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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
FORM 10-K
x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended January 29, 2011
OR
o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from __ to __
Commission File Nos. 1-8899 and 333-148108
Claire’s Stores, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
Florida   59-0940416
     
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
2400 West Central Road,
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  60192
     
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (847) 765-1100
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) or 12(g) of the Act:     None
     Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes o No x
     Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.
Yes o No x
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes o No o
     Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x
     Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer o   Accelerated filer o   Non-accelerated filer x   Smaller reporting company o
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No x
     The aggregate market value of the registrant’s voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant is zero. The registrant is a privately held corporation.
As of April 1, 2011, 100 shares of the Registrant’s common stock, $.001 par value were outstanding.
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PART I.
Explanatory Notes
We refer to Claire’s Stores, Inc., a Florida corporation, as “Claire’s,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” or similar terms, and typically these references include our subsidiaries.
In May 2007, the Company was acquired by Apollo Management VI, L.P. (“Apollo Management”), together with certain affiliated co-investment partnerships (collectively the “Sponsors”), through a merger (the “Merger”) and Claire’s Stores, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Claire’s Inc. The Merger was financed by the issuance of $250.0 million of 9.25% senior notes due 2015 (the “Senior Fixed Rate Notes”), $350.0 million of 9.625%/10.375% senior toggle notes due 2015 (the “Senior Toggle Notes” and together with the Senior Fixed Rate Notes, the “Senior Notes”), $335.0 million of 10.50% senior subordinated notes due 2017 (the “Senior Subordinated Notes” and together with the Senior Notes, the “Notes”) and borrowings under the senior secured term loan facility and revolving credit facility (collectively the “Credit Facility”) of $1.65 billion. The aforementioned transactions, including the Merger and payment of costs related to these transactions as well as the related borrowings, are collectively referred to as the “Transactions.” The purchase of the Company by the Sponsors is referred to as the “Acquisition.”
On March 4, 2011, we issued $450.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.875% senior secured second lien notes that mature on March 15, 2019 (the “Senior Secured Second Lien Notes”). We used the net proceeds of the offering of the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes to reduce the entire amount outstanding under our revolving Credit Facility (without terminating the commitment) and indebtedness under our senior secured term loan.
Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. We refer to our fiscal year end based on the year in which the fiscal year begins.
An amendment to this Annual Report on Form 10-K to include Part III of the Form 10-K will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than 120 days after the end of Fiscal 2010.
Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Disclosures
This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We and our representatives may from time to time make written or oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in this and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in our press releases and reports to stockholders. All statements which address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future, including statements relating to our future financial performance, business strategy, planned capital expenditures, ability to service our debt, and new store openings for future fiscal years, are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are and will be based on management’s then current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements may use the words “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “project,” “may,” “believe,” “forecast,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including changes in estimates and judgments discussed under “Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are as follows: our level of indebtedness; general economic conditions; changes in consumer preferences and consumer spending; competition; general political and social conditions such as war, political unrest and terrorism; natural disasters or severe weather events; currency fluctuations and exchange rate adjustments; failure to maintain our favorable brand recognition; failure to successfully market our products through new channels, such as e-commerce; uncertainties generally associated with the specialty retailing business; disruptions in our supply of inventory; inability to increase same store sales; inability to renew, replace or enter into new store leases on favorable terms; significant increases in our merchandise markdowns; inability to grow our store base

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in Europe; inability to grow our international store base through franchise or similar licensing arrangements; inability to design and implement new information systems; delays in anticipated store openings or renovations; changes in applicable laws, rules and regulations, including changes in North America, European or other international laws and regulations governing the sale of our products, particularly regulations relating to heavy metal and chemical content in our products; changes in employment laws relating to overtime pay, tax laws and import laws; product recalls; loss of key members of management; increase in the costs of healthcare for our employees; increases in the cost of labor; labor disputes; unwillingness of vendors and service providers to supply goods or services pursuant to historical customary credit arrangements; increases in the cost of borrowings; unavailability of additional debt or equity capital; and the impact of our substantial indebtedness on our operating income and our ability to grow. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. In addition, we typically earn a disproportionate share of our operating income in the fourth quarter due to seasonal buying patterns, which are difficult to forecast with certainty.

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Item 1. Business
The Company
We are one of the world’s leading specialty retailers of fashionable accessories and jewelry at affordable prices for young women, teens, tweens, and girls ages 3 to 27. We are organized based on our geographic markets, which include our North American division and our European division. As of January 29, 2011, we operated a total of 2,981 stores, of which 1,972 were located in all 50 states of the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (our North American division) and 1,009 stores were located in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary (our European division). Our stores operate under the trade names “Claire’s” and “Icing.”
As of January 29, 2011, we also franchised or licensed 395 stores in Japan, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Greece, South Africa, Guatemala, Malta and Ukraine. We account for the goods we sell to third parties under franchising agreements within “Net sales” and “Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses” in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). The franchise fees we charge under the franchising agreements are reported in “Other expense (income), net” in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
Until September 2, 2010, we operated the stores in Japan through our former Claire’s Nippon 50:50 joint venture with Aeon Co., Ltd. We accounted for the results of operations of Claire’s Nippon under the equity method and included the results within “Other expense (income), net” in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). Beginning September 2, 2010, these stores began to operate as licensed stores.
Our primary brand in North America and exclusively in Europe is Claire’s. Our Claire’s customers are predominantly teens (ages 13 to 18), tweens (ages 7 to 12) and kids (ages 3 to 6), or referred to as our Young, Younger and Youngest target customer groups.
Our second brand in North America is Icing, which targets a single edit point customer represented by a 23 year old young woman just graduating from college and entering the work force who dresses consistent with the current fashion influences. We believe this niche strategy enables us to create a well defined merchandise point of view and attract a broad group of customers from 19 to 27 years of age.
We believe that we are the leading accessories and jewelry destination for our target customers, which is embodied in our mission statement — to be a fashion authority and fun destination offering a compelling, focused assortment of value-priced accessories, jewelry and other emerging fashion categories targeted to the lifestyles of kids, tweens, teens and young women. In addition to age segmentation, we use multiple lifestyle aesthetics to further differentiate our merchandise assortments for our Young and Younger target customer groups.
We provide our target customer groups with a significant selection of fashionable merchandise across a wide range of categories, all with a compelling value proposition. In Fiscal 2010, the average global selling price of our merchandise increased 6% from the prior year to $5.91 and the net average global transaction sales value increased 7% to $14.38. In Fiscal 2010, we continued to successfully shift our merchandise assortment more toward accessories categories, which resulted in accessories increasing to approximately 55% of our business.
Our major categories of business are:
    Accessories – includes fashion accessories for year-round use, including legwear, headwear, attitude glasses, scarves, armwear and belts, and seasonal use, including sunglasses, hats, fall footwear, sandals, scarves, gloves, boots, slippers and earmuffs; and other accessories, including hairgoods, handbags, and small leather goods, as well as cosmetics
 
    Jewelry – includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, body jewelry and rings, as well as ear piercing

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In North America, our stores are located primarily in shopping malls and average approximately 970 square feet of selling space. The differentiation of our Claire’s and Icing brands allows us to operate multiple store locations within a single mall. In Europe, our stores are located primarily on high streets, in shopping malls and in high traffic urban areas and average approximately 638 square feet of selling space.
Our Competitive Strengths
Strong Claire’s Name Brand Recognition Across the Globe. A Claire’s store is located in approximately 90% of all major U.S. shopping malls and in 32 countries outside of the U.S., including stores that we franchise or license. This global presence provides us with strong brand recognition of the Claire’s brand within our target customer base. The focus of our website is to showcase the merchandise, provide a platform for the brand and to create an interactive environment for our target customer groups in order to build greater awareness and increase customer engagement. Claire’s brand name is also featured in editorial coverage, press clips in relevant fashion periodicals, and on the internet, reinforcing our message to our target customers.
Diversification Across Geographies and Merchandise Categories. As of January 29, 2011, we operated a total of 2,981 stores, of which 1,972 were located across all 50 states of the United States, plus Puerto Rico, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As of January 29, 2011, we also operated 1,009 stores in 13 countries throughout Europe, 199 stores in 17 countries outside of Europe and North America through our franchise operations, and 196 stores in Japan via a license arrangement.
During Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, we generated approximately 64% and 63%, respectively, of our net sales from the North American division with the balance being delivered by our European division. Our net sales are not dependent on any one category, product or style and are diversified across approximately 8,000 ongoing stock-keeping units (SKUs) in our stores. This multi-classification approach allows us to capitalize on many fashion trends, ideas and merchandise concepts, while not being dependent on any one of them.
Cost-Efficient Global Sourcing Capabilities. Our merchandising strategy is supported by efficient, low-cost global sourcing capabilities diversified across approximately 700 suppliers located primarily outside the United States. Our contracts with vendors are short-term in nature and do not require a significant lead time. A significant portion of our product offering is developed by our product development team as well as our vertically-integrated global buying and sourcing group based in Hong Kong, enabling us to buy and source merchandise rapidly and cost effectively. Approximately 90% of our merchandise offering is proprietary.
Improved Cost Structure and Streamlined Operations. Our cost conscious culture serves as the basis for the improvements we have made to the cost structure since the acquisition. Through our Cost Savings Initiative (“CSI”), which we began in late fiscal 2008 and completed in fiscal 2009, we were able to achieve $60 million of annual cost reductions. CSI primarily focused on implementing a new field management structure and global store labor planning model while improving our centralization and simplifying processes across functions. In addition to CSI, we have successfully renegotiated over 700 leases and closed over 200 underperforming stores which enhanced the profitability of our store portfolio. We also completed our Pan-European Transformation project in 2008 and it is the underpinning for the way we operate across Europe. We consolidated three regional distribution centers into a single European distribution center co-located with a centralized Buying and Planning office for Europe.
Substantial Free Cash Flow Generation. We generate substantial free cash flow, which we believe is driven by our strong gross margins, efficient operating structure, low annual maintenance capital expenditures and flexible growth capital expenditure initiatives. Our minimal working capital requirements result from high merchandise margins, low unit cost of our merchandise and the limited seasonality of our business. Over the past three fiscal years, no single quarter represented less than 22% or more than 31% of annual net sales for the respective year.
Strong and Experienced Senior Management Team. We have a strong and experienced senior management team with extensive retail experience. Gene Kahn, our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), has over 36 years of experience in the retail industry, including positions of Chairman, CEO and President of

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The May Department Stores. Jim Conroy, our Corporate President, collaborates with the CEO to oversee the Global business and has direct responsibility for Global Merchandise and the International Division. Mr. Conroy has over 19 years of retail experience, including positions as a management consultant and retail executive. J. Per Brodin, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has over 20 years of financial accounting and management experience within and outside of the retail industry. Mr. Brodin has responsibility for Finance and Information Technology. Jay Friedman, President of our North American Division, has over 25 years of experience in operating and managing major divisions of several large-scale, multi-unit retail and apparel businesses, including, most recently, Jones Apparel Group, and, previously Footlocker and Etienne Aigner. Kenny Wilson, President of our European Division, brings to the Company 18 years of experience with Levi Strauss Corporation, and has extensive Pan-European experience across a broad array of retail related responsibilities. In addition, we have added 16 seasoned executives to key roles since the Merger.
Business Strategy
Our business strategy is built on two key components:
Drive organic growth through our merchandise, stores, and customer offense. In order to maximize our organic growth potential, drive same store sales improvement and sustain margins, our efforts are focused on three foundational areas of the business:
    Merchandise: We continue to enhance the fashion-orientation and quality of our product offering to deliver a unique, proprietary assortment that is highly relevant to our target customers, particularly the Claire’s Young (teenage) customer. We continue to focus on our multi-classification Accessories assortment, while maintaining our market leadership position in Jewelry, to capitalize on the evolving largest market opportunities. We are enabling these improvements through investments in fashion and trend forecasting, global product design and development, and in the enhancement of our Hong Kong-based sourcing capabilities to leverage our global purchasing economy of scale. Simultaneously, we are identifying product source alternatives.
 
    Stores: In our almost 3,400 stores worldwide, our objective is to provide a consistent, engaging, and brand-right customer experience. We are continually improving our in-store presentation of merchandise and marketing collateral through a rigorous planning and communication process, resulting in improved execution and increased consistency across the chain and, ultimately, a superior shopping experience. We are also commencing efforts to heighten the selling orientation of our store teams specific to each brand and country.
 
    Customer: In the past year, we have made significant strides to build deeper customer relationships and support our brands. We launched a new, innovative claires.com website that uses customer-generated content, conveys a real-life interaction with our customers, and presents an authoritative fashion position. We further drive brand awareness and relevance with our ongoing social media, email, and text campaigns, which leverage our Facebook fan base and proprietary customer database. Lastly, in parallel with our digital efforts, we have significantly upgraded our in-store marketing collateral in order to present a much more fashionable brand image that appeals to our target customers.
Increase our global reach through new store expansion (owned and franchise) and new distribution channels. We believe significant opportunities exist to grow our distribution worldwide. Our Claire’s concept has proven to be portable across diverse geographies and approximately 95% of our stores worldwide are cash flow positive. In addition, the moderate up-front investment requirements per store enable us to achieve an attractive return on investment.
We will extend our global reach in four primary ways:
    Build New Company-owned Claire’s Stores: We opened 82 new stores in 2010; 69 in Europe and 13 in North America. In addition, we have plans to open approximately 140 new stores in 2011, the majority of which will be in Europe.
 
