The Walt Disney Company Confirms — It Is In Discussions Regarding Potential Ownership Of A Smaller Disney Store Chain In North America

BURBANK, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today confirmed that it is in advanced discussions with The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., to explore terms under which Disney might acquire ownership of a portion of the Disney Store chain in North America.

The Company believes the Disney Stores can be an important extension of the ” Disney” brand and, with the improved economics provided by a smaller store footprint, could add value to the Company in the promotion and monetization of its growing number of robust franchises.

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The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products. Disney is a Dow 30 company, had annual revenues of more than $35 billion in its most recent fiscal year, and a market capitalization of nearly $59 billion as of March 19, 2008.