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Limited Brands Reports October 2012 Sales and Increases Third Quarter Earnings Guidance

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Limited Brands Reports October 2012 Sales and Increases Third Quarter Earnings Guidance07:00 EDT Thursday, November 01, 2012COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LTD) reported a comparable store sales increase of 3 percent for the four weeks ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to the four weeks ended Oct. 29, 2011.  The company reported net sales of $611.0 million for the four weeks ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to net sales of $652.4 million last year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020520/CLM001LOGO ) The company reported a comparable store sales increase of 5 percent for the third quarter ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to the third quarter ended Oct. 29, 2011.  The company reported net sales of $2.050 billion for the third quarter ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to net sales of $2.173 billion last year.The company reported a comparable store sales increase of 7 percent for the 39 weeks ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to the 39 weeks ended Oct. 29, 2011.  The company reported net sales of $6.603 billion for the 39 weeks ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to net sales of $6.849 billion last year.  October 2011, third quarter 2011 and 2011 year-to-date sales included $74.4 million, $258.7 million and $689.2 million attributable to the third party apparel sourcing business, which was sold in November 2011.The company expects to report third quarter adjusted earnings per share of $0.23 to $0.25, versus its previous guidance of $0.15 to $0.20.  The company will report third quarter earnings on Nov. 14 after the close of the market and will conduct its third quarter earnings call at 9 a.m. Eastern on Nov. 15.   To hear further commentary provided on Limited Brands' prerecorded October sales message, call 1-866-639-7583 (1-866-NEWS-LTD), or log onto www.Limitedbrands.com for an audio replay.  ABOUT LIMITED BRANDS:Limited Brands, through Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 2,626 specialty stores in the United States and its brands are sold in more than 700 company-operated and franchised additional locations world-wide.  The company's products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.Limited Brands b-roll footage of stores is available through our online newsroom.Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Limited Brands, Inc. cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the October sales call involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control.  Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements.  Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "planned," "potential" and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements.  Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the October sales call: general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;  the seasonality of our business; the dependence on a high volume of mall traffic and the possible lack of availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms; our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions; our ability to successfully expand into international markets and related risks; our independent licensees and franchisees; our direct channel business; our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images; our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents; the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly; consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully; our reliance on foreign sources of production, including risks related to: political instability; duties, taxes and other charges on imports; legal and regulatory matters; volatility in currency exchange rates; local business practices and political issues; potential delays or disruptions in shipping and related pricing impacts; the disruption of imports by labor disputes; and changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;stock price volatility; our failure to maintain our credit rating; our ability to service our debt; our ability to retain key personnel; our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor costs; the inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards; fluctuations in product input costs; fluctuations in energy costs; increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing; claims arising from our self-insurance; our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems; our failure to comply with regulatory requirements; tax matters; and legal and compliance matters.We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the October sales call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.LIMITED BRANDSOCTOBER 2012 Comparable Store Sales Increase (Decrease): October2012 October2011 Third Quarter2012 Third Quarter2011 Year-to-Date2012 Year-to-Date2011Victoria's Secret Stores3%9%6%13%9%15%Bath & Body Works5%6%5%9%6%8%La Senza(2%)(5%)(2%)(4%)(2%)(2%)Limited Brands3%6%5%9%7%11% Victoria's Secret Direct Sales (3%) 12% (2%) 8% 2% 4% Total Sales (Millions): Third Quarter 2012 Third Quarter 2011Year-to-date 2012Year-to-date2011Victoria's Secret Stores$ 1,009.2$ 941.6$ 3,267.1$ 2,991.7Victoria's Secret Direct270.6276.91,059.21,038.8  Total Victoria's Secret$ 1,279.8$ 1,218.5$ 4,326.3$ 4,030.5Bath & Body Works$ 538.4$ 503.7$ 1,652.6$ 1,546.4La Senza$  82.9$ 92.9$  253.1$ 295.4Other $ 149.1$ 358.3$ 371.1$ 976.3Limited Brands$ 2,050.2$ 2,173.4$ 6,603.1$ 6,848.6 Total Company-Operated Stores:Stores Year-to-dateStoresOperatingOperatingat 1/28/12 OpenedClosedat 10/27/12Victoria's Secret Stores1,01720(17)1,020Bath & Body Works1,5873(10)1,580Henri Bendel197-26   Total United States2,62330(27)2,626La Senza Canada230-(65)165Bath & Body Works Canada692(1)70Victoria's Secret Canada195-24Victoria's Secret UK-2-2Total Limited Brands2,94139(93)2,887 SOURCE Limited Brands, Inc.For further information: Limited Brands:, Investor Relations, Amie Preston, +1-614-415-6704, apreston@limitedbrands.com; Media Relations, Tammy Roberts Myers, +1-614-415-7072, extcomm@limitedbrands.com