    Build New Company-owned Icing Stores: As we refine the Icing brand concept, we believe there is significant opportunity to increase the store penetration in North America, as well as to roll out the concept on a global basis to markets where we can leverage the existing Claire’s infrastructure.

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    Open New International Markets with Franchise Partners: Building on our refined franchising model, which is present in multiple geographies worldwide, we will pursue high potential “white space” opportunities in new markets globally. In 2011, we intend to enter Mexico, India and possibly Australia. We are currently studying our brand entrance strategy for China and Southeast Asia for the ensuing years.
 
    Add Alternative Distribution Channels: We will seek new opportunities globally to market and distribute our brands, beginning with the launch of E-Commerce in the Claire’s North America Division which is targeted to debut in mid-2011.
This business strategy will allow us to maximize our sales opportunities, while driving our earnings with commensurate flow through and cash flow.
Fiscal 2011 Priorities
For Fiscal 2011, we have developed seven priorities that are designed to help advance our global business objectives. These seven priorities are as follows:
Deliver An Exceptional Highly Relevant Assortment for the Young Customer. We define the Young customer as girls between the ages of 13 and 18. During Fiscal 2011, we will continue to focus our efforts on delivering a fashion-right merchandise assortment that appeals to this important customer demographic that offers significant sales growth opportunities and enhances our brand perception.
Sustain Merchandise Margin. We have achieved significant merchandise margin improvement since 2007. During Fiscal 2011, we will leverage our global merchandise function to help drive performance, create greater consistency and establish product leadership globally. We intend to sustain our merchandise margin improvements while simultaneously pursuing select opportunities to further improve margin. We will focus our attention on reducing markdowns through improvements in merchandise selection, store allocation and replenishment as well as rationalizing our SKU count on an on-going basis. In addition, we will continue to pursue lower cost of merchandise purchases.
Enhance the In-Store Experience, Especially for the Young Customer. We intend to sharpen the focus of our planograms globally which should yield an even more consistent in-store presentation and an improved visually appealing product placement within the store. We intend to redefine the selling orientation of our store associates, particularly towards the Young customer. The redefined selling orientation, together with our pursuit of flawless in-store execution, will facilitate an improved customer experience.
Heighten Brand Relevance. We intend to further build our brand relevance through increasing the fashion orientation of all marketing and expanding our digital/interactive presence. We also intend to launch an E-Commerce site beginning with our North America Claire’s brand and continue to pursue selective partnerships with relevant, high-profile media and entertainment personalities and properties.
Extend Global Reach. During Fiscal 2011, we intend to significantly expand our company-owned store network in Europe and, in North America, selectively pursue additional new store locations, including potential new or understored markets as well as top-tier malls. We plan to position the “Icing” brand for global growth by revising the brand strategy and testing a new store environment to better appeal to the Icing customer. Internationally, we intend to pursue franchise partners for expansion into new non-owned markets.
Maintain Strong Financial Discipline. We will remain focused on prudent expense discipline. We intend to continue to invest selectively to propel growth while rigorously pursuing ongoing cost control. Such investments include infrastructure for global web presence, E-Commerce and our International division.
Develop our Team Members into a Top Performing Global Organization. During Fiscal 2011, we will work with the strong executive team in place to foster greater team spirit, an improved sense of community and focus on executive leadership development capabilities.

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In summary, we believe these seven priorities serve as the basis for individual division goals that translate to specific objectives that focus on the achievement of division specific metrics that support the Company’s global financial objectives.
Stores
Our stores in North America are located primarily in shopping malls and average approximately 970 square feet of selling space. Our stores in Europe are located primarily on high streets, in shopping malls and in high traffic urban locations and average approximately 638 square feet of selling space. Our store hours are dictated by shopping mall operators and our stores are typically open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and, where permitted by law, from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Approximately 76% of our sales in Fiscal 2010 were made in cash (including checks and debit card transactions), with the balance made by credit cards. We permit, with restrictions on certain items, returns for exchange or refund.
Store Management
Our stores are organized and controlled on a district level. We employ District Managers, each of whom supervises store managers and the business in their respective geographic area and report to Regional Managers.
In North America, each Regional Manager reports to Territorial Vice Presidents, who report to the Senior Vice President of Stores. Each store is typically staffed by a Manager, an Assistant Manager and one or more part-time employees.
In Europe, District Sales Managers report to Regional Sales Managers who report to either Country Managers or directly to two Managing Sales Directors. We now have four operating zones within Europe: (Zone 1) United Kingdom and Ireland; (Zone 2) France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium; (Zone 3) Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands and Germany; and (Zone 4) Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Store Openings, Closings and Future Growth
In Fiscal 2010, we opened 82 stores and closed 49 underperforming stores, for a net increase of 33 stores. In Europe, we increased our store count by 54 stores, net, resulting in a total of 1,009 stores. In North America, we decreased our store count by 21 stores, net, to 1,972 stores. “Stores, net” refers to stores opened, net of closings.
                         
    January 29,     January 30,     January 31,  
Store Count as of:   2011     2010     2009  
North America
    1,972       1,993       2,026  
Europe
    1,009       955       943  
 
                 
Subtotal Company-Owned
    2,981       2,948       2,969  
 
                 
Joint Venture
          211       214  
Franchise and License
    395       195       196  
 
                 
Subtotal Non-Owned
    395       406       410  
 
                 
Total
    3,376       3,354       3,379  
 
                 
We plan to open approximately 140 Company-owned stores globally in Fiscal 2011. We also plan to continue opening stores when suitable locations are found and satisfactory lease negotiations are concluded. Our initial investment in new stores opened during Fiscal 2010, which includes leasehold improvements and fixtures, averaged approximately $215,000 per store globally. In addition to the investment in leasehold improvements and fixtures, we may also purchase intangible assets or incur initial direct costs for leases relating to certain store locations in our European operations.
Purchasing and Distribution
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approximately 69% purchased from China. We are not dependent on any single supplier for merchandise purchased. Merchandise for our North American stores is shipped from our distribution facility in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Our distribution facility in Birmingham, United Kingdom services all of our stores in Europe. We distribute merchandise to our franchisees and licensee from a third party operated distribution center in Hong Kong. Merchandise is shipped from our distribution centers by common carrier to our individual store locations. To keep our assortment fresh and exciting, we typically ship merchandise to our stores three to five times a week.
Trademarks and Service Marks
We are the owner in the United States of various marks, including “Claire’s,” “Claire’s Accessories,” “Icing,” and “Icing by Claire’s.” We have also registered these marks outside of the United States. We currently license certain of our marks under franchising and licensing arrangements in Japan, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Greece, Guatemala, Malta and Ukraine. We believe our rights in our marks are important to our business and intend to maintain our marks and the related registrations.
Information Technology
Information technology is important to our business success. Our information and operational systems use a broad range of both purchased and internally developed applications to support our retail operations, financial, real estate, merchandising, inventory management and marketing processes. Sales information is generally collected from point of sale terminals in our stores on a daily basis. We have developed proprietary software to support key decisions in various areas of our business including merchandising, allocation and operations. We periodically review our critical systems to evaluate disaster recovery plans and the security of our systems.
Competition
The specialty retail business is highly competitive. We compete on a global, national, regional, and local level with other specialty and discount store chains and independent retail stores. Our competition also includes Internet, direct marketing to consumer, and catalog businesses. We also compete with department stores, mass merchants, and other chain store concepts. We cannot estimate the number of our competitors because of the large number of companies in the retail industry that fall into one of these categories. We believe the main competitive factors in our business are brand recognition, merchandise assortments for each target customer, compelling value, store location and the shopping experience.
Seasonality
Sales of each category of merchandise vary from period to period depending on current trends. We experience traditional retail patterns of peak sales during the Christmas, Easter, and back-to-school periods. Sales as a percentage of total sales in each of the four quarters of Fiscal 2010 were 23%, 23%, 24% and 30%, respectively.
Employees
On January 29, 2011, we employed approximately 18,400 employees, 62% of whom were part-time. Part-time employees typically work up to 20 hours per week. We do not have collective bargaining agreements with any labor unions, and we consider employee relations to be good.
Further Information
We make available free of charge through the financial page of our website at www.clairestores.com our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Item 1A. Risk Factors
These risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position or results of operations. The following risk factors may not include all of the important factors that could affect our business or our industry or that could cause our future financial results to differ materially from historic or expected results.
Risks Relating to Economic Conditions
Economic conditions may adversely impact demand for our merchandise, reduce access to credit and cause our customers and others with whom we do business to suffer financial hardship, all of which could adversely impact our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Consumer purchases of discretionary items, including our merchandise, generally decline during recessionary periods and other periods where disposable income is adversely affected. Some of the factors impacting discretionary consumer spending include general economic conditions, wages and employment, consumer debt, the availability of customer credit, currency exchange rates, taxation, fuel and energy prices, interest rates, consumer confidence and other macroeconomic factors. Downturns in the economy typically affect consumer purchases of merchandise and could adversely impact our results of operations and continued growth.
The distress in the financial markets experienced in the last several years resulted in volatility in security prices and has had a negative impact on credit availability, and there can be no assurance that our liquidity will not be affected by future changes in the financial markets and the global economy or that our capital resources will at all times be sufficient to satisfy our liquidity needs. Distress in the financial markets also had a negative impact on businesses around the world, and the future impact to our suppliers cannot be predicted. The inability of our suppliers to access liquidity or trade credit could lead to delays or failures in delivery of merchandise to us.
We have significant amounts of cash and cash equivalents at financial institutions that are in excess of federally insured limits. With the current financial environment and the instability of financial institutions, we cannot be assured that we will not experience losses on our deposits.
Risks Relating to Our Company
Fluctuations in consumer preference may adversely affect the demand for our products and result in a decline in our sales.
Our retail fashion accessories and jewelry business fluctuates according to changes in consumer preferences. If we are unable to anticipate, identify or react to changing styles or trends, our sales may decline, and we may be faced with excess inventories. If this occurs, we may be forced to rely on additional markdowns or promotional sales to dispose of excess or slow moving inventory, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and adversely affect our gross margins. In addition, if we miscalculate customer tastes and our customers come to believe that we are no longer able to offer merchandise that appeals to them, our brand image may suffer.
Advance purchases of our merchandise make us vulnerable to changes in consumer preferences and pricing shifts and may negatively affect our results of operations.
Fluctuations in the demand for retail accessories and jewelry especially affect the inventory we sell because we order our merchandise in advance of the applicable season and sometimes before trends are identified or evidenced by customer purchases. In addition, the cyclical nature of the retail business requires us to carry a significant amount of inventory, especially prior to peak selling seasons when we and other retailers generally build up inventory levels. We must enter into contracts for the purchase and manufacture of merchandise with our suppliers in advance of the applicable selling season. As a result, we are vulnerable to demand and pricing shifts and it is more difficult for us to respond to new or changing customer needs. Our financial condition could be materially adversely affected if we are unable to manage

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inventory levels and respond to short-term shifts in client demand patterns. Inventory levels in excess of client demand may result in excessive markdowns and, therefore, lower than planned margins. If we underestimate demand for our merchandise, on the other hand, we may experience inventory shortages resulting in missed sales and lost revenues. Either of these events could negatively affect our operating results and brand image.
A disruption of imports from our foreign suppliers may increase our costs and reduce our supply of merchandise.
We do not own or operate any manufacturing facilities. We purchased merchandise from approximately 700 suppliers in Fiscal 2010. Approximately 86% of our Fiscal 2010 merchandise was purchased from suppliers outside the United States, including approximately 69% purchased from China. Any event causing a sudden disruption of imports from China or other foreign countries, including political and financial instability, would likely have a material adverse effect on our operations. We cannot predict whether any of the countries in which our products currently are manufactured or may be manufactured in the future will be subject to additional trade restrictions imposed by the United States and other foreign governments, including the likelihood, type or effect of any such restrictions. Trade restrictions, including increased tariffs or quotas, embargoes and customs restrictions, on merchandise that we purchase could increase the cost or reduce the supply of merchandise available to us and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. The United States has previously imposed trade quotas on specific categories of goods and apparel imported from China, and may impose additional quotas in the future. There has been increased international pressure on China regarding revaluation of the Chinese yuan, including U.S. Federal legislation to impose tariffs on imports from China unless the Chinese government revalues the Chinese yuan.
Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could negatively impact our results of operations.
Substantially all of our foreign purchases of merchandise are negotiated and paid for in U.S. dollars. As a result, our sourcing operations may be adversely affected by significant fluctuation in the value of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies. We are also exposed to the gains and losses resulting from the effect that fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates have on the reported results in our Consolidated Financial Statements due to the translation of operating results and financial position of our foreign subsidiaries. We purchased approximately 69% of our merchandise from China in Fiscal 2010. During Fiscal 2010, the Chinese yuan strengthened against the U.S. dollar, and this trend may continue in Fiscal 2011. An increase in the Chinese yuan against the dollar means that we will have to pay more in U.S. dollars for our purchases from China. If we are unable to negotiate commensurate price decreases from our Chinese suppliers, these higher prices would eventually translate into higher costs of sales, which could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.
Our business depends on the willingness of vendors and service providers to supply us with goods and services pursuant to customary credit arrangements which may not be available to us in the future.
Like most companies in the retail sector, we purchase goods and services from trade creditors pursuant to customary credit arrangements. If we are unable to maintain or obtain trade credit from vendors and service providers on terms favorable to us, or at all, or if vendors and service providers are unable to obtain trade credit or factor their receivables, then we may not be able to execute our business plan, develop or enhance our products or services, take advantage of business opportunities or respond to competitive pressures, any of which could have a material adverse affect on our business. In addition, the tightening of trade credit could limit our available liquidity.
The failure to grow our store base in Europe or expand our international franchising may adversely affect our business.
Our growth plans include expanding our store base in Europe. Our ability to grow successfully outside of North America depends in part on determining a sustainable formula to build customer loyalty and gain market share in certain especially challenging international retail environments. Additionally, the integration of our operations in foreign countries presents certain challenges not necessarily presented in the integration of our North American operations.

