BELLPORT, N.Y., Sept. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perfumania Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PERF) announced today that Perfumania, one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries which operates specialty retail fragrance stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, reported total net sales of $18.4 million for the four week fiscal month of August 2010 which ended August 28, 2010 versus $20.3 million for the four week fiscal month of August 2009 which ended August 29, 2009. On a year-to-date basis, total net sales were $126.8 million in the current year compared with $124.5 million last year. For the month of August 2010, comparable store sales decreased by 8.7%. The decrease in comparable store sales for the month of August was partially offset by an improved gross margin achieved in August 2010.  Comparable store sales on a year-to-date basis increased by 1.2%.  Comparable store sales measure sales from stores that have been open for one year or more. We exclude stores that are closed for renovation from comparable store sales from the month during which renovation commences until the first full month after reopening.

PERFUMANIA AUGUST AND YEAR-TO-DATE RETAIL SALES (in $000's):
  FY 2010   FY 2009   FY 2008  
    Increase (Decrease)   Increase (Decrease)   Increase (Decrease)
             
Number of Stores, August 367 (0.5%) 369 12.5% 328  
             
August Total Retail Sales $18,354 (9.8%) $20,337 12.4% $18,098  
  YTD August Total Retail Sales $126,781 1.9%  $124,470 1.9% $122,136  
             
August Comparable Store Sales   (8.7%)   1.0%   (0.7%)
  YTD August Comparable Store Sales   1.2%   (8.8%)   2.4%

This press release may include information presented which contains forward-looking information, including statements regarding the strategic direction of the Company. Some of these statements, including those that contain the words "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "should," "intend," and other similar expressions, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievement to differ materially from those described or implied in the forward-looking statements are our ability to further integrate and achieve synergies between the Perfumania and Model Reorg businesses, our ability to service our obligations, our ability to comply with the covenants in our senior credit facility, general economic conditions including a decrease in discretionary spending by consumers, competition and the ability to raise additional capital to finance our expansion.   Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2010, in the section entitled "Risk Factors." 
CONTACT:  Perfumania Holdings, Inc.          Michael W. Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer          631-866-4156

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