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This excerpt taken from the URBN 8-K filed Aug 9, 2007.

Urban Outfitters Boosts Q2 Earnings 24%

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), a leading lifestyle consumer products company operating under the Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters brands, today announced earnings of $31.9 million and $61.2 million for the three and six months ended July 31, 2007, respectively. Earnings per diluted share were $0.19 for the quarter and $0.36 for the six months.

As stated in the Company’s previous sales release on August 7, 2007, net sales jumped during the quarter by 22% to $348.4 million. Total Company comparable store sales grew 5% driven by increases of 14% and 28% at Anthropologie and Free People stores, respectively. Direct-to-consumer sales leaped 35% and Free People Wholesale sales improved 28% for the quarter. Urban Outfitters comparable store sales decreased 3% for the quarter.

“We delivered excellent results this quarter driven by outstanding performances at the Anthropologie and Free People brands,” stated Richard A. Hayne, Chairman and President. “The Urban Outfitters brand was less successful as its stores experienced gross margin pressure due to the de-leveraging of occupancy expenses and the need to take significant merchandise mark-downs. We feel confident that the recent personnel and structural realignments made at Urban NA will yield positive results in future quarters,” concluded Mr. Hayne.

Net sales for the periods were as follows:

 

     Three months ended
July 31,
   Six months ended
July 31,
     2007    2006    2007    2006
     (in thousands)    (in thousands)

Urban Outfitters store sales

   $ 140,931    $ 125,609    $ 270,839    $ 242,722

Anthropologie store sales

     137,558      107,740      256,157      207,668

Direct-to-consumer sales

     42,538      31,518      86,045      65,004

Free People sales

     27,422      20,692      49,952      40,172
                           

Total net sales

   $ 348,449    $ 285,559    $ 662,993    $ 555,566
                           

For the three and six months ended July 31, 2007, gross profit margins increased by 64 basis points and 33 basis points, respectively, versus the prior year’s comparable periods. The increase for both periods were primarily due to a reduction in markdowns and a lower rate of fixed store occupancy expense leveraged by ‘comp’ store sales improvements.


As of July 31, 2007, total Company inventories grew by $37.1 million or 25% on a year-over-year basis. The acquisition of inventory to stock new retail stores was the primary factor for this increase. Total comparable store inventories rose by 3%.

For the three and six months ended July 31, 2007, selling, general and administrative expenses, expressed as a percentage of net sales, increased by 62 and 41 basis points, respectively, versus the same periods last year. These increases related to non-comparable expenses to operate our new home office facility which starts to anniversary its phased opening in the third quarter of fiscal 2008 as well as certain non-recurring legal fees for intellectual property defense. The combination of these two items more than offset favorable rate reductions from controlling store related expenses.

During the six months ended July 31, 2007, the Company has opened 11 new stores and is scheduled to open a total of 38 new stores in the current fiscal year.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. is an innovative specialty retailer and wholesaler which offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise to highly defined customer niches through 111 Urban Retail stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe, two Urban Outfitters web sites and an Urban catalog; 96 Anthropologie Retail stores; an Anthropologie web site and catalog, and Free People, the Company’s wholesale division, which sells its product to approximately 1,500 specialty stores, department stores and catalogs, as well as through 11 Free People stores, a web site and catalog.

A conference call will be held today to discuss second quarter results and will be web cast at 11:00 a.m. EDT on: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=115825&eventID=1610866

This news release is being made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain matters contained in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Any one, or all, of the following factors could cause actual financial results to differ materially from those financial results mentioned in the forward-looking statements: the difficulty in predicting and responding to shifts in fashion trends, changes in the level of competitive pricing and promotional activity and other industry factors, overall economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns, including any effects of terrorist acts or war, availability of suitable retail space for expansion, timing of store openings, seasonal fluctuations in gross sales, the departure of one or more key senior managers, import risks, including potential disruptions and changes in duties, tariffs and quotas and other risks identified in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that actual results may differ materially from any projected results expressed or implied therein.

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