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We plan to expand into new countries through organic growth and by entering into franchising and licensing agreements with unaffiliated third parties who are familiar with the local retail environment and have sufficient retail experience to operate stores in accordance with our business model, which requires strict adherence to the guidelines established by us in our franchising agreements. Failure to identify appropriate franchisees or negotiate acceptable terms in our franchising and licensing agreements that meet our financial targets would adversely affect our international expansion goals, and could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and impede our strategy of increasing our net sales through expansion.
Our cost of doing business could increase as a result of changes in federal, state, local and international regulations regarding the content of our merchandise.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”), in general, bans the sale of children’s products containing lead in excess of certain maximum standards, and imposes other restrictions and requirements on the sale of children’s products, including importing, testing and labeling requirements. Accordingly, merchandise covered by the CPSIA that is sold to our Younger and Youngest customers is subject to the CPSIA. In addition, various states, from time to time, propose or enact legislation regarding heavy metals or chemicals in products that differ from federal laws. We are also subject to various other health and safety rules and regulations, such as the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Federal Hazardous Substance Act. Our inability to comply with these regulatory requirements, or other existing or newly adopted regulatory requirements, could increase our cost of doing business or result in significant fines or penalties that could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
In addition to regulations governing the sale of our merchandise in the United States and Canada, we are also subject to regulations governing the sale of our merchandise in our European stores. The European Union “REACH” legislation requires identification and disclosure of chemicals in consumer products, including chemicals that might be in the merchandise that we sell. Over time, this regulation, among other items, may require us to substitute certain chemicals contained in our products with substances the EU considers safer. Our failure to comply with this European Union legislation could result in significant fines or penalties and increase our cost of doing business.
Recalls, product liability claims, and government, customer or consumer concerns about product safety could harm our reputation, increase costs or reduce sales.
We are subject to regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and similar state and international regulatory authorities, and our products could be subject to involuntary recalls and other actions by these authorities. Concerns about product safety, including but not limited to concerns about the safety of products manufactured in China (where most of our products are manufactured), could lead us to recall selected products. Recalls and government, customer or consumer concerns about product safety could harm our reputation, increase costs or reduce sales, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial results.
If we are unable to renew or replace our store leases or enter into leases for new stores on favorable terms, or if any of our current leases are terminated prior to the expiration of their stated term and we cannot find suitable alternate locations, our growth and profitability could be adversely harmed.
All of our stores are leased. Our ability to renew any expired lease or, if such lease cannot be renewed, our ability to lease a suitable alternate location, and our ability to enter into leases for new stores on favorable terms will depend on many factors which are not within our control, such as conditions in the local real estate market, competition for desirable properties, our relationships with current and prospective landlords, and negotiating acceptable lease terms that meet our financial targets. Our ability to operate stores on a profitable basis depends on various factors, including whether we have to take additional merchandise markdowns due to excessive inventory levels compared to sales trends, whether we can reduce the number of under-performing stores which have a higher level of fixed costs in comparison to net sales, and our ability to maintain a proportion of new stores to mature stores that does not harm existing sales. If we are unable to renew existing leases or lease suitable alternate locations, enter into leases for new stores on favorable terms, or increase our same store sales, our growth and our profitability could be adversely affected.

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Natural disasters or unusually adverse weather conditions or potential emergence of disease or pandemic could adversely affect our net sales or supply of inventory.
Unusually adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, potential emergence of disease or pandemic or similar disruptions, especially during peak holiday selling seasons, but also at other times, could significantly reduce our net sales. In addition, these disruptions could also adversely affect our supply chain efficiency and make it more difficult for us to obtain sufficient quantities of merchandise from suppliers, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial position, earnings, and cash flow.
Information technology systems changes may disrupt our supply of merchandise.
Our success depends, in large part, on our ability to source and distribute merchandise efficiently. We continue to evaluate and leverage the best of both our North American and European information systems to support our product supply chain, including merchandise planning and allocation, inventory and price management. We also continue to evaluate and implement modifications and upgrades to our information technology systems. Modifications involve replacing legacy systems with successor systems or making changes to the legacy systems and our ability to maintain effective internal controls. We are also modifying our information systems to allow for e-commerce sales in Fiscal 2011. We are aware of inherent risks associated with replacing and changing these core systems, including accurately capturing data, and possibly encountering supply chain disruptions. There can be no assurances that we will successfully launch these new systems as planned or that they will occur without disruptions to our operations. Information technology system disruptions, if not anticipated and appropriately mitigated, could have a material adverse effect on our operations.
If we experience a data security breach and confidential customer information is disclosed, we may be subject to penalties and experience negative publicity, which could affect our customer relationships and have a material adverse effect on our business.
We and our customers could suffer harm if customer information were accessed by third parties due to a security failure in our systems. The collection of data and processing of transactions require us to receive and store a large amount of personally identifiable data. This type of data is subject to legislation and regulation in various jurisdictions. Data security breaches suffered by well-known companies and institutions have attracted a substantial amount of media attention, prompting state and federal legislative proposals addressing data privacy and security. We may become exposed to potential liabilities with respect to the data that we collect, manage and process, and may incur legal costs if our information security policies and procedures are not effective or if we are required to defend our methods of collection, processing and storage of personal data. Future investigations, lawsuits or adverse publicity relating to our methods of handling personal data could adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows due to the costs and negative market reaction relating to such developments.
Changes in the anticipated seasonal business pattern could adversely affect our sales and profits and our quarterly results may fluctuate due to a variety of factors.
Our business typically follows a seasonal pattern, peaking during the Christmas, Easter and back-to-school periods. Seasonal fluctuations also affect inventory levels, because we usually order merchandise in advance of peak selling periods. Our quarterly results of operations may also fluctuate significantly as a result of a variety of factors, including the time of store openings, the amount of revenue contributed by new stores, the timing and level of markdowns, the timing of store closings, expansions and relocations, competitive factors and general economic conditions.
A decline in number of people who go to shopping malls, particularly in North America, could reduce the number of our customers and reduce our net sales.
Substantially all of our North American stores are located in shopping malls. Our North American sales are derived, in part, from the high volume of traffic in those shopping malls. We benefit from the ability of the shopping mall’s “anchor” tenants, generally large department stores and other area attractions, to

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generate consumer traffic around our stores. We also benefit from the continuing popularity of shopping malls as shopping destinations for girls and young women. Sales volume and shopping mall traffic may be adversely affected by economic downturns in a particular area, competition from non-shopping mall retailers, other shopping malls where we do not have stores and the closing of anchor tenants in a particular shopping mall. In addition, a decline in the popularity of shopping malls among our target customers that may curtail customer visits to shopping malls, could result in decreased sales that would have a material adverse affect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our industry is highly competitive.
The specialty retail business is highly competitive. We compete with international, national and local department stores, specialty and discount store chains, independent retail stores, e-commerce services, digital content and digital media devices, web services, direct marketing to consumers and catalog businesses that market similar lines of merchandise. Many of our competitors are companies with substantially greater financial, marketing and other resources. Given the large number of companies in the retail industry, we cannot estimate the number of our competitors. Although we are developing an e-commerce site that we intend to launch in 2011, a significant shift in customer buying patterns to purchasing fashionable accessories and jewelry at affordable prices through channels other than traditional shopping malls, such as e-commerce, could have a material adverse effect on our financial results.
Adoption of new or revised employment and labor laws and regulations could make it easier for our employees to obtain union representation and our business could be adversely impacted.
Currently, none of our employees in North America are represented by unions. However, our employees have the right at any time under the National Labor Relations Act to form or affiliate with a union. If some or all of our workforce were to become unionized and the terms of the collective bargaining agreement were significantly different from our current compensation arrangements, it could increase our costs and adversely impact our profitability. Any changes in regulations, the imposition of new regulations, or the enactment of new legislation could have an adverse impact on our business, to the extent it becomes easier for workers to obtain union representation.
Higher health care costs and labor costs could adversely affect our business.
With the passage in 2010 of the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we will be required to amend our health care plans to, among other things, provide affordable coverage, as defined in the Act, to all employees, or otherwise be subject to a payment per employee based on the affordability criteria in the Act: cover adult children of our employees to age 26; delete lifetime limits; and delete pre-existing condition limitations. Many of these requirements, some of which have been challenged on legal grounds, will be phased in over a period of time. Additionally, some states and localities have passed state and local laws mandating the provision of certain levels of health benefits by some employers. Increased health care and insurance costs could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, changes in the federal or state minimum wage or living wage requirements or changes in other workplace regulations could adversely affect our ability to meet our financial targets.
Our profitability could be adversely affected by high petroleum prices.
The profitability of our business depends to a certain degree upon the price of petroleum products, both as a component of the transportation costs for delivery of inventory from our vendors to our stores and as a raw material used in the production of our merchandise. We are unable to predict what the price of crude oil and the resulting petroleum products will be in the future. We may be unable to pass along to our customers the increased costs that would result from higher petroleum prices. Therefore, any such increase could have a material adverse impact on our business and profitability.
The possibility of war and acts of terrorism could disrupt our information or distribution systems and increase our costs of doing business.
A significant act of terrorism could have a material adverse impact on us by, among other things, disrupting our information or distributions systems, causing dramatic increases in fuel prices, thereby increasing the costs of doing business and affecting consumer spending, or impeding the flow of imports or domestic products to us.

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We depend on our key personnel.
Our ability to anticipate and effectively respond to changing trends and consumer preferences depends in part on our ability to attract and retain key personnel in our design, merchandising, marketing and other functions. We cannot be sure that we will be able to attract and retain a sufficient number of qualified personnel in future periods. The loss of services of key members of our senior management team or of certain other key employees could also negatively affect our business.
Litigation matters incidental to our business could be adversely determined against us.
We are involved from time to time in litigation incidental to our business. Management believes that the outcome of current litigation will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition. Depending on the actual outcome of pending litigation, charges would be recorded in the future that may have an adverse effect on our operating results.
Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets comprise a significant portion of our total assets. We must test goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment at least annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying amounts may not be recoverable; which could result in a material, non-cash write-down of goodwill or indefinite-lived intangible assets and could have a material adverse impact on our results of operations.
Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are subject to impairment assessments at least annually (or more frequently when events or circumstances indicate that an impairment may have occurred) by applying a fair-value test. Our principal intangible assets, other than goodwill, are tradenames, franchise agreements, and leases that existed at date of acquisition with terms that were favorable to market at that date. We may be required to recognize additional impairment charges in the future. Additional impairment losses could have a material adverse impact on our results of operations and stockholders equity (deficit).
There are factors that can affect our provision for income taxes.
We are subject to income taxes in numerous jurisdictions, including the United States, individual states and localities, and internationally. Our provision for income taxes in the future could be adversely affected by numerous factors including, but not limited to, the mix of income and losses from our foreign and domestic operations that may be taxed at different rates, changes in the valuation of deferred tax assets and liabilities, and changes in tax laws, regulations, accounting principles or interpretations thereof, which could adversely impact earnings in future periods. In addition, the estimates we make regarding domestic and foreign taxes are based on tax positions that we believe are supportable, but could potentially be subject to successful challenge by the Internal Revenue Service or other authoritative agencies. If we are required to settle matters in excess of our established accruals for uncertain tax positions, it could result in a charge to our earnings.
If our independent manufacturers, franchisees or licensees do not use ethical business practices or comply with applicable laws and regulations, our brand name could be harmed due to negative publicity and our results of operations could be adversely affected.
While our internal and vendor operating guidelines promote ethical business practices, we do not control our independent manufacturers, franchisees or licensees, or their business practices. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee their compliance with our guidelines. Violation of labor or other laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, by our independent manufacturers, franchisees or licensees, or the divergence from labor practices generally accepted as ethical in the United States, could diminish the value of our brand and reduce demand for our merchandise if, as a result of such violation, we were to attract negative publicity. As a result, our results of operations could be adversely affected.

