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THE RIGHT START INC. REPORTS SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

 THE RIGHT START INC. REPORTS SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
 WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Right Start


Inc. (NASDAQ: RTST) today reported record revenues for its second fiscal quarter, although net income was below the prior-year period.
 Net income for the three months ended Nov. 27, 1991 amounted to $266,000, or $.05 per share, compared with $292,000, or $.07 per share a year ago. Revenues for the period rose 44 percent to $6,548,000 from $4,563,000 last year.
 For the six-month period, net income increased 10 percent to $685,000, or $.14 per share, from $621,000, or $.15 per share in the year-earlier period. Revenues advanced 55 percent to a record $15,003,000 from $9,599,000 a year ago.
 Stan Fridstein, president, said, "Sales have continued to rise as we see the second baby boom growing strongly and new parents increasingly rely on The Right Start products for their children's needs. However, catalog response rates were down, causing a decrease in revenues per catalog which resulted in slightly lower operating profits. While we were disappointed with the decline in net income compared to the same quarter last year, the results were respectable, considering today's economic environment, and we believe the recession will present some unique opportunities." Fridstein added, "The recent postal increase and the recession has brought us many potential acquisition candidates at good values, which we are vigorously pursuing."
 During the second quarter, The Right Start Inc. completed its initial public offering of 2.3 million shares, which resulted in net proceeds to the company of approximately $9 million, to be used principally for acquisitions that complement the company's existing product lines and customer base.
 In November, The Right Start opened its first retail store, adjacent to its Westlake Village headquarters. "Our new store visually unfolds our catalog concept into an exciting retail environment," said Fridstein.
 Founded in 1985, The Right Start is a leading U.S mail order catalog company, offering products for infants and children up to age four. The Right Start catalog arrives in almost three million homes four times a year, along with additional sales catalogs throughout the year.
 THE RIGHT START INC.
 Statement of Income
 (Unaudited)
 13 Weeks Ended 26 Weeks Ended
 Nov. 27, Nov. 28, Nov. 27, Nov. 28,
 1991 1990 1991 1990
 Net sales and
 other revenues:
 Net sales $6,329,000 $4,437,000 $14,557,000 $9,346,000
 Other revenues 219,000 126,000 446,000 253,000
 Total 6,548,000 4,563,000 15,003,000 9,599,000
 Total costs and
 expenses 6,206,000 4,113,000 14,035,000 8,636,000
 Operating income 342,000 450,000 968,000 963,000
 Interest and other
 income 68,000 10,000 106,000 14,000
 Interest expense --- (3,000) --- (11,000)
 Income before income
 provision income
 taxes 410,000 457,000 1,074,000 966,000
 Provision for
 income taxes (144,000) 165,000 (389,000) (345,000)
 Net income $266,000 $292,000 $685,000 $621,000
 Earnings per share
 (on a primary and
 fully-diluted
 basis) $.05 $.07 $.14 $.15
 Weighted average
 shares
 outstanding:
 Primary 5,329,774 4,000,000 4,862,774 4,000,000
 Fully-diluted 5,264,143 4,000,000 4,797,143 4,000,000
 -0- 12/16/91
 /CONTACT: Stan Fridstein or Lenny Targon, both of The Right Start Inc., 818-707-7100; Elizabeth Gard or Roger S. Pondel, both of Rifkin, Pondel & Parsons, 310-207-9300, for The Right Start/
 (RTST) CO: The Right Start Inc. ST: California IN: SU: ERN


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