Delivers Q3 Comparable Retail Sales Increase of 4.6%Reports Q3 GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $2.36, a 26% Increase vs Q3 2015 and Q3 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share of $2.29, a 19% Increase vs Q3 2015Increases Fiscal 2016 Adjusted EPS Guidance to $5.00 to $5.05 vs Previous Guidance of $4.60 to $4.70 Returns $123 Million to Shareholders Year to Date, a 37% Increase Compared to LY SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Children's Place, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children's specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced financial results for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2016. Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We delivered another outstanding quarter, with EPS significantly above the high end of our guidance range. Comparable retail sales increased 4.6%. Comps were positive in all three months and accelerated as the quarter progressed. Inventory decreased 0.6% and is in excellent shape as we enter the fourth quarter. Based on these results, we are raising our adjusted EPS guidance for the full year to $5.00 to $5.05 per share compared to our previous guidance of $4.60 to $4.70 per share." Ms. Elfers continued, "Our number one priority is the creation of shareholder value. Our results are indicative of the impressive progress we have made against each of our strategic growth initiatives - superior product, business transformation through technology, global growth through alternate channels of distribution and fleet optimization - all of which are supported by a best-in-class management team. We look forward to continued momentum in our business for the fourth quarter and beyond." Financial ResultsThe Company's results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial information is provided at the end of this press release. Third Quarter 2016 ResultsNet sales increased 3.9% to $473.8 million in the third quarter of 2016. Comparable retail sales increased 4.6% in the third quarter of 2016. Net income was $44.2 million, or $2.36 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016, compared to net income of $38.5 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, the previous year. Adjusted net income was $42.8 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $39.6 million, or $1.93 per diluted share, in the third quarter last year. There was no impact on adjusted net income per diluted share in the quarter from currency exchange rate fluctuations.