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We rely on third parties to deliver our merchandise and if these third parties do not adequately perform this function, our business would be disrupted.
The efficient operation of our business depends on the ability of our third party carriers to ship merchandise directly to our distribution facilities and individual stores. These carriers typically employ personnel represented by labor unions and have experienced labor difficulties in the past. Due to our reliance on these parties for our shipments, interruptions in the ability of our vendors to ship our merchandise to our distribution facilities or the ability of carriers to fulfill the distribution of merchandise to our stores could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
We depend on single North American, European and International distribution facilities.
We handle merchandise distribution for all of our North American stores from a single facility in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. We handle merchandise distribution for all of our European operations from a single facility in Birmingham, United Kingdom. We handle merchandise distribution for all of our international franchise operations from a single facility in Hong Kong. Independent third party transportation companies deliver our merchandise to our stores and our clients. Any significant interruption in the operation of our distribution facilities or the domestic transportation infrastructure due to natural disasters, accidents, inclement weather, system failures, work stoppages, slowdowns or strikes by employees of the transportation companies, or other unforeseen causes could delay or impair our ability to distribute merchandise to our stores, which could result in lower sales, a loss of loyalty to our brands and excess inventory and would have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
We may be unable to protect our tradenames and other intellectual property rights.
We believe that our tradenames and service marks are important to our success and our competitive position due to their name recognition with our customers. There can be no assurance that the actions we have taken to establish and protect our tradenames and service marks will be adequate to prevent imitation of our products by others or to prevent others from seeking to block sales of our products as a violation of the tradenames, service marks and proprietary rights of others. The laws of some foreign countries may not protect proprietary rights to the same extent as do the laws of the United States, and it may be more difficult for us to successfully challenge the use of our proprietary rights by other parties in these countries. Also, others may assert rights in, or ownership of, our tradenames and other proprietary rights, and we may be unable to successfully resolve those types of conflicts to our satisfaction.
Our success depends on our ability to maintain the value of our brands.
Our success depends on the value of our Claire’s and Icing brands. The Claire’s and Icing names are integral to our business as well as to the implementation of our strategies for expanding our business. Maintaining, promoting and positioning our brands will depend largely on the success of our design, merchandising, and marketing efforts and our ability to provide a consistent, enjoyable quality client experience. Our brands could be adversely affected if we fail to achieve these objectives for one or both of these brands and our public image and reputation could be tarnished by negative publicity. Any of these events could negatively impact sales.
We may be unable to rely on liability indemnities given by foreign vendors which could adversely affect our financial results.
The quality of our globally sourced products may vary from our expectations and sources of our supply may prove to be unreliable. In the event we seek indemnification from our suppliers for claims relating to the merchandise shipped to us, our ability to obtain indemnification may be hindered by the supplier’s lack of understanding of U.S. and European product liability laws. Our ability to successfully pursue indemnification claims may also be adversely affected by the financial condition of the supplier. Any of these circumstances could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial results.

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We are controlled by Affiliates of Apollo, and its interests as an equity holder may conflict with the interest of our creditors.
We are controlled by Affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC and its subsidiaries, including Apollo Management (collectively, “Apollo”), and Apollo has the ability to elect all of the members of our board of directors and thereby control our policies and operations, including the appointment of management, future issuances of our common stock or other securities, the payments of dividends, if any, on our common stock, the incurrence of debt by us, amendments to our articles of incorporation and bylaws and the entering into of extraordinary transactions. The interests of Apollo may not in all cases be aligned with the interests of our creditors. For example, if we encounter financial difficulties or are unable to pay our indebtedness as it matures, the interests of Apollo as an equity holder might conflict with the interests of our creditors. In addition, Apollo may have an interest in pursuing acquisitions, divestitures, financings or other transactions that, in its judgment, could enhance its equity investments, even though such transactions might involve risks to our creditors. Furthermore, Apollo may in the future own businesses that directly or indirectly compete with us. Apollo also may pursue acquisition opportunities that may be complementary to our business, and as a result, those acquisition opportunities may not be available to us. So long as Apollo continues to own a significant amount of our combined voting power, even if such amount is less than 50%, it will continue to be able to strongly influence or effectively control our decisions. Because our equity securities are not registered under the Exchange Act and are not listed on any U.S. securities exchange, we are not subject to any of the corporate governance requirements of any U.S. securities exchange.
Risks Relating to Our Indebtedness
Our substantial leverage could adversely affect our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations, limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry and prevent us from meeting our obligations under the Credit Facility and Notes.
We are significantly leveraged. As of January 29, 2011, our total debt, including the current portion, was approximately $2.52 billion, consisting of borrowings under our Credit Facility, the Notes, short-term note payable and a capital lease obligation. In March 2011, we issued $450.0 million aggregate principal amount of the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes. We used the net proceeds from the note offering to reduce the entire $194.0 million outstanding under our revolving credit facility (without terminating the commitment) and $241.0 million of indebtedness under our senior secured term loan. As a result of our prepayment under the senior secured term loan Credit Facility, we are no longer required to make any quarterly payments through the maturity date. Our revolving Credit Facility matures in May 2013 and our senior secured term loan Credit Facility matures in May 2014. We cannot assure you that we will have the financial resources required, or that the conditions of the capital markets will support, any future refinancing or restructuring of those facilities or other indebtedness.
Our substantial leverage could adversely affect our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations, limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry, expose us to interest rate risk to the extent of our variable rate debt and prevent us from meeting our obligations under the Credit Facility and Notes. Our high degree of leverage could have important consequences, including:
    increasing our vulnerability to adverse economic, industry or competitive developments;
 
    requiring a substantial portion of cash flow from operations to be dedicated to the payment of principal and interest on our indebtedness, therefore reducing our ability to use our cash flow to fund our operations, capital expenditures and future business opportunities;
 
    exposing us to the risk of increased interest rates because certain of our borrowings, including borrowings under our Credit Facility, will be at variable rates of interest;
 
    making it more difficult for us to satisfy our obligations with respect to our indebtedness, including the Notes, and any failure to comply with the obligations of any of our debt instruments, including restrictive covenants and borrowing conditions, could result in an event of default under the indentures governing the Notes and the agreements governing such other indebtedness;

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    restricting us from making strategic acquisitions or causing us to make non-strategic divestitures;
 
    limiting our ability to obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures, product development, debt service requirements, acquisitions and general corporate or other purposes; and
 
    limiting our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business or market conditions and placing us at a competitive disadvantage compared to our competitors who are less highly leveraged and who therefore, may be able to take advantage of opportunities that our leverage prevents us from exploiting.
Despite our high indebtedness level, we and our subsidiaries are still able to incur significant additional amounts of debt, which could further exacerbate the risks associated with our substantial indebtedness.
We and our subsidiaries may be able to incur substantial additional indebtedness in the future. Although the indentures governing the Notes and the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes and the Credit Facility each contain restrictions on the incurrence of additional indebtedness, however, these restrictions are subject to a number of significant qualifications and exceptions, and under certain circumstances, the amount of indebtedness that could be incurred in compliance with these restrictions could be substantial. Accordingly, we and our subsidiaries may be able to incur substantial additional indebtedness in the future. If new debt is added to our and our subsidiaries’ existing debt levels, the related risks that we now face would increase. In addition, the indentures governing the Notes and the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes do not prevent us from incurring obligations that do not constitute indebtedness under those agreements.
On May 14, 2008, we notified the holders of the Senior Toggle Notes of our intent to elect the “payment in kind” (PIK) interest option to satisfy interest payment obligations. The PIK election is in effect through June 1, 2011, and has the effect of increasing the amount of Senior Toggle Notes. This election, net of reductions for note repurchases, increased the principal amount of our Senior Toggle Notes by $98.1 million and $62.4 million as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively. The accrued payment in kind interest is included in “Long-term debt” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Our debt agreements contain restrictions that limit our flexibility in operating our business.
Our Credit Facility and the indentures governing the Notes and the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes contain various covenants that limit our ability to engage in specified types of transactions. These covenants limit our, our parent’s and our restricted subsidiaries’ ability to, among other things:
    incur additional indebtedness or issue certain preferred shares;
 
    pay dividends on, repurchase or make distributions in respect of our capital stock or make other restricted payments;
 
    make certain investments;
 
    transfer or sell certain assets;
 
    create liens;
 
    consolidate, merge, sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our assets; and
 
    enter into certain transactions with our affiliates.
A breach of any of these covenants could result in a default under one or more of these agreements, including as a result of cross default provisions, and, in the case of our revolving Credit Facility, permit the lenders to cease making loans to us. Upon the occurrence of an event of default under our Credit Facility, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding under our Credit Facility to be immediately due and payable and terminate all commitments to extend further credit. Such actions by those lenders could cause cross defaults under our other indebtedness. If we were unable to repay those amounts, the lenders under our Credit Facility could proceed against the collateral granted to them to secure that indebtedness. We have pledged a significant portion of our assets as collateral under our Credit Facility. Our obligations under the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes are secured by a second-priority lien on substantially all of

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the assets pledged as collateral under the Credit Facility. If the lenders under our Credit Facility accelerate the repayment of borrowings, we may not have sufficient assets to repay our Credit Facility as well as our other indebtedness, including the Notes and the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes.
We may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness, and may be forced to take other actions to satisfy our obligations under our indebtedness, which may not be successful.
Our ability to make scheduled payments on or to refinance our debt obligations depends on our financial condition and operating performance, which is subject to prevailing economic and competitive conditions and to certain financial, business and other factors beyond our control. We may not be able to maintain a level of cash flows from operating activities sufficient to permit us to pay the principal and interest on our indebtedness.
If our cash flows and capital resources are insufficient to fund our debt service obligations, we may be forced to reduce or delay investments and capital expenditures, or to sell assets, seek additional capital or restructure or refinance our indebtedness, including the Notes. Our ability to restructure or refinance our debt will depend on the condition of the capital markets and our financial condition at such time. Any refinancing of our debt could be at higher interest rates and may require us to comply with more onerous covenants, which could further restrict our business operations. The terms of the indentures governing our Credit Facility and the Notes and the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes and or any future debt instruments that we may enter into may restrict us from adopting some of these alternatives. In addition, any failure to make payments of interest and principal on our outstanding indebtedness on a timely basis would likely result in a reduction of our credit rating, which could harm our ability to incur additional indebtedness. These alternative measures may not be successful and may not permit us to meet our scheduled debt service obligations.
Repayment of our debt is dependent on cash flow generated by our subsidiaries.
Our subsidiaries own a significant portion of our assets and conduct a significant portion of our operations. Accordingly, repayment of our indebtedness is dependent, to a significant extent, on the generation of cash flow by our subsidiaries and their ability to make such cash available to us, by dividend, debt repayment or otherwise. Our subsidiaries may not be able to, or may not be permitted to, make distributions to enable us to make payments in respect of our indebtedness. Each subsidiary is a distinct legal entity and, under certain circumstances, legal and contractual restrictions may limit our ability to obtain cash from our subsidiaries. While the indentures governing the Notes and the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes limit the ability of our subsidiaries to incur consensual restrictions on their ability to pay dividends or make other intercompany payments to us, these limitations are subject to certain qualifications and exceptions. In the event that we do not receive distributions from our subsidiaries, we may be unable to make required principal and interest payments on our indebtedness.
To service our debt obligations, we may need to increase the portion of the income of our foreign subsidiaries that is expected to be remitted to the United States, which could increase our income tax expense.
The amount of the income of our foreign subsidiaries that we expect to remit to the United States may significantly impact our U.S. federal income tax expense. We record U.S. federal income taxes on that portion of the income of our foreign subsidiaries that is expected to be remitted to the United States and be taxable. In order to service our debt obligations, we may need to increase the portion of the income of our foreign subsidiaries that we expect to remit to the United States, which may significantly increase our income tax expense. Consequently, our income tax expense has been, and will continue to be, impacted by our strategic initiative to make substantial capital investments outside the United States.

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If we default on our obligations to pay our other indebtedness, the holders of our debt could exercise rights that could have a material effect on us.
If we are unable to generate sufficient cash flow and are otherwise unable to obtain funds necessary to meet required payments of principal and interest on our indebtedness, or if we otherwise fail to comply with the various covenants in the instruments governing our indebtedness, we could be in default under the terms of the agreements governing such indebtedness. In the event of such default,
    the holders of such indebtedness may be able to cause all of our available cash flow to be used to pay such indebtedness and, in any event, could elect to declare all the funds borrowed thereunder to be due and payable, together with accrued and unpaid interest;
 
    the lenders under our Credit Facility could elect to terminate their commitments thereunder, cease making further loans and institute foreclosure proceedings against our assets; and
 
    we could be forced into bankruptcy or liquidation.
If our operating performance declines, we may in the future need to obtain waivers from the required lenders under our Credit Facility to avoid being in default. If we breach our covenants under our Credit Facility and seek a waiver, we may not be able to obtain a waiver from the required lenders. If this occurs, we would be in default under our Credit Facility, the lenders could exercise their rights, as described above, and we could be forced into bankruptcy or liquidation.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
None.
Item 2. Properties
Our stores are located in all 50 states of the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Virgin Islands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. We lease all of our 2,981 store locations, generally for terms ranging from five to approximately 10 years. Under the terms of the leases, we pay a fixed minimum rent and/or rentals based on a percentage of net sales. We also pay certain other expenses (e.g., common area maintenance charges and real estate taxes) under the leases. The internal layout and fixtures of each store are designed by management and third parties and constructed by external contractors.
Most of our stores in North American and the European divisions are located in enclosed shopping malls, while other stores are located within central business districts, power centers, lifestyle centers, “open-air” outlet malls or “strip centers.” Our criteria for opening new stores includes geographic location, demographic aspects of communities surrounding the store site, quality of anchor tenants, advantageous location within a mall or central business district, appropriate space availability, and rental rates. We believe that sufficient desirable locations are available to accommodate our expansion plans. We refurbish our existing stores on a regular basis.
The following table sets forth the location, use and size of our distribution, sourcing, buying, merchandising, and corporate facilities as of January 29, 2011. The properties are leased with the leases expiring at various times through 2030, subject to renewal options.
                         
