Corp. Research Report

On June 5, 2013, Francesca's Holdings Corp. (Francesca's) reported its
financial results for Q1 FY 2013 (period ended May 4, 2013). The Company's net
sales increased 28.8% YoY to $79 million. Net income was $10.9 million or
$0.24 per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.7 million or $0.20 per
diluted share in Q1 FY 2012. Commenting on the results, Neill Davis,
Francesca's Chief Executive Officer, said, "We delivered on our earnings
expectations as well as several strategic goals in the first quarter. We
opened 56 new boutiques increasing our market presence to 416 boutiques,
achieved record direct-to-consumer sales now representing 2.1% of total
Company sales for the quarter, and successfully completed the rollout of our
new point-of-sale system in our boutiques. Our continued execution on key
growth initiatives combined with our differentiated business model and unique
brand experience position us well for long term growth." The Full Research
Report on Francesca's Holdings Corp. - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge
at: [http://www.wsreports.com/r/full_research_report/bc7b_FRAN]

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JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. Research Report

On June 5, 2013, JoS A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. (JoS. A. Bank Clothiers) reported
its Q1 FY 2013 financial results (period ended May 4, 2013). Net income was
down 45.5% YoY to $8.1 million. Diluted EPS was $0.29 per share, as compared
with diluted EPS of $0.53 in Q1 FY 2012. Total sales decreased 2.6% YoY to
$196.1 million. Commenting on the results, R. Neal Black, President and Chief
Executive Officer of JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, said, "While we were able to
control our expenses and improve our advertising efficiency in the quarter,
our sales declined 2.6%, primarily in April. In addition, our gross profit
margin was down primarily due to higher inventory sourcing costs and lower
average selling prices due mostly to an increased percentage of sales of
winter and other clearance products. Like many other retailers, we were also
affected by the unseasonably cool weather which adversely impacted both our
sales and gross profit margin. On the positive side, our Direct Marketing
business, driven primarily by the Internet, continued to perform well, with
double-digit sales growth." The Full Research Report on JoS. A. Bank
Clothiers, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.wsreports.com/r/full_research_report/3322_JOSB]

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Ascena Retail Group Inc. Research Report

On June 5, 2013, Ascena Retail Group Inc. (Ascena) reported financial results
for Q3 FY 2013 (period ended April 27, 2013). Net sales increased 45.8% YoY to
$1.1 billion, driven by the inclusion of the recently acquired Lane Bryant and
Catherine's businesses, slightly offset by a total comparable store sales
decrease of 1% YoY. Net income was $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $0.31
per diluted share in Q3 FY 2012. For full-year FY 2013, the Company expects
adjusted EPS from continuing operations in the range of $1.10 to $1.15. The
Full Research Report on Ascena Retail Group Inc. - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free
of charge at: [http://www.wsreports.com/r/full_research_report/5cf6_ASNA]

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Vera Bradley, Inc. Research Report

On June 5, 2013, Vera Bradley, Inc. (Vera Bradley) announced its financial
results for Q1 FY 2014 (period ended May 4, 2013). Net revenues increased 4.9%
YoY to $123 million. Net income was $9.2 million or $0.23 per diluted share,
compared to $12.6 million or $0.31 per diluted share in Q1 FY 2013. Commenting
on the results, Mike Ray, Vera Bradley's Chief Executive Officer, said, "We
delivered on our expectations for the first quarter. Net revenue slightly
exceeded our guidance, with comparable store sales growth of 0.9%, and
indirect performance in line with expectations, while gross margin was
slightly ahead." For full-year FY 2014, the Company expects revenues to be in
the range of $570 and $575 million. The Full Research Report on Vera Bradley,
Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets -
is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.wsreports.com/r/full_research_report/f08d_VRA]

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rue21, inc. Research Report

On June 5, 2013, rue21, inc. (rue21) announced its financial results for Q1 FY
2013 (period ended May 4, 2013). Net sales increased 9.1% YoY to $224.4
million. Net income was $10.8 million or $0.44 per diluted share, compared to
$11.6 million or $0.46 per diluted share in Q1 FY 2012. Commenting on the
results, Bob Fisch, rue21's President and Chief Executive Officer, said,
"Despite a challenging environment which impacted our first quarter financial
results, we are proud to have achieved another 41 successful new store
openings, gross margin expansion of 120 basis points, and an increase in gross
profit. We also feel positive about the continued progress we made this past
quarter on our long term goals, which include opening profitable new stores in
underserved markets and moving up the launch of our e-commerce site to the
fourth quarter." The Full Research Report on rue21, inc. - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:
[http://www.wsreports.com/r/full_research_report/e310_RUE]

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