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DSW Inc. Reports 2008 Third Quarter Financial Results; Updates Annual Outlook


COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), a leading branded footwear specialty retailer, announced net income of $13.2 million on net sales of $391.4 million for the third quarter ended November 1, 2008, compared with net income of $22.4 million on net sales of $367.4 million for the third quarter ended November 3, 2007. Same store sales decreased 4.1% for the comparable period versus a decrease of 3.0% last year.

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Diluted earnings per share were $0.30 for the third quarter this year compared with $0.51 last year.

Nine Month Results

Net income was $34.4 million on net sales of $1.11 billion for the thirty-nine week year-to-date period ended November 1, 2008, compared with net income of $52.7 million on net sales of $1.07 billion for the thirty-nine week year-to-date period ended November 3, 2007. Same store sales decreased 5.5% for the comparable thirty-nine week period versus a decrease of 0.5% last year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.78 for the thirty-nine week year-to-date period ended November 1, 2008, compared with $1.19 for the same period last year.

2008 Outlook

For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2009, the Company reiterated its estimated annual same store sales in the negative mid-single digits. Based on the performance through the third quarter reported today, annual 2008 diluted earnings per share are now estimated to be in the range of $0.62 to $0.72, updated from the Company's previously announced estimate of $0.75 to $0.85. Annual earnings estimate includes a severance charge to be taken in the fourth quarter, uncollectible fees from the bankruptcy of Value City Department Stores and anticipated continued economic decline. The Company plans to open 41 DSW stores during the current fiscal year.

Webcast and Conference Call

To hear the Company's live earnings conference call, log on to today at 8:00 AM Eastern, or call 1-866-831-6243 and reference passcode 83119093. To hear a replay of the earnings call, which will be available approximately two hours after the conference call ends, dial 1-888-286-8010, followed by passcode 17987583. An audio replay of the conference call, as well as additional financial information, will also be available at

About DSW Inc.

DSW Inc. is a leading branded footwear specialty retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear for women and men. As of November 25, 2008, DSW operated 299 stores in 37 states and operated an e-commerce site, DSW also supplied footwear to 379 leased locations in the United States. For store locations and additional information about DSW, visit

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Any statements in this release that are not historical facts, including the statements made in our "Outlook," are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the Company's current expectations and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: our success in opening and operating new stores on a timely and profitable basis; continuation of our supply agreements with our leased departments; maintaining good relationships with our vendors; our ability to anticipate and respond to fashion trends; fluctuation of our comparable store sales and quarterly financial performance; disruption of our distribution operations; impact of the change in the shared services agreement; the risk of Value City Department Stores ("Value City") not paying its obligations for the transition services; impact of the disposition of a majority interest in Value City by Retail Ventures on the allocation of expenses pursuant to the shared services agreement with RVI; failure to retain our key executives or attract qualified new personnel; our competitiveness with respect to style, price, brand availability and customer service; declining general economic conditions; risks inherent to international trade with countries that are major manufacturers of footwear; the success of; liquidity risks related to our investments; and security risks related to our electronic processing and transmission of confidential customer information. Additional factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our expectations are described in the Company's latest annual or quarterly report, as filed with the SEC. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the time when made. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise the forward-looking statements included in this press release to reflect any future events or circumstances.

                                   DSW INC.
                                (In thousands)

                                                      November 1, February 2,
                                                          2008        2008
    Cash and equivalents                                 $45,570     $61,801
    Short-term investments                                84,915      70,005
    Accounts receivable, net                              11,888      14,343
    Inventories                                          319,244     262,037
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets             24,237      23,134
    Deferred income taxes                                 26,276      20,302
    Total current assets                                 512,130     451,622

    Property and equipment, net                          233,631     192,772
    Long-term investments                                  4,493      12,500
    Goodwill                                              25,899      25,899
    Tradenames and other intangibles, net                  3,882       4,522
    Deferred income taxes and other assets                 5,348       6,567
    Total assets                                        $785,383    $693,882

    Accounts payable                                    $136,405    $114,595
    Accrued expenses                                      79,148      54,310
    Total current liabilities                            215,553     168,905

    Deferred income taxes and other non-current
     liabilities                                          99,044      91,497
    Total shareholders' equity                           470,786     433,480
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity          $785,383    $693,882

                                   DSW INC.
                   (In thousands, except per share amounts)

                                Three months ended      Nine months ended
                               November 1, November 3, November 1, November 3,
                                   2008        2007        2008        2007

    Net sales                    $391,355    $367,380  $1,114,794  $1,073,095
    Cost of sales                (282,280)   (260,720)   (807,578)   (775,829)
    Gross profit                  109,075     106,660     307,216     297,266
    Operating expenses            (88,158)    (71,855)   (252,614)   (216,917)
    Operating profit               20,917      34,805      54,602      80,349
    Interest income, net              686       1,533       1,829       5,200
    Earnings before income taxes   21,603      36,338      56,431      85,549
    Income tax provision           (8,425)    (13,906)    (22,008)    (32,852)
    Net income                    $13,178     $22,432     $34,423     $52,697

    Basic and diluted earnings
     per share:
       Basic                        $0.30       $0.51       $0.78       $1.20
       Diluted                      $0.30       $0.51       $0.78       $1.19
    Shares used in per share
       Basic                       44,011      43,957      43,992      43,951
       Diluted                     44,240      44,274      44,210      44,324



CONTACT: Investor Relations for DSW Inc., +1-614-872-1474/

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