            Approximate Square        
Location   Use   Footage        
 
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  Corporate and North America management and distribution center     538,000       (1 )
 
Birmingham, United Kingdom
  Europe management and distribution center     105,600       (2 )
 
Pembroke Pines, Florida
  Accounting and finance     36,000          
 
Hong Kong
  Sourcing and buying     11,100          
 
Paris, France
  Zone support     8,800       (3 )
 
Zurich, Switzerland
  Zone support     3,800       (3 )
 
(1)   On February 19, 2010, we sold the Property to a third party. Contemporaneously with the sale of the Property, we entered into a lease agreement that provides for (a) an initial expiration date of February 28, 2030 with two (2) five (5) year renewal periods, each at our option, and (b) basic rent of $2.1 million per

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    annum (subject to annual increases). This transaction is accounted for as a capital lease. Prior to February 19, 2010, we owned central buying and store operations offices and the North American distribution center located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (the “Property”) which is on approximately 28.4 acres of land. The Property has buildings with approximately 538,000 total square feet of space, of which 373,000 square feet is devoted to receiving and distribution and 165,000 square feet is devoted to office space.
 
(2)   Our subsidiary, Claire’s Accessories UK Ltd., or “Claire’s UK,” leases distribution and office space in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The facility consists of approximately 23,900 square feet of office space and approximately 81,700 square feet of distribution space. The lease expires in December 2024, and Claire’s UK has the right to assign or sublet this lease at any time during the term of the lease, subject to landlord approval. The Birmingham, United Kingdom distribution center currently services our owned stores in Europe.
 
(3)   We maintain our human resource and select operating functions for these countries.
In addition, we have contracted a third party vendor in Hong Kong to provide distribution center services for our franchise stores.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
We are, from time to time, involved in routine litigation incidental to the conduct of our business, including litigation instituted by persons injured upon premises under our control; litigation regarding the merchandise that we sell, including product and safety concerns regarding heavy metal and chemical content in our merchandise; litigation with respect to various employment matters, including wage and hour litigation; litigation with present or former employees; and litigation regarding intellectual property rights. Although litigation is routine and incidental to the conduct of our business, like any business of our size which employs a significant number of employees and sells a significant amount of merchandise, such litigation can result in large monetary awards when judges, juries or other finders of facts do not agree with management’s evaluation of possible liability or outcome of litigation. Accordingly, the consequences of these matters cannot be finally determined by management. However, in the opinion of management, we believe that current pending litigation will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial results.
Item 4. Removed and Reserved
PART II
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Market Information
There is no established public trading market for our common stock.
Holders
As of April 1, 2011, there was one holder of record of our common stock, our parent, Claire’s Inc.
Dividends
We have paid no cash dividends since the Merger. Our Credit Facility and the indentures governing the Notes and the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes restrict our ability to pay dividends.

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data
The balance sheet and statement of operations data set forth below is derived from our Consolidated Financial Statements and should be read in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our Consolidated Financial Statements and the related notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report. The Consolidated Balance Sheet data as of January 31, 2009, February 2, 2008, May 28, 2007, and February 3, 2007 and the Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) data for the period May 29, 2007 through February 2, 2008 and the period February 4, 2007 through May 28, 2007 and the fiscal year ended February 3, 2007 are derived from our Consolidated Financial Statements which are not included herein.
As a result of the consummation of the Transactions, the Company is sometimes referred to as the “Successor Entity” for periods on or after May 29, 2007, and the “Predecessor Entity” for periods prior to May 29, 2007. The Consolidated Financial Statements for the period on or after May 29, 2007 are presented on a different basis than for the periods before May 29, 2007, as a result of the application of purchase accounting as of May 29, 2007 and therefore are not comparable. The acquisition of Claire’s Stores, Inc. was accounted for as a business combination using the purchase method of accounting, whereby the purchase price was allocated to the assets and liabilities based on the estimated fair market values at the date of acquisition.
                                                   
    Successor Entity       Predecessor Entity  
    Fiscal Year Ended     Fiscal Year Ended     Fiscal Year Ended     May 29, 2007       Feb. 4, 2007     Fiscal Year Ended  
    January 29,     January 30,     January 31,     Through       Through     February 3,  
    2011 (1)     2010 (1)     2009 (1)     Feb. 2, 2008       May 28, 2007     2007 (1)  
            (In thousands, except for ratios and store data)                    
Statement of Operations Data:
                                                 
Net sales
  $ 1,426,397     $ 1,342,389     $ 1,412,960     $ 1,085,932       $ 424,899     $ 1,480,987  
Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses
    685,111       663,269       724,832       521,384         206,438       691,646  
 
                                     
Gross profit
    741,286       679,120       688,128       564,548         218,461       789,341  
Other expenses:
                                                 
Selling, general and administrative
    498,212       465,706       513,752       354,875         154,409       481,979  
Depreciation and amortization
    65,198       71,471       85,093       61,451         19,652       56,771  
Impairment of assets
    12,262       3,142       498,490       3,478         73        
Severance and transaction-related costs
    741       921       15,928       7,319         72,672        
Other expense (income), net
    411       (4,234 )     (4,499 )     (3,088 )       (1,476 )     (3,484 )
 
                                     
 
    576,824       537,006       1,108,764       424,035         245,330       535,266  
 
                                     
Operating income (loss)
    164,462       142,114       (420,636 )     140,513         (26,869 )     254,075  
Gain on early debt extinguishment
    13,388       36,412                            
Impairment of equity investment
    6,030             25,500                      
Interest expense (income), net
    157,706       177,418       195,947       147,892         (4,876 )     (14,575 )
 
                                     
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
    14,114       1,108       (642,083 )     (7,379 )       (21,993 )     268,650  
Income tax expense (benefit)
    9,791       11,510       1,509       (8,020 )       21,779       79,888  
 
                                     
Income (loss) from continuing operations
  $ 4,323     $ (10,402 )   $ (643,592 )   $ 641       $ (43,772 )   $ 188,762  
 
                                     
 
                                                 
Other Financial Data:
                                                 
Capital expenditures:
                                                 
New stores and remodels
  $ 39,022     $ 16,557     $ 36,270     $ 46,225       $ 24,231     $ 77,021  
Other
    9,689       8,395       23,135       12,259         3,757       18,171 (2)
Total capital expenditures
    48,711       24,952       59,405       58,484         27,988       95,192  
Cash interest expense (3)
    108,923       126,733       168,567       123,620         86       118  
Store Data:
                                                 
Number of stores (at period end) North America
    1,972       1,993       2,026       2,135         2,124       2,133  
Europe
    1,009       955       943       905         879       859  
Total number of stores (at period end)
    2,981       2,948       2,969       3,040         3,003       2,992  
Total gross square footage (000’s) (at period end)
    3,012       2,982       3,011       3,105         3,043       3,021  
Net sales per store (000’s) (4)
  $ 481     $ 454     $ 461     $ 359       $ 142     $ 504  
Net sales per square foot (5)
     476        448       453       353         140       500  
Balance Sheet Data (at period end)
                                                 
Cash and cash equivalents (6)
  $ 279,766     $ 198,708     $ 204,574     $ 85,974       $ 350,476     $ 340,877  
Total assets
    2,866,449       2,834,105       2,881,095       3,348,497         1,119,047       1,091,266  
Total debt
    2,524,286       2,521,878       2,581,772       2,377,750                
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)
    (26,515 )     (34,642 )     (55,843 )     605,200         792,071       847,662  
 
(1)   Fiscal 2006 was a fifty-three week period and Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009, Fiscal 2008 and Fiscal 2007 were fifty-two week periods.
 
(2)   Includes management information system expenditures of $5.2 million in Fiscal 2006 for strategic projects of POS, merchandising systems, business intelligence, technology and the logistics system for the new distribution center in the Netherlands.
 
(3)   Cash interest expense does not include amortization of debt issuance costs or interest expense paid in kind.
 
(4)   Net sales per store are calculated based on the average number of stores during the period.
 
(5)   Net sales per square foot are calculated based on the average gross square feet during the period.
 
(6)   At January 29, 2011, cash and cash equivalents included restricted cash of $23.9 million.

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is designed to provide the reader of the financial statements with a narrative on our results of operations, financial position and liquidity, risk management activities, and significant accounting policies and critical estimates. Management’s Discussion and Analysis should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes thereto contained elsewhere in this document.
Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31, and we refer to the fiscal year by the calendar year in which it began. Our fiscal year ended January 29, 2011 (“Fiscal 2010”), January 30, 2010 (“Fiscal 2009”) and January 31, 2009 (“Fiscal 2008”) consisted of 52 weeks, respectively.
We include a store in the calculation of same store sales once it has been in operation sixty weeks after its initial opening. A store which is temporarily closed, such as for remodeling, is removed from the same store sales computation if it is closed for nine consecutive weeks. The removal is effective prospectively upon the completion of the ninth consecutive week of closure. A store which is closed permanently, such as upon termination of the lease, is immediately removed from the same store sales computation. We compute same store sales on a local currency basis, which eliminates any impact for changes in foreign currency rates.
Acquisition of the Company by Apollo Management VI, L.P.
As a result of the Merger on May 29, 2007, described under “Explanatory Notes” in this Annual Report, there was a significant change in the Company’s capital structure, including:
    the closing of the Company’s senior secured term loan facility and revolving Credit Facility (collectively the “Credit Facility”) of $1.65 billion;
 
    the closing of the Company’s senior notes offering (the “Notes”) in the aggregate principal amount of $935.0 million; and
 
    the equity investment by Apollo Management VI, L.P. (“Apollo Management”), together with certain affiliated co-investment partnerships (collectively the “Sponsors”), of approximately $595.7 million.
The purchase of the Company and the related fees and expenses were financed through the issuance of the Notes, borrowing under the Credit Facility, equity investment by the Sponsors, and cash on hand at the Company.
The aforementioned transactions, including the Merger and payment of costs related to these transactions, are collectively referred to as the “Transactions.”
The acquisition of Claire’s Stores, Inc. was accounted for as a business combination using the purchase method of accounting, whereby the purchase price was allocated to the assets and liabilities based on the estimated fair market values at the date of acquisition.
See Note 1 – Nature of Operations and Acquisition of Claire’s Stores, Inc. and Note 5 – Debt, respectively, in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for details of the acquisition and current indebtedness.

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Results of Consolidated Operations
Management overview
We are one of the world’s leading specialty retailers of fashionable accessories and jewelry at affordable prices for young women, teens, tweens, and girls ages 3 to 27. We are organized into two operating segments: North America and Europe. We identify our operating segments by how we manage and evaluate our business activities. We operate owned stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (North American segment) and the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary (European segment). Until September 2, 2010, the Company operated stores in Japan through a 50:50 joint venture. Beginning September 2, 2010, these stores began to operate as licensed stores.
Financial highlights for 2010 include the following:
    Same store sales performance:
         
    Fiscal 2010
Consolidated
    6.5 %
North America
    7.8 %
Europe
    4.3 %
    Operating income increase of $22.3 million or 15.7% to $164.5 million.
 
    Net income increase of $14.7 million to $4.3 million from $(10.4) million.
 
    Cash flow from operating activities increase of $75.8 million or 100.4% to $151.3 million.
 
    Paid $79.9 million to retire $93.8 million of Notes.
 
    Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash increase to $279.8 million.
In March 2011, after our fiscal year end, we issued $450.0 million aggregate principal amount of the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes and the net proceeds were used to pay down existing indebtedness under our senior secured Credit Facility.
Operational highlights for 2010 include the following:
    Opened 82 new company-owned stores including stores in three new markets
 
    Reacquired exclusive territory rights for all of Asia, outside of Japan
 
    Executed license agreement with former joint venture partner to operate Claire’s Nippon stores as licensed stores in Japan
 
    Increased the average transaction value and average number of transactions per store
 
    Increased sales mix of our “accessories” product category
 
    Attained positive operating cash flow in approximately 95% of our stores.

