MONTRÉAL, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Le Château Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CTU), today reported that comparable store sales for the second quarter up until July 14th (i.e. an 11-week period) increased by 4.5% over the same period last year. Year-to-date up until July 14th (i.e. a 24-week period) comparable store sales were up 2.2% over the prior year.

“Our comparable store sales for the quarter-to-date and year-to-date periods confirm the progress we have made in the execution of Le Château’s business plan. After approximately three years we are now reaching the right balance between our regular and outlet stores. Furthermore, our brick and mortar store network is now fully harmonized with our rapidly growing e-commerce platform reflecting the reality of retailing today,” commented Le Château Chairman and CEO, Jane Silverstone, during the Company’s annual meeting held today.  

“We have faced the many challenges of a constantly evolving retail landscape over our history, and have always successfully met these challenges to remain a brand synonymous with fashion and style. The most recent brand transition, triggered by the seismic impact of e-commerce on consumer behavior, is almost completed. We have a strong brand, a solid network of stores and a robust growing e-commerce platform allowing us now to envision a return to profitability.”

Le Château is a leading Canadian specialty retailer and manufacturer of exclusively designed apparel, footwear and accessories for contemporary and style-conscious women and men, with an extensive network of 149 prime locations across Canada and an e-com platform servicing Canada and the U.S. Le Château, committed to research, design and product development, manufactures approximately 30% of the Company’s apparel in its own Canadian production facilities.

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Factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: the ability of the Company to successfully implement its business initiatives and whether such business initiatives will yield the expected benefits; liquidity risks; competitive conditions in the businesses in which the Company participates; changes in consumer spending; general economic conditions and normal business uncertainty; seasonality and weather patterns; changes in the Company's relationship with its suppliers; lease renewals; information technology security and loss of customer data; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; interest rate fluctuations and changes in laws, rules and regulations applicable to the Company. There can be no assurance that borrowings will be available to the Company, or available on acceptable terms, in an amount sufficient to fund the Company's needs or that additional financing will be provided by any of the controlling shareholders of the Company. The foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect our results.

For further information
Emilia Di Raddo, CPA, CA, President (514) 738-7000
Johnny Del Ciancio, CPA, CA, Vice-President, Finance, (514) 738-7000
MaisonBrison: Pierre Boucher, (514) 731-0000
Source: Le Château Inc.