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August 22, 2012 8:30 am ET
David Dyer – President, Chief Executive Officer
Pamela Knous – Chief Financial Officer
Todd Vogensen – Vice President, Investor Relations
Adrienne Tennant – Janney Capital Markets
Robin Murchison – SunTrust
Neely Tamminga – Piper Jaffray
Dana Telsey – Telsey Advisory Group
Betty Chen – Wedbush Securities
Paul Alexander – Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Samantha Shapiro – Stifel Nicolaus
Margaret Whitfield – Sterne Agee
Jennifer Black – Jennifer Black & Associates
Marni Shapiro – The Retail Tracker
Brian Tunick – JP Morgan
Good morning and welcome to Chico’s FAS Inc.’s Second Quarter Sales and Earnings conference call. At this time, all participants are in listen-only mode. Should you need assistance, please signal a conference specialist by pressing the star key followed by zero. A brief question and answer session will follow the formal presentation.
It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Todd Vogensen. Mr. Vogensen, you may begin.
Thank you Valerie, and good morning everyone. Welcome to the Chico’s FAS Second Quarter Earnings conference call and webcast. David Dyer, CEO and Pam Knous, CFO are here with me at our national store support center in Fort Myers.
Before Dave begins his executive overview, we would like to remind you that our discussion this morning includes forward-looking statements which are subject to and protected by the Safe Harbor statement found in our SEC filings and in today’s earnings release. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied by such statements will not be realized.