Brian Woolf

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Charming Shoppes, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRS) a leading apparel retailer specializing in women's plus-size apparel, today announced that Elizabeth Crystal has joined Lane Bryant as Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer. Crystal will develop and lead the brand positioning, marketing, and advertising strategies for the Lane Bryant and Cacique brands. She will serve as the brand strategist, working with senior leadership to elevate and expand the brand's presence. Among her responsibilities will be to anticipate and exceed the customer's expectations of the Lane Bryant brand and image, to manage all creative, print, public relations

Bensalem, Pa. -- Charming Shoppes said Thursday it recorded a net loss on a GAAP basis of $30.4 million for the quarter ended Jan. 29, compared with a loss of $28 million a year earlier. The company also announced the announced the appointment of Anthony M. Romano, COO and acting CEO, as president and CEO. Total net sales increased 7% to $575.8 million for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 29, compared with $539.0 million for the prior year period. Same-store sales for the fourth quarter increased 9%, including an 11% increase at Lane Bryant; e-commerce sales increased 41%. The

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