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Urban Outfitters Reports Q2 Sales Increase

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 6, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Nasdaq:URBN), a leading lifestyle specialty retail company operating under the Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands, today announced sales for the three and six months ended July 31, 2009.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2010, total Company net sales increased by 1% over the same quarter last year to $459 million. Comparable retail segment net sales, which include our direct-to-consumer channels, decreased 3%. Comparable store net sales decreased 6% with declines at Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters of 4%, 16%, and 8%, respectively. Direct-to-consumer net sales rose 17% and wholesale segment net sales declined 7%.

"We were pleased that our total company comparable sales improved from the first quarter," said Glen T. Senk, Chief Executive Officer. "While we anticipate challenging marketplace conditions to persist for the second half of the year, we believe we are well positioned to continue to improve our performance," finished Mr. Senk.

Net sales for the three and six months were as follows:

                                Three months ended   Six months ended
                                     July 31,            July 31,
                                ------------------  ------------------
                                  2009      2008      2009      2008
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
                                  (in thousands)      (in thousands)

 Urban Outfitters stores        $177,122  $189,812  $329,954  $349,602
 Anthropologie stores            173,146   165,615   311,489   311,211
 Free People stores                9,216     7,759    16,529    13,618
 Terrain                           2,312     2,608     3,615     3,225
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
  Net store sales                361,796   365,794   661,587   677,656
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Direct-to-consumer               70,926    60,498   131,736   118,746
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
  Retail segment net sales       432,722   426,292   793,323   796,402
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Wholesale Segment net sales      25,906    28,003    50,101    52,185
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
  Total net sales               $458,628  $454,295  $843,424  $848,587
                                ========  ========  ========  ========

During the six months ended July 31, 2009, the Company has opened a total of 15 new stores including: 6 new Urban Outfitters stores, 6 new Anthropologie stores and 3 new Free People stores. The Company expects to open 34 to 36 new stores during the full fiscal year. The Company will release earnings results for the three and six months ended July 31, 2009 on August 13, 2009.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. is an innovative specialty retail company which offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise to highly defined customer niches through 148 Urban Outfitters stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe, two web sites and a catalog; 127 Anthropologie stores, a web site, catalog and Leifsdottir, Anthropologie's wholesale concept; Free People Wholesale, which sells its product to approximately 1,400 specialty stores and select department stores; 33 Free People stores, a web-site and catalog; and one Terrain garden center as of July 31, 2009.

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 filing 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.

CONTACT: Urban Outfitters, Inc. John Kyees, Chief Financial Officer (215) 454-5500