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A summary of our consolidated results of operations is as follows (dollars in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Net sales
  $ 1,426,397     $ 1,342,389     $ 1,412,960  
Increase (decrease) in same store sales
    6.5 %     (1.7 )%     (6.9 )%
Gross profit percentage
    52.0 %     50.6 %     48.7 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales
    34.9 %     34.7 %     36.4 %
Depreciation and amortization as a percentage of net sales
    4.6 %     5.3 %     6.0 %
Severance and transaction-related costs as percentage of net sales
    0.1 %     0.1 %     1.1 %
Impairment of assets
  $ 12,262     $ 3,142     $ 498,490  
Operating income (loss)
  $ 164,462     $ 142,114     $ (420,636 )
Gain on early debt extinguishment
  $ 13,388     $ 36,412     $  
Impairment of equity investment
  $ 6,030     $     $ 25,500  
Net income (loss)
  $ 4,323     $ (10,402 )   $ (643,592 )
Number of stores at the end of the period (1)
    2,981       2,948       2,969  
 
(1)   Number of stores excludes stores operated under franchise and license agreements.
Net sales
Net sales in Fiscal 2010 increased $84.0 million, or 6.3%, from Fiscal 2009. This increase was attributable to an increase in same store sales of $84.8 million, or 6.5%, and new store sales of $27.2 million, partially offset by an unfavorable $14.8 million of foreign currency translation effect of our foreign locations’ sales, a decrease of $11.2 million due to the effect of store closures and reduced shipments to franchisees of $2.0 million. Sales would have increased 7.4% excluding the impact from foreign currency rate changes.
The increase in same store sales was primarily attributable to an increase in average transaction value of 6.7% and an increase in average number of transactions per store of 0.9%.
Net sales in Fiscal 2009 decreased $70.6 million, or 5.0%, from Fiscal 2008. This decrease was attributable to an unfavorable $33.5 million of foreign currency translation effect of our foreign locations’ sales, a decrease of $31.0 million due to the effect of store closures in North America and Europe at the end of Fiscal 2008 and the first half of Fiscal 2009, a decrease in same store sales of $22.2 million, or 1.7%, and decreases in shipments to franchisees of $2.9 million, partially offset by new store sales of $19.0 million.
The decrease in same store sales was primarily attributable to a decrease in the average number of transactions per store of 6.7%, partially offset by an increase in average transaction value of 4.7%.
The following table compares our sales of each product category for the last three fiscal years:
                         
    Percentage of Total  
Product Category   Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Accessories
    54.5       53.6       48.4  
Jewelry
    45.5       46.4       51.6  
 
                 
 
    100.0       100.0       100.0  
 
                 
Gross profit
In calculating gross profit and gross profit percentages, we exclude our distribution center costs. These costs are included instead in “Selling, general and administrative” expenses in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). Other retail companies may include these costs in cost of sales, so our gross profit percentages may not be comparable to those retailers.
In Fiscal 2010, gross profit percentage increased 140 basis points to 52.0% compared to the prior fiscal year of 50.6%. This increase consisted of a 30 basis point improvement in merchandise margin and a 130 basis point decrease in occupancy costs, offset by a 20 basis point increase in buying and buying-related costs. Merchandise margin benefited by 30 basis points from reduced inventory shrink. Occupancy costs increased approximately $0.6 million, but increased approximately $3.5 million including foreign currency translation effect.

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In Fiscal 2009, gross profit percentage increased 190 basis points to 50.6% compared to the prior fiscal year of 48.7%. The increase consisted of a 200 basis point improvement in merchandise margin and a 10 basis point decrease in buying and buying-related costs, offset by a 20 basis point increase in occupancy costs. The improvement in merchandise margin was due to increased initial mark-up on purchases, reduced markdowns and decreased freight costs. Occupancy costs decreased approximately $13.3 million primarily due to foreign currency translation effects, but increased as a percentage of sales due to the deleveraging effect of lower sales. Fiscal 2008 included $3.1 million of PET project costs, in buying and buying-related costs, that did not recur in Fiscal 2009, accounting for 20 basis points of the improvement in gross margin.
Selling, general and administrative expenses
In Fiscal 2010, selling, general and administrative expenses increased $32.5 million, or 7.0%, over the prior fiscal year. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses increased 20 basis points compared to the prior year. The majority of this increase was for store-related expenses resulting from increased sales and increases in foreign currency transaction losses. Excluding a favorable $5.6 million foreign currency translation effect, the net increase in selling, general and administrative expenses would have been $38.1 million, or 8.3%.
In Fiscal 2009, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $48.0 million, or 9.4%, over the prior fiscal year. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 170 basis points compared to the prior year. Excluding a favorable $13.2 million foreign currency translation effect and a decrease of $10.0 million of non-recurring CSI and PET project costs, the net decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses would have been $24.8 million, or 5.1%, compared to the prior fiscal year. Excluding the foreign currency translation effect and non-recurring CSI and PET project costs, selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased 90 basis points compared to the prior year.
Depreciation and amortization expense
Depreciation and amortization expense decreased $6.3 million to $65.2 million during Fiscal 2010 compared to Fiscal 2009. The majority of this decrease is due to a favorable foreign currency translation effect and the effect of assets becoming fully depreciated or amortized.
Depreciation and amortization expense decreased $13.6 million to $71.5 million during Fiscal 2009 compared to Fiscal 2008. The majority of this decrease is due to a favorable foreign currency translation effect and the effect of assets becoming fully depreciated or amortized.
Impairment charges
During the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2010, management performed a strategic review of its franchising business. The inability of certain franchisees’ to achieve store development expectations in select markets prompted us to reevaluate our franchise development strategy and to perform a valuation of the franchise agreements, which are definite-lived intangible assets. We utilized a discounted cash flow model and determined the franchise agreements intangible assets were impaired. This resulted in us recording a non-cash impairment charge of $12.3 million in Fiscal 2010, which was included in “Impairment of assets” on the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
During the second quarter of Fiscal 2010, we recorded a non-cash impairment charge related to the investment in Claire’s Nippon of $6.0 million. The joint venture’s continuing operating losses prompted us to perform a valuation of our investment in Claire’s Nippon.
The deterioration in the economy and resulting effect on consumer confidence and discretionary spending that occurred during Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 had a significant impact on the retail industry. We performed our tests for goodwill, intangible assets, property and equipment and other asset impairment following relevant accounting standards pertaining to the particular asset being tested. The impairment testing conducted in Fiscal 2009 resulted in the recognition of non-cash impairment charges of $3.1 million related to property and equipment. The testing conducted in Fiscal 2008 resulted in the recognition of non-cash impairment charges of $297.0 million for goodwill and $227.0 million for intangible and other

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assets. See Note 3 — Impairment Charges in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion of the impairment charges.
Severance and transaction-related costs
Since 2007, we have incurred various transaction-related costs. These costs consisted primarily of financial advisory fees, legal fees and change in control payments to employees. We incurred $0.7 million of such costs in Fiscal 2010, $0.9 million in Fiscal 2009 and $3.5 million in Fiscal 2008. In connection with our CSI and PET projects in Fiscal 2008, we incurred severance costs of $12.4 million for terminated employees.
Gain on early debt extinguishment
The following is a summary of our note repurchase activity during Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009 (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010  
    Principal     Repurchase     Recognized  
Notes Repurchased   Amount     Price     Gain (1)  
Senior Notes
  $ 14,000     $ 12,268     $ 1,467  
Senior Toggle Notes
    57,173       49,798       7,612  
Senior Subordinated Notes
    22,625       17,799       4,309  
 
                 
 
  $ 93,798     $ 79,865     $ 13,388  
 
                 
(1)   Net of deferred issuance cost write-offs of $265 for the Senior Notes, $922 for the Senior Toggle Notes and $517 for the Senior Subordinated Notes, and accrued interest write-off of $1,159 for the Senior Toggle Notes.
                         
    Fiscal 2009  
    Principal     Repurchase     Recognized  
Notes Repurchased   Amount     Price     Gain (1)  
Senior Toggle Notes
  $ 30,500     $ 19,744     $ 11,297  
Senior Subordinated Notes
    52,763       26,347       25,115  
 
                 
 
  $ 83,263     $ 46,091     $ 36,412  
 
                 
 
(1)   Net of deferred issuance cost write-offs of $603 and $1,301 for the Senior Toggle Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes, respectively, and accrued interest write-off of $1,144 for the Senior Toggle Notes.
Other expense (income), net
The following is a summary of other expense (income) activity for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Equity loss (income)
  $ 2,529     $ 1,014     $ (320 )
Franchise fees
    (1,638 )     (1,943 )     (2,309 )
Gain on sale of assets
          (1,935 )     (1,287 )
Other income
    (480 )     (1,370 )     (583 )
 
                 
 
  $ 411     $ (4,234 )   $ (4,499 )
 
                 

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Interest expense (income), net
Interest expense for Fiscal 2010 aggregated $157.9 million, a decrease of $19.8 million compared to the prior year. This decrease is primarily the result of Note repurchases. Included in interest expense for Fiscal 2010 is approximately $10.0 million of amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and $36.9 million of paid in kind interest.
Interest expense for Fiscal 2009 aggregated $177.6 million, a decrease of $19.8 million compared to the prior year. This decrease is primarily the result of reductions in interest rates on the floating portion of our debt and Note purchases. Included in interest expense for Fiscal 2009 is approximately $10.4 million of amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and $39.0 million of interest paid in kind.
See Note 5 — Debt in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for components of interest expense (income), net.
Income taxes
In Fiscal 2010, our income tax expense was $9.8 million and our effective income tax rate was 69.4%. Our effective income tax rate for Fiscal 2010 reflects tax expense of $0.4 million on the repatriation of foreign earnings, plus tax expense of $12.7 million related to the effect of changes to our valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, plus tax expense of $2.6 million relating to other permanent items, offset by tax benefits of $11.6 million on income in our foreign jurisdictions that are taxed at lower rates. In Fiscal 2010, we made net cash income tax payments of $6.3 million.
In Fiscal 2009, our income tax expense was $11.5 million and our effective income tax rate was 1,038.8%. Our effective income tax rate for Fiscal 2009 reflects tax expense of $18.6 million on the repatriation of foreign earnings, plus tax expense of $17.5 million related to the effect of changes to our valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, offset by tax benefits of $21.4 million on income in our foreign jurisdictions that are taxed at lower rates, and $4.7 million relating to other permanent tax benefits. In Fiscal 2009, we made net cash income tax payments of $3.2 million.
In Fiscal 2008, our income tax expense was $1.5 million and our effective tax rate was (0.2)%. Our effective income tax rate for Fiscal 2008 reflected the non-deductible nature of the goodwill and joint venture impairment charges aggregating $322.5 million, as well an increase of $95.8 million to our valuation allowance on deferred tax assets generated by our U.S. operations. We increased our valuation allowance due to a lack of sufficient accounting evidence that it was more likely than not that our deferred tax assets would be realized. In Fiscal 2008, we made net cash income tax payments of $14.2 million.
See Note 11 — Income Taxes in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further details.
Segment Operations
We are organized into two business segments — North America and Europe. The following is a discussion of results of operations by business segment.
North America
Key statistics and results of operations for our North American division are as follows (dollars in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Net sales
  $ 914,149     $ 850,313     $ 907,486  
Increase (decrease) in same store sales
    7.8 %     (3.2 )%     (9.2 )%
Gross profit percentage
    52.1 %     50.0 %     47.9 %
Number of stores at the end of the period (1)
    1,972       1,993       2,026  
 
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Net sales
Net sales in North America during Fiscal 2010 increased $63.8 million, or 7.5%, from Fiscal 2009. This increase was attributable to an increase in same store sales of $64.8 million, or 7.8%, a favorable foreign currency translation effect of our Canadian operations’ sales of $4.9 million and new store sales of $3.6 million, partially offset by a decrease of $6.8 million due to the effect of store closures and reduced shipments to franchisees of $2.7 million.
The increase in same store sales was primarily attributable to an increase in average transaction value of 5.8% and an increase in average number of transactions per store of 2.9%.
Net sales in North America during Fiscal 2009 decreased $57.2 million, or 6.3%, from Fiscal 2008. This decrease was attributable to a decrease of $29.8 million due to the effect of store closures in North America at the end of Fiscal 2008, decrease in same store sales of $27.2 million, or 3.2%, an unfavorable foreign currency translation effect of our Canadian operations of $1.2 million, and decreases in shipments to franchisees of $2.9 million, partially offset by new store revenue of $3.9 million.
The decrease in same store sales was primarily attributable to a decrease in the average number of transactions per store of 8.1%, partially offset by an increase in average transaction value of 4.2%.
Gross profit
In Fiscal 2010, gross profit percentage increased 210 basis points to 52.1% compared to the gross profit percentage for Fiscal 2009 of 50.0%. This increase consisted of a 90 basis point improvement in merchandise margin and a 150 basis point decrease in occupancy costs, partially offset by a 30 basis point increase in buying and buying-related costs. Merchandise margin benefited by 30 basis points from reduced inventory shrink. The 150 basis point improvement in occupancy costs is due to the leveraging effect of higher sales partially offset by an unfavorable foreign currency translation effect.
In Fiscal 2009, gross profit percentage increased 210 basis points to 50.0% compared to the gross profit percentage for Fiscal 2008 of 47.9%. This increase included a 230 basis point improvement in merchandise margin and a 20 basis point decrease in buying and buying-related costs, partially offset by a 40 basis point increase in occupancy costs. Fiscal 2008 included $1.1 million of non-recurring PET project costs, which were included in buying and buying-related costs and accounted for 20 basis points of the improvement in gross margin.
The following table compares our sales of each product category for the last three fiscal years:
                         
    Percentage of Total  
Product Category   Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Accessories
    49.8       48.5       43.3  
Jewelry
    50.2       51.5       56.7  
 
                 
 
    100.0       100.0       100.0  
 
                 
Europe
Key statistics and results of operations for our European division are as follows (dollars in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010   Fiscal 2009   Fiscal 2008
Net sales
  $ 512,248     $ 492,076     $ 505,474  
Increase (decrease) in same store sales
    4.3 %     1.1 %     (2.5 )%
Gross profit percentage
    51.7 %     51.7 %     50.1 %
Number of stores at the end of the period (1)
    1,009       955       943  
 
(1)   Number of stores excludes stores operated under franchise and licensing agreements.
Net sales
Net sales in our European division during Fiscal 2010 increased $20.2 million, or 4.1%, from Fiscal 2009. This increase was attributable to new store sales of $23.6 million, an increase in same store sales of $20.0 million, or 4.3%, and an increase in shipments to franchisees of $0.7 million, partially offset by an unfavorable foreign currency translation of our European operations’ sales of $19.6 million and a decrease of $4.5 million due to the effect of store closures.

