Eight outlet stores opened in May, with four more scheduled forthis year.

"It is very early, and there is much to learn. But we are verypleased with the initial response," said Trudy F. Sullivan,president and CEO.

Talbots also recently announced an agreement to sellsubstantially all of the J. Jill brand assets (acquired in 2006) toJill Acquisition, LLC, an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, a SanFrancisco-based private equity investment firm, for approximately$75 million. The deal is expected to close in the secondquarter.

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