NEW YORK — War worries and snowstorms may have given other retailers pause, but they couldn’t stop Chico’s FAS from delivering double-digit increases in profits, sales and comparable-store sales in the fourth quarter, or from unveiling plans for a new retail concept to make its debut in 2004.

The Fort Myers, Fla.-based specialty retailer, which sells casual clothing to female Baby Boomers, will begin testing a nameplate in four to 10 new and independent stores, featuring an equal mix of activewear and intimate apparel, during the first half of next year, Pat Murphy, general merchandise manger, told investors on a morning conference call.

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