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The increase in same store sales was primarily attributable to an increase in average transaction value of 7.8% partially offset by a decrease in average number of transaction per store of 2.4%.
Net sales in our European division during Fiscal 2009 decreased $13.4 million, or 2.7%, from Fiscal 2008. This decrease was attributable to a decrease of $32.3 million resulting from an unfavorable foreign currency translation of our European operations and a decrease of $1.2 million due to the effect of store closures, partially offset by new store sales of $15.1 million and increases in same store sales of $5.0 million, or 1.1%.
The increase in same store sales was primarily attributable to an increase in average transaction value of 6.6%, partially offset by a decrease in average number of transactions per store of 5.2%.
Gross profit
In Fiscal 2010, gross profit percentage remained consistent with Fiscal 2009 at 51.7%. Although the gross profit percentage did not change, our European division saw an 80 basis point decrease in occupancy costs and a 10 basis point decrease in buying and buying-related costs, offset by a 90 basis point decrease in merchandise margin. The 80 basis point improvement in occupancy costs is due to the leveraging effect of higher sales and a favorable foreign currency translation effect.
In Fiscal 2009, gross profit percentage increased 160 basis points to 51.7% compared to the gross profit percentage for Fiscal 2008 of 50.1%. This increase was comprised of a 140 basis point improvement in merchandise margin and a 30 basis point decrease in occupancy costs, partially offset by a 10 basis point increase in buying and buying-related costs. Fiscal 2008 included $2.1 million of non-recurring PET project costs, which were included in buying and buying-related costs, and accounted for 40 basis points of the improvement in gross margin.
The following table compares our sales of each product category for the last three fiscal years:
                         
    Percentage of Total  
Product Category   Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Accessories
    62.7       62.2       57.3  
Jewelry
    37.3       37.8       42.7  
 
                 
 
    100.0       100.0       100.0  
 
                 
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Our operating liquidity requirements are funded through internally generated cash flow from net sales and cash on hand. Our primary uses of cash are working capital requirements, new store expenditures, and debt service requirements. Cash outlays for the payment of interest are significantly higher in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 than in prior years as a result of the Credit Facility and Notes incurred in connection with the Transactions described below. Our current capital structure generates tax losses in our U.S. operations because of debt service requirements. Accordingly, we expect to pay minimal cash taxes in the U.S. in the near term, while our foreign cash taxes are less affected by our capital structure and debt service requirements. We anticipate that the existing cash and cash equivalents and cash generated from operations will be sufficient to meet our future working capital requirements, new store expenditures, and debt service requirements as they become due. However, our ability to fund future operating expenses and capital expenditures and our ability to make scheduled payments of interest on, to pay principal on, or refinance indebtedness and to satisfy any other present or future debt obligations will depend on future operating performance. Our future operating performance and liquidity may also be adversely affected by general economic, financial, and other factors beyond the Company’s control, including those disclosed in Part I, Item 1A — Risk Factors.

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Short-term Debt
On January 24, 2011, we entered into a Euro (“”) denominated loan (the “Euro loan”) in the amount of 42.4 million that is due on January 24, 2012. The Euro loan bears interest at the three month Euro Interbank Offered Rate (“EURIBOR”) rate plus 8.00% per year and is payable quarterly. As of January 29, 2011, there was 42.4 million, or the equivalent of $57.7 million, outstanding under the Euro loan, and the weighted-average interest rate for borrowings outstanding was 9.02%. We intend to use the net proceeds of the borrowings for general corporate purposes.
The obligations under the Euro loan are secured by a cash deposit in the amount of 15.0 million, or the equivalent of $20.4 million at January 29, 2011, and a perfected first lien security interest in all of the issued and outstanding equity interest of one of our international subsidiaries, Claire’s Holdings S.a.r.l. The cash deposit is classified as “Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash” in our Consolidated Balance Sheet. See Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further details.
Credit Facility
Our Credit Facility provides senior secured financing of up to $1.65 billion, consisting of a $1.45 billion senior secured term loan facility and a $200.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility. On May 29, 2007, upon closing of the Transactions, we borrowed $1.45 billion under our senior secured term loan facility and were issued a $4.5 million letter of credit. The letter of credit was subsequently increased to $6.0 million. As of January 29, 2011, we were in compliance with the covenants in our Credit Facility.
Borrowings under our Credit Facility bear interest at a rate equal to, at our option, either (a) an alternate base rate determined by reference to the higher of (1) prime rate in effect on such day and (2) the federal funds effective rate plus 0.50% or (b) a LIBOR rate, with respect to any Eurodollar borrowing, determined by reference to the costs of funds for U.S. dollar deposits in the London Interbank Market for the interest period relevant to such borrowing, adjusted for certain additional costs, in each case plus an applicable margin. The initial applicable margin for borrowings under our Credit Facility is 1.75% per annum with respect to the alternate base rate borrowing and 2.75% per annum in the case of any LIBOR borrowings. The applicable margin for our revolving credit loans under our Credit Facility will be subject to one or more stepdowns, in each case based upon the ratio of our net senior secured debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters most recently ended as of such date (the “Total Net Secured Leverage Ratio”).
On July 28, 2010, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement (the “Swap”) to manage exposure to fluctuations in interest rate changes related to the senior secured term loan facility. The Swap has been designated and accounted for as a cash flow hedge and expires on July 30, 2013. The Swap represents a contract to exchange floating rate for fixed interest payments periodically over the life of the Swap without exchange of the underlying notional amount. The Swap covers an aggregate notional amount of $200.0 million of the outstanding principal balance of the senior secured term loan facility and has a fixed rate of 1.2235%. The interest rate Swap results in the Company paying a fixed rate plus the applicable margin then in effect for LIBOR borrowings resulting in an interest rate of 3.97% at January 29, 2011, on a notional amount of $200.0 million of the senior secured term loan.
We entered into three interest rate swap agreements in July 2007 (the “Swaps”) to manage exposure to fluctuations in interest rate changes related to the senior secured term loan facility. The Swaps were designated and accounted for as cash flow hedges and expired on June 30, 2010. The Swaps covered an aggregate notional amount of $435.0 million of the outstanding principal balance of the senior secured term loan facility. The fixed rates of the three Swaps ranged from 4.96% to 5.25%.
In addition to paying interest on outstanding principal under our Credit Facility, we are required to pay a commitment fee, initially 0.50% per annum, in respect of the revolving credit commitments thereunder. The commitment fee will be subject to one stepdown, based upon our Total Net Secured Leverage Ratio. We must also pay customary letter of credit fees and agency fees. At January 29, 2011, the weighted average interest rate for borrowings outstanding under our Credit Facility was 2.98% per annum. Any principal amount outstanding of the loans under our senior secured revolving credit facility, plus interest accrued and unpaid thereon, will be due and payable in full at maturity on May 29, 2013.

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All obligations under our Credit Facility are unconditionally guaranteed by (i) Claire’s Inc., our parent, prior to an initial public offering of Claire’s Stores, Inc. stock, and (ii) certain of our existing and future wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions.
All obligations under our Credit Facility, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured, subject to certain exceptions, by (i) all of Claire’s Stores, Inc. capital stock, prior to an initial public offering of Claire’s Stores, Inc. stock, and (ii) substantially all of our material owned assets and the material owned assets of subsidiary guarantors, including:
    a perfected pledge of all the equity interests held by us or any subsidiary guarantor, which pledge, in the case of any foreign subsidiary, is limited to 100% of the non-voting equity interests and 65% of the voting equity interests of such foreign subsidiary held directly by us and the subsidiary guarantors; and
 
    perfected security interests in, and mortgages on, substantially all material tangible and intangible assets owned by us and each subsidiary guarantor, subject to certain exceptions.
Our Credit Facility contains customary provisions relating to mandatory prepayments, voluntary payments, affirmative and negative covenants, and events of default; however, it does not contain any covenants that require the Company to maintain any particular financial ratio or other measure of financial performance.
Although we did not need to do so, during the quarter ended November 1, 2008, we drew down the remaining $194.0 million available under our Revolving Credit Facility (“Revolver”). An affiliate of Lehman Brothers is a member of the facility syndicate, and so immediately after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, in order to preserve the availability of the commitment, we drew down the full available amount under the Revolver. We received the entire $194.0 million, including the remaining portion of Lehman Brothers affiliate’s commitment of $33 million. We were not required to repay any of the Revolver until the due date of May 29, 2013, therefore, the Revolver was classified as a long-term liability in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet as of January 29, 2011. The interest rate on the Revolver on January 29, 2011 was 2.5%. Subsequent to January 29, 2011, we paid down the entire $194.0 million of the Revolver (without terminating the commitment) and $241.0 million of indebtedness under the senior secured term loan with the net proceeds from our Senior Secured Second Lien Notes offering. As a result of our prepayment under the senior secured term loan facility, we are no longer required to make any quarterly payments and have a final payment of $1,154 million due May 29, 2014. See Senior Secured Second Lien Notes below and Note 16 — Subsequent Events in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Senior Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes
In connection with the Transactions, we also issued a series of notes.
Our senior notes were issued in two series: (1) $250.0 million of 9.25% senior notes due 2015; and (2) $350.0 million of 9.625%/10.375% senior toggle notes due 2015. The $250.0 million senior notes are unsecured obligations, mature on June 1, 2015 and bear interest at a rate of 9.25% per annum. The $350.0 million senior toggle notes are senior obligations and will mature on June 1, 2015. For any interest period through June 1, 2011, we may, at our option, elect to pay interest on the senior toggle notes (i) entirely in cash, (ii) entirely by increasing the principal amount of the outstanding senior toggle notes or by issuing payment in kind (PIK) Notes, or (iii) 50% as cash interest and 50% as PIK interest. After June 1, 2011, we will make all interest payments on the senior toggle notes in cash. Cash interest on the senior toggle notes will accrue at the rate of 9.625% per annum and be payable in cash. PIK interest on the senior toggle notes will accrue at the cash interest rate per annum plus 0.75% and be payable by issuing PIK notes. When we make a PIK interest election, our debt increases by the amount of such interest and we issue PIK notes on the scheduled semi-annual payment dates.

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We also issued 10.50% senior subordinated notes due 2017 in an initial aggregate principal amount of $335.0 million. The senior subordinated notes are senior subordinated obligations, will mature on June 1, 2017 and bear interest at a rate of 10.50% per annum.
Interest on the notes is payable semi-annually to holders of record at the close of business on May 15 or November 15 immediately preceding the interest payment date on June 1 and December 1 of each year, commencing December 1, 2007. The notes are also subject to certain redemption and repurchase rights as described in Note 5 — Debt in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Senior Secured Second Lien Notes
On March 4, 2011, we issued $450.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.875% senior secured second lien notes that mature on March 15, 2019 (the “Senior Secured Second Lien Notes”). Interest on the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes is payable semi-annually to holders of record at the close of business on March 1 or September 1 immediately preceding the interest payment date on March 15 and September 15 of each year, commencing on September 15, 2011. The Senior Secured Second Lien Notes are guaranteed on a second-priority senior secured basis by all of our existing and future direct or indirect wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee the Credit Facility. The Senior Secured Second Lien Notes and related guarantees are secured by a second-priority lien on substantially all of the assets that secure our and our subsidiary’s guarantors’ obligations under the Credit Facility. We used the net proceeds of the offering of the Senior Secured Second Lien Notes to reduce the entire amount outstanding under our revolving Credit Facility (without terminating the commitment) and indebtedness under our senior secured term loan. See Note 16 — Subsequent Events in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Our Senior Notes, Senior Toggle Notes, Senior Subordinated Notes and Senior Secured Second Lien Notes (collectively, the “Notes”) contain certain covenants that, among other things, and subject to certain exceptions and other basket amounts, restrict our ability and the ability of our subsidiaries to:
    incur additional indebtedness;
 
    pay dividends or distributions on our capital stock, repurchase or retire our capital stock and redeem, repurchase or defease any subordinated indebtedness;
 
    make certain investments;
 
    create or incur certain liens;
 
    create restrictions on the payment of dividends or other distributions to us from our subsidiaries;
 
    transfer or sell assets;
 
    engage in certain transactions with our affiliates; and
 
    merge or consolidate with other companies or transfer all or substantially all of our assets.
Certain of these covenants, such as limitations on our ability to make certain payments such as dividends, or incur debt, will no longer apply if our Notes have investment grade ratings from both of the rating agencies of Moody’s Investor Services, Inc. (“Moody’s”) and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Group (“S&P”) and no event of default has occurred. Since the date of issuance of the Notes in May 2007, the Notes have not received investment grade ratings from Moody’s or S&P. Accordingly, all of the covenants under the Notes currently apply to us. None of these covenants, however, require the Company to maintain any particular financial ratio or other measure of financial performance. As of January 29, 2011, we were in compliance with the covenants under the Notes.
We elected to pay interest in kind on our 9.625%/10.375% Senior Toggle Notes for the interest periods beginning June 2, 2008 through June 1, 2011. This election, net of reductions for note repurchases, increased the principal amount on the Senior Toggle Notes by $98.1 million and $62.4 million as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively. The accrued payment in kind interest is included in “Long-term debt” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.
European Credit Facilities
Our non-U.S. subsidiaries have bank credit facilities totaling $2.6 million. These facilities are used for working capital requirements, letters of credit and various guarantees. These credit facilities have been arranged in accordance with customary lending practices in their respective countries of operation. At January 29, 2011, the entire amount of $2.6 million was available for borrowing by us, subject to a reduction of $2.3 million for outstanding bank guarantees.

