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Ascena Retail Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2012 Results

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In particular, the Company announced, contemporaneously with the closing of the acquisition of Charming Shoppes, its intent to cease operating the acquired Fashion Bug business. The Fashion Bug business, consisting of approximately 600 retail stores, is expected to be closed down by early in calendar-year 2013 through an orderly liquidation of the related net assets.

In addition, the Company also announced, contemporaneously with the closing of the acquisition of Charming Shoppes, its intent to sell the acquired Figi’s business. The Figi’s business, which markets food and specialty gift products, is expected to be sold by the one-year anniversary date of the closing of the acquisition of Charming Shoppes.

Given the Company’s intent to exit both of those businesses, they have been appropriately classified as discontinued operations within the consolidated financial statements. As such, assets and liabilities relating to discontinued operations have been segregated and separately disclosed in the balance sheet as of the end of Fiscal 2012. In turn, operating results for those businesses have also been segregated and reported separately in the statement of operations for Fiscal 2012.

Segment Information

In January 2011, the Company completed an internal corporate reorganization and established a new holding company named Ascena Retail Group, Inc., to own the interests of each of the Justice, maurices and dressbarn brands through wholly owned subsidiaries. In connection therewith, beginning in Fiscal 2012, the Company implemented a new methodology to allocate corporate overhead costs to each of its operating segments on a reasonable basis.

As previously disclosed in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 16, 2011, in order to conform to this new cost allocation methodology, the Company has recasted historically reported segment operating results in order to enhance the comparability of its segmental operating performance. There have been no changes in total net sales or total operating income as a result of this change.

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