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bebe stores Approves $30M Share Repurchase Authorization


bebe stores (NASDAQ: BEBE) announced today that its board of directors has authorized a program to repurchase up to $30 million of its common stock. The Company intends, from time to time, as business conditions warrant, to repurchase stock in the open market or through private transactions. Purchases may be increased, decreased or discontinued at any time without prior notice. The plan does not obligate the Company to repurchase any specific number of shares and may be suspended at any time at management's discretion. The Company currently has approximately 84 million shares outstanding.

“This authorization to repurchase stock reflects the Company's belief in the current strategies, and the intention to return value to our shareholders through the payment of quarterly dividends and share repurchases,” stated Manny Mashouf, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

bebe stores, inc. is a global specialty retailer, which designs, develops and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women's apparel and accessories under its bebe, BEBE SPORT, bbsp and 2b bebe brand names. bebe currently operates 250 stores, of which 198 are bebe stores, including the on-line store, and 52 are 2b bebe stores, including the on-line store These stores are located in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada and Japan. bebe also distributes and sells bebe branded product through its licensees in approximately 21 countries.

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