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Carter's, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2012 Results

Business Segment Results (Fiscal 2012 compared to Fiscal 2011)

Carter’s Segments

Carter’s retail segment sales increased $147.3 million, or 21.9%, to $818.9 million, driven by incremental sales of $77.3 million generated by new store openings and $54.3 million from eCommerce sales, as well as a comparable store sales increase of $23.5 million, or 3.9%. This growth was partially offset by a sales decrease of $7.8 million attributed to store closings. In fiscal 2012, the Company opened 63 Carter’s retail stores and closed nine.

Carter’s wholesale segment sales increased $42.3 million, or 4.5%, to $981.4 million, reflecting growth in all segment brands, partially offset by lower off-price channel sales.

OshKosh B’gosh Segments

OshKosh retail segment sales increased $2.4 million, or 0.9%, to $283.3 million, driven by incremental sales of $15.1 million generated by eCommerce and $3.8 million generated by new store openings, partially offset by a decrease of $11.4 million attributed to store closings and a comparable store sales decrease of $5.1 million, or 2.0%. In fiscal 2012, the Company opened eight OshKosh retail stores and closed ten.

OshKosh wholesale segment sales decreased $2.1 million, or 2.6%, to $79.8 million.

International Segment

International segment sales increased $82.0 million to $218.3 million, principally reflecting the contribution of the Company's business in Canada and higher wholesale sales in other countries. In fiscal 2012, the Company opened 18 retail stores in Canada and closed one.

Japan Operations

Consistent with its strategy to extend the reach of its brands, on February 1, 2013, the Company closed on a transaction with a former licensee in Japan. The Company currently sells Carter's and OshKosh B’gosh branded products through 97 retail locations, which include 14 branded stores and 83 additional retail points of distribution.

Japan, the third largest children's apparel market in the world, provided the largest international contribution to the Company's royalty income in 2012. To support direct retail operations, the Company has engaged a new leadership team in Japan and has retained substantially all of the former licensee's retail employees.

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