Ascena Retail Group, Inc. Announces Holiday Sales Results and Lowers Fiscal 2014 Earnings Per Share Guidance

  Ascena Retail Group, Inc. Announces Holiday Sales Results and Lowers Fiscal
  2014 Earnings Per Share Guidance

Business Wire

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- January 13, 2014

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) today announced sales results for the
combined November and December Holiday period ended December 28, 2013. The
Company also announced that, due to lower than planned Holiday sales, it is
lowering earnings per share guidance for its current fiscal year ending July
26, 2014.

The Company noted that combined comparable store and e-commerce sales for the
fiscal months of November and December increased 1% on a consolidated basis.
The Company’s comparable store and e-commerce sales data is summarized below:

Combined Fiscal November and December
                                      ascena Consolidated

                                      Comparable Sales
ascena (stores)                    (2%)
ascena (ecommerce)                    27%
Total ascena                          1%
                                      Total Brand

                                      Comparable Sales
Justice                               (3%)
Lane Bryant                           8%
maurices                              flat
dressbarn                             1%
Catherines                            13%

David Jaffe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascena Retail Group,
Inc., commented, “A challenging Holiday selling season resulted in increased
promotional activity. We successfully cleared excess inventory and have taken
the necessary markdowns in the second quarter to transition cleanly into the
spring season. As a result, we now believe full year adjusted diluted earnings
per share guidance in the range of $1.10 to $1.15 is more appropriate, versus
our previous guidance of $1.25 to $1.30.”

The Company noted that its updated guidance for Fiscal 2014 excludes one-time,
acquisition-related integration, restructuring and purchase accounting costs
that may be incurred related to the Charming Acquisition. The Company further
noted that its guidance is based upon various assumptions, including low
single-digit spring season comparable store sales and continued double-digit
e-commerce sales growth. For the full year, the Company continues to plan to
open approximately 185 stores and close approximately 135 stores, ending the
fiscal year with approximately 3,900 Justice, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn
and Catherines stores in operation.

The Company commented that it will be presenting at the 16^th Annual ICR
XChange Conference to be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in
Orlando, Florida on Monday January 13^th 9:30am EST. The Ascena Retail Group
investor presentation will be webcast live and can be accessed at

About Ascena Retail Group, Inc.  Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a
leading specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes, and accessories for missy
and plus-size women and tween girls, under the Justice, Lane Bryant, maurices,
dressbarn and Catherines brands. Ascena Retail Group, Inc. operates through
its subsidiaries approximately 3,900 stores throughout the United States,
Puerto Rico and Canada. For more information about Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
and its brands, visit,,,,,,

Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements made within this press release
may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or review
its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it
clear that our projected results expressed or implied will not be achieved.
Detailed information concerning a number of factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from the information contained herein is readily
available in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year
ended July 27, 2013 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 26, 2013.


Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
Investor Relations, 845-369-4600
ICR, Inc.
James Palczynski, 203-682-8229
Senior Managing Director
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