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CHARMING SHOPPES REPORTS SEPTEMBER SALES

 BENSALEM, Pa., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Charming Shoppes Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRS), the retail women's apparel chain, today reported that total sales for the five weeks ended Oct. 2, 1993, increased 15 percent to $129.2 million from $112.8 million for the comparable period ended Oct. 3, 1992.
 Sales for comparable stores increased 6 percent during September. Additional promotional activity during September 1993 contributed to the sales increase.
 Sales for the eight months ended Oct. 2, 1993, increased 6 percent to $804.5 million from $756.7 million for the comparable period last year. The company's year-to-date comparable store sales decreased 2 percent.
 Charming Shoppes Inc. operates 1,275 stores in 44 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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