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Lifetime Brands Announces Third Quarter 2008 Results.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Lifetime Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: LCUT), North America's leading resource for nationally branded kitchenware, tabletop and home decor products, today announced results for the three months ended September 30, 2008.

For the third quarter of 2008, Lifetime's net sales totaled $140.6 million, as compared to net sales of $143.5 million for the same period in 2007. Including $17.0 million in sales due to the June 2008 acquisition of the business and certain assets of Mikasa, Inc., net sales for the Company's wholesale segment increased slightly to $124.3 million from $123.2 million for the prior-year period. Net sales for the Company's direct-to-consumer ("DTC") segment were $16.4 million for the 2008 third quarter as compared to $20.3 million for the 2007 period. This decline was due primarily to the closing of 30 outlet retail stores in the first quarter of 2008. Comparable DTC segment store sales declined 5.0% for the quarter.

The Company reported a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.8 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2007. The Company's results for the 2008 third quarter included a charge of $4.6 million, which was primarily non-cash, or approximately $0.25 per diluted share, related to the closing of its remaining 53 outlet retail stores and related restructuring activity. Excluding this charge, the Company's net income would have been $2.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share.

Jeffrey Siegel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Although the recent economic uncertainty and weak retail environment made the third quarter extremely challenging, Lifetime is weathering the storm and seizing opportunities to grow market share across all categories. Our acquisition of Mikasa has turned out to be every bit as beneficial as we expected, providing us with many opportunities to strengthen our existing placement and open new doors. Our organic sales held up relatively well, with the shortfall in the third quarter primarily reflecting reduced sales to Canadian customers, who are now serviced through our Canadian strategic alliance, plus lower sales to certain retailers that are liquidating or in financial trouble, such as Linens 'N Things, which historically accounted for approximately 3% of Lifetime's sales. In 2009, we expect most, if not all, of these sales to be absorbed by other retailers who are customers of Lifetime.

"Our initiatives to reduce inventory and improve distribution efficiency continue to yield results and the closing of our retail stores is proceeding smoothly. With all the stores expected to be closed by year-end, the DTC segment, which also includes the Internet and catalog business that we will continue to operate, should contribute to the Company's earnings in 2009. In the last four quarters, the DTC segment had approximately $8 million in pretax losses, excluding restructuring expenses. The elimination of these losses will boost profits substantially."

Separately, the Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.0625 per share, payable on November 28, 2008 to shareholders of record on November 14, 2008.

Lifetime has scheduled a conference call Thursday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss its third quarter 2008 results. The dial-in number for the call is (706) 634-1218. A replay of the call will also be available through Thursday, November 13, 2008 and can be accessed by dialing (706) 645-9291, conference ID #68507205.

A live webcast of the conference call will be broadcast in the Investor Relations section of the Company's web site, www.lifetimebrands.com. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an audio replay of the call will also be available on the site.

About Lifetime Brands, Inc.

Lifetime Brands is North America's leading resource for nationally branded kitchenware, tabletop and home decor products. The Company markets its products under many of the industry's best known brands, including Farberware[R], KitchenAid[R], Pfaltzgraff[R], Mikasa[R], Cuisinart[R], Block[R], Calvin Klein[R], CasaModa[R], Cuisine de France[R], Gorham[R], Hoffritz[R], International[R] Silver, Joseph Abboud[TM], Kamenstein[R], Kirk Stieff[R], Melannco[R], Nautica[R], Pedrini[R], Roshco[R], Sabatier[R], Sasaki[R], Towle[R] Silversmiths, Tuttle[R], Wallace[R] and Vasconia[R]. Lifetime's products are distributed through most major retailers in North America.

The information herein contains certain forward-looking statements including statements concerning the Company's future prospects. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including risks relating to general economic conditions and risks relating to the Company's operations, such as the risk of loss of major customers and risks relating to changes in demand for the Company's products, as detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Included in this release is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
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Basic income (loss) per common share has been computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of shares of the Company's common stock outstanding. Diluted income (loss) per common share adjusts net income (loss) and basic income (loss) per common share for the effect of all potentially dilutive shares of the Company's common stock. The calculations of basic and diluted income (loss) per common share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007 are as follows:
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The computation of diluted income per common share for the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007 excludes: (i) options to purchase 1,786,150 shares and 1,495,500 shares, respectively; and (ii) 2,678,571 shares of the Company's common stock issuable upon the conversion of the Company's 4.75% Convertible Notes and related interest expense. The computation of diluted income (loss) per common share for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007 excludes: (i) options to purchase 1,791,650 shares and 1,560,767 shares, respectively; and (ii) 2,678,571 shares of the Company's common stock issuable upon the conversion of the Company's 4.75% Convertible Notes and related interest expense. These shares were excluded due to their antidilutive effect.
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