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Carter's, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

First Nine Months of Fiscal 2012 compared to First Nine Months of Fiscal 2011

Consolidated net sales increased $189.4 million, or 12.6%, to $1.7 billion. Net domestic sales of the Company’s Carter’s brands increased $115.0 million, or 9.8%, to $1.3 billion. Net domestic sales of the Company’s OshKosh B’gosh brand increased $2.9 million, or 1.1%, to $255.7 million. Net international sales to customers outside the United States increased $71.5 million to $153.4 million. Consolidated net sales in the first nine months of fiscal 2012 include $31.7 million in off-price channel sales, compared to $67.0 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2011.

Operating income in the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $183.6 million, an increase of $51.2 million, or 38.7%, from $132.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2011. First nine months fiscal 2012 pre-tax income includes expenses of approximately $5.5 million related to the revaluation of contingent consideration associated with the acquisition of Bonnie Togs and the previously-announced closure of the Company's Hogansville, Georgia distribution center. First nine months fiscal 2011 pre-tax income included approximately $9.2 million of expenses related to the Bonnie Togs acquisition, including $5.9 million of purchase accounting adjustments recorded in cost of goods sold. 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 first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $189.1 million, an increase of $47.4 million, or 33.5%, from the first nine months of fiscal 2011. The adjusted operating income increase reflects improved pricing and volume growth.

Net income increased $33.2 million, or 41.9%, to $112.5 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, compared to $79.2 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2011. Excluding the facility closure-related costs and the acquisition-related expenses noted above and detailed at the end of this release, adjusted net income in the first nine months of fiscal 2012 increased $31.0 million, or 36.1%, to $117.0 million, or $1.96 per diluted share. This compares to adjusted net income of $86.0 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2011.

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