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Carter's, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI), the largest branded marketer in the United States of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, today reported its second quarter 2012 results.

“We are very pleased with our second quarter performance which reflects the strength of our product offerings and the success of our multi-channel growth strategies in the United States and international markets,” said Michael D. Casey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are forecasting good growth in sales and earnings for the balance of the year supported by new product offerings and lower product costs.”

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2012 compared to Second Quarter of Fiscal 2011

Consolidated net sales increased $77.7 million, or 19.7%, to $472.2 million. Net domestic sales of the Company’s Carter’s brands increased $48.2 million, or 15.3%, to $363.8 million. Net domestic sales of the Company’s OshKosh B’gosh brand decreased $0.7 million, or 1.0%, to $71.1 million. Net international sales to customers outside the United States increased $30.2 million to $37.3 million, reflecting a full quarter of sales from the Company's Canadian operations in fiscal 2012.

Operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $34.4 million, an increase of $12.4 million, or 56.3%, from $22.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Second quarter fiscal 2012 pre-tax income includes expenses of approximately $1.8 million related to the previously-announced closure of the Company's Hogansville, Georgia distribution center in fiscal 2013 and the revaluation of contingent consideration associated with the June 2011 acquisition of Bonnie Togs, a retailer of children's apparel in Canada. Second quarter fiscal 2011 pre-tax income included approximately $1.2 million of expenses related to the Bonnie Togs acquisition. Excluding the facility closure-related costs and the acquisition-related expenses noted above and detailed at the end of this release, adjusted operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $36.2 million, an increase of $13.0 million, or 56.2%, from the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

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