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CHARMING SHOPPES REPORTS DECEMBER SALES

 BENSALEM, Pa., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Charming Shoppes, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRS), the retail women's apparel chain, today reported that total sales for the five weeks ended Jan. 2, 1993, increased 21 percent to $181,700,000 from $149,800,000 for the comparable period ended Jan. 4, 1992.
 Sales for comparable stores increased 13 percent during December.
 The rescheduling of the company's holiday sale, which was held during November last year, to early December this year, favorably impacted December comparable store sales. Sales for comparable stores increased 7 percent for November and December combined.
 Sales for the 11 months ended Jan. 2, 1993, increased 16 percent to $1,118,400,000 from $965,100,000 for the comparable period last year. The company's year-to-date comparable store sales increased 6 percent.
 Charming Shoppes, Inc. operates 1,220 stores in 42 states, under the names "Fashion Bug" and "Fashion Bug Plus."
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 /CONTACT: Bernard Brodsky, vp and treasurer of Charming Shoppes, 215-638-6719/
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