NEW YORK — It was a Chico’s FAS kind of quarter.

The Fort Myers, Fla.-based operator of 409 women’s specialty stores, which sells casual clothing to female Baby Boomers, said net income for the first quarter ended May 3 soared 18.2 percent to $23.4 million, or 27 cents a diluted share, compared with income of $19.8 million, or 23 cents, in the prior year’s quarter. Total sales for the three-month period climbed 29.5 percent to $169 million over $130.5 million, and advanced 7.8 percent on a comparable-store sales basis.

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