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Fingerhut Partners with AT&T to Offer Co-Branded Internet Service.

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2001

Fingerhut announced today an agreement with AT&T WorldNet(R) Service to provide customers with a co-branded Internet service. AT&T's i495(SM) Internet offer brings Fingerhut customers a full-featured, reliable Internet service for only $4.95 a month. The co-branded Internet start-up page provides access to Fingerhut.com and its services as a feature every time the user logs on.

"We are always excited to provide our valued customers more services at Fingerhut.com," said Michael Sherman, Fingerhut president. "Our agreement with AT&T gives our customers quick and reliable access to the Internet and easy access to the Fingerhut brands they trust."

 Fingerhut consumers will receive these Internet services:

 -- Quick, convenient access to Fingerhut.com and Fingerhut's
 online merchandise
 -- Up to six e-mail addresses and up to 60 MB for a personal Web
 page
 -- Instant Messaging, online communities, chat and newsgroups
 -- Online customer support
 -- E-mail screen to eliminate junk e-mail
 -- Child safety software and anti-spam software
 -- Useful navigation bar and links to preferred sites


About AT&T WorldNet(R) Service

AT&T WorldNet(R)Service is one of the leading Internet Service Providers in the U.S. The i495 Offer provides reliable, easy Internet access across the nation. AT&T WorldNet(R) Service earned an unprecedented nine out nine A+ scores in Visual Network's Internet BenchMark(TM) survey of Internet Service Providers in February and has earned A+ scores in four or more measurement categories for 22 consecutive months in the same survey. AT&T WorldNet(R) Service was named "Best Buy" in PC World Magazine (March 1999), won PC Magazine's "Editors Choice" award (April 1999) and was praised as the top ISP in SmartMoney (April 1999).

About Fingerhut

Fingerhut Companies, Inc. is a leading database marketing company selling a broad range of products and services direct-to-the-consumer through catalogs, direct marketing and the Internet. Fingerhut is the second largest consumer cataloger in the country. In addition to the Fingerhut catalog, the company also publishes Figi's, Arizona Mail Order, Bedford Fair, Brownstone Studio, Lew Magram and Popular Club. The company, based in Minnetonka, Minn., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Federated Department Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FD). Fingerhut can also be found on the Internet at www.fingerhut.com.
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