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Analysis of Consolidated Financial Condition
A summary of cash flows provided by (used in) operating, investing and financing activities is outlined in the table below (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Operating activities
  $ 151,259     $ 75,476     $ 1,373  
Investing activities
    (56,952 )     (21,259 )     (60,756 )
Financing activities
    (38,139 )     (60,591 )     179,500  
Our working capital at the end of Fiscal 2010 was $195.9 million compared to $188.6 million at the end of Fiscal 2009, an increase of $7.3 million. The increase in working capital mainly reflects the increase in inventories of $25.8 million, partially offset by the decrease in prepaid expenses of $11.4 million and the increase in trade accounts payable of $12.2 million.
Cash flows from operating activities
In Fiscal 2010, cash provided by operating activities increased $75.8 million compared to Fiscal 2009. The primary reasons for the increase were an increase in operating income before impairment of assets and depreciation and amortization expense of $25.2 million; a decrease in working capital, excluding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, of $34.8 million; and lower cash interest payments of $17.8 million; partially offset by higher cash tax payments of $3.2 million.
In Fiscal 2009, cash provided by operating activities increased $74.1 million compared to Fiscal 2008. The primary reasons for the increase were lower cash interest payments of $41.8 million, lower cash tax payments of $11.1 million, and an increase in operating income before impairment of assets and depreciation and amortization expense of $53.8 million, partially offset by an increase in working capital, excluding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, of $22.8 million, an increase in other assets of $4.6 million and a decrease in deferred rent expense of $5.8 million.
Cash flows from investing activities
In Fiscal 2010, cash used in investing activities increased $35.7 million compared to Fiscal 2009. In Fiscal 2010, restricted cash increased $23.9 million for deposits securing certain debt obligations. In February 2010, we completed a sale-leaseback transaction that generated proceeds of approximately $16.8 million, offset by increased capital expenditures of $24.4 million for the remodeling of existing stores, new store openings, and improvements to technology systems. In Fiscal 2009, we received $1.8 million from the sale of property and $2.4 million from the sale of intangible assets.
In Fiscal 2009, cash used in investing activities decreased $39.5 million compared to Fiscal 2008. The primary reasons for the decrease were lower capital expenditures of $35.9 million due to fewer store openings and increased proceeds of $1.7 million from the sale of property and $1.9 million from the sale of intangible assets. We reduced capital expenditures during 2009 to preserve cash in response to the distress in the financial markets which has resulted in declines in consumer confidence and spending.
Capital expenditures were $49.8 million, $25.5 million and $61.4 million in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively, primarily to remodel existing stores, open new stores and to improve technology systems. In Fiscal 2011, we currently expect to incur approximately $75.0 million to $80.0 million of capital expenditures to open new stores, remodel existing stores and to improve technology systems.
Cash flows from financing activities
In Fiscal 2010, cash used in financing activities decreased $22.5 million compared to Fiscal 2009. In Fiscal 2010, we received $57.5 million from a short-term bank loan and paid $0.5 million of debt issuance costs. In both Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, we paid $14.5 million for the scheduled principal payments on our Credit Facility. In Fiscal 2010, we paid $79.9 million to retire $14.0 million of Senior Notes, $57.2 million of Senior Toggle Notes and $22.6 million of Senior Subordinated Notes. We also paid $0.7 million in capital lease payments during Fiscal 2010. During Fiscal 2009, we paid $46.1 million to retire $30.5 million of Senior Toggle Notes and $52.8 million of Senior Subordinated Notes.

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During Fiscal 2008, we drew down the remaining $194.0 million available under our Revolving Credit Facility and paid $14.5 million for the scheduled principal payments on our Credit Facility.
We or our affiliates have purchased and may, from time to time, purchase portions of our indebtedness. All of our purchases have been privately-negotiated, open market transactions.
Cash position
As of January 29, 2011, we had cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of $279.8 million and substantially all of the cash equivalents consisted of money market funds invested in U.S. Treasury Securities.
We anticipate that cash generated from operations will be sufficient to meet our future working capital requirements, new store expenditures, and debt service requirements for at least the next twelve months. However, our ability to fund future operating expenses and capital expenditures and our ability to make scheduled payments of interest on, to pay principal on, or refinance indebtedness and to satisfy any other present or future debt obligations will depend on future operating performance. Our future operating performance and liquidity may also be adversely affected by general economic, financial, and other factors beyond the Company’s control, including those disclosed in Part I, Item 1A — Risk Factors.
Current market conditions
Continued distress in the financial markets has resulted in declines in consumer confidence and spending, extreme volatility in securities prices, and has had a negative impact on credit availability and declining valuations of certain investments. We have assessed the implications of these factors on our current business and have responded with pursuit of cost reduction opportunities and are proceeding cautiously to support increased sales. If the national, or global, economies or credit market conditions in general were to deteriorate further in the future, it is possible that such deterioration could put additional negative pressure on consumer spending and negatively affect our cash flows or cause a tightening of trade credit that may negatively affect our liquidity.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Our Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which require us to make certain estimates and assumptions about future events. These estimates and the underlying assumptions affect the amounts of assets and liabilities reported, disclosures regarding contingent assets and liabilities and reported amounts of revenues and expenses. Such estimates include, but are not limited to, the value of inventories, goodwill, intangible assets and other long-lived assets, legal contingencies and assumptions used in the calculation of income taxes, retirement and other post-retirement benefits, stock-based compensation, derivative and hedging activities, residual values and other items. These estimates and assumptions are based on our best estimates and judgment. We evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis using historical experience and other factors, including the current economic environment, which we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. We adjust such estimates and assumptions when facts and circumstances dictate. Illiquidity in credit markets, volatility in each of the equity, foreign currency, and energy markets and declines in consumer spending have combined to increase the uncertainty inherent in such estimates and assumptions. As future events and their effects cannot be determined with precision, actual results could differ significantly from these estimates. Changes in those estimates will be reflected in the financial statements in those future periods when the changes occur.

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Inventory Valuation
Our inventories in North America are valued at the lower of cost or market, with cost determined using the retail method. Inherent in the retail inventory calculation are certain significant management judgments and estimates including, among others, merchandise markups, markdowns and shrinkage, which impact the ending inventory valuation at cost as well as resulting gross margins. The methodologies used to value merchandise inventories include the development of the cost-to-retail ratios, the groupings of homogeneous classes of merchandise, development of shrinkage reserves and the accounting for retail price changes. Our inventories in Europe are accounted for under the lower of cost or market method, with cost determined using the average cost method at an individual item level. Market is determined based on the estimated net realizable value, which is generally the merchandise selling price. Inventory valuation is impacted by the estimation of slow moving goods, shrinkage and markdowns. Management monitors merchandise inventory levels to identify slow-moving items and uses markdowns to clear such inventories. Changes in consumer demand of our products could affect our retail prices, and therefore impact the retail method and lower of cost or market valuations.
Valuation of Long-Lived Assets
We evaluate the carrying value of long-lived assets whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that a potential impairment has occurred. A potential impairment has occurred if the projected future undiscounted cash flows are less than the carrying value of the assets. The estimate of cash flows includes management’s assumptions of cash inflows and outflows directly resulting from the use of the asset in operations. When a potential impairment has occurred, an impairment charge is recorded if the carrying value of the long-lived asset exceeds its fair value. Fair value is measured based on a projected discounted cash flow model using a discount rate we feel is commensurate with the risk inherent in our business. A prolonged decrease in consumer spending would require us to modify our models and cash flow estimates, and could create a risk of an impairment triggering event in the future. Our impairment analyses contain estimates due to the inherently judgmental nature of forecasting long-term estimated cash flows and determining the ultimate useful lives of assets. Actual results may differ, which could materially impact our impairment assessment.
During Fiscal 2010, we recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $6.0 million related to our former investment in our joint venture, Claire’s Nippon. During Fiscal 2008, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $25.5 million for its former investment in Claire’s Nippon.
During Fiscal 2009, an impairment charge of approximately $3.1 million was recorded related to our central buying and store operations offices and the North American distribution center located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. During Fiscal 2008, an impairment charge of approximately $2.5 million was recorded related to store asset impairment.
Goodwill Impairment
We continually evaluate whether events and changes in circumstances warrant recognition of an impairment of goodwill. The conditions that would trigger an impairment assessment of goodwill include a significant, sustained negative trend in our operating results or cash flows, a decrease in demand for our products, a change in the competitive environment, and other industry and economic factors. We conduct our annual impairment test to determine whether an impairment of the value of goodwill has occurred in accordance with the guidance set forth in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other. ASC Topic 350 requires a two-step process for determining goodwill impairment. The first step in this process compares the fair value of the reporting unit to its carrying value. If the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the second step of the impairment test is performed to measure the impairment. In the second step, the fair value of the reporting unit is allocated to all of the assets and liabilities of the reporting unit to determine an implied goodwill value. This allocation is similar to a purchase price allocation performed in purchase accounting. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit’s goodwill exceeds the implied goodwill value, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount equal to that excess. We have two reporting units as defined under ASC Topic 350. These reporting units are our North American segment and our European segment.
Fair value is determined using appropriate valuation techniques. All valuation methodologies applied in a valuation of any form of property can be broadly classified into one of three approaches: the asset approach, the market approach and the income approach. We rely on the income approach using discounted cash flows and market approach using comparable public company entities in deriving the fair values of our reporting units. The asset approach is not used as our reporting units have significant intangible assets, the value of which is dependent on cash flow.

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The fair value of each reporting unit determined under Step 1 of the goodwill impairment test was based on a three-fourths weighting of a discounted cash flow analysis under the income approach using forward-looking projections of estimated future operating results and a one-fourth weighting of a guideline company methodology under the market approach using earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) multiples. Our determination of the fair value of each reporting unit incorporates multiple assumptions and contains inherent uncertainties, including significant estimates relating to future business growth, earnings projections, and the weighted average cost of capital used for purposes of discounting. Decreases in revenue growth, decreases in earnings projections and increases in the weighted average cost of capital will all cause the fair value of the reporting unit to decrease, which could require us to modify future models and cash flow estimates, and could result in an impairment triggering event in the future.
We have weighted the valuation of our reporting units at three-fourths using the income approach and one-fourth using the market based approach. We believe that this weighting is appropriate since it is difficult to find other comparable publicly traded companies that are similar to our reporting units’ heavy penetration of jewelry and accessories sales and margin structure. It is our view that the future discounted cash flows are more reflective of the value of the reporting units.
The projected cash flows used in the income approach cover the periods consisting of the fourth quarter fiscal 2010 and the fiscal years 2011 through 2015. Beyond fiscal year 2015, a terminal value was calculated using the Gordon Growth Model. We developed the projected cash flows based on estimates of forecasted same store sales, new store openings, operating margins and capital expenditures. Due to the inherent judgment involved in making these estimates and assumptions, actual results could differ from those estimates. The projected cash flows reflect projected same store sales increases representative of the Company’s past performance post-recession.
A weighted average cost of capital reflecting the risk associated with the projected cash flows was calculated for each reporting unit and used to discount each reporting unit’s cash flows and terminal value. Key assumptions made in calculating a weighted average cost of capital include the risk-free rate, market risk premium, volatility relative to the market, cost of debt, specific company premium, small company premium, tax rate and debt-to-equity ratio.
The calculation of fair value is significantly impacted by the reporting unit’s projected cash flows and the discount interest rates used. Accordingly, any sustained volatility in the economic environment could impact these assumptions and make it reasonably possible that another impairment charge could be recorded some time in the future. However, since the terminal value is a significant portion of each reporting unit’s fair value, the impact of any such near-term volatility on our fair value would be lessened.
Our annual impairment analysis did not result in any impairment of goodwill during Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009. We recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $297.0 million in Fiscal 2008. The excess of fair value over carrying value for each of our reporting units as of October 30, 2010, the annual testing date for Fiscal 2010, ranged from approximately $420.0 million to approximately $508.0 million. In order to evaluate the sensitivity of the fair value calculations on the goodwill impairment test, we applied a hypothetical 10% decrease to the fair values of each reporting unit. This hypothetical 10% decrease would result in excess fair value over carrying value ranging from approximately $210.0 million to approximately $388.0 million for each of our reporting units.
Intangible Asset Impairment
Intangible assets include tradenames, franchise agreements, lease rights, non-compete agreements and leases that existed at the date of acquisition with terms that were favorable to market at that date. We continually evaluate whether events and changes in circumstances warrant revised estimates of the useful lives, residual values or recognition of an impairment loss for intangible assets. Future adverse changes in market and legal conditions or poor operating results of underlying assets could result in losses or an inability to recover the carrying value of the intangible asset, thereby possibly requiring an impairment charge in the future.

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We evaluate the market value of the intangible assets periodically and record an impairment charge when we believe the carrying amount of the asset is not recoverable. Indefinite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment annually or more frequently when events or circumstances indicate that impairment may have occurred. Definite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. We estimate the fair value of these intangible assets primarily utilizing a discounted cash flow model. The forecasted cash flows used in the model contain inherent uncertainties, including significant estimates and assumptions related to growth rates, margins and cost of capital. Changes in any of the assumptions utilized could affect the fair value of the intangible assets and result in an impairment triggering event. A prolonged decrease in consumer spending would require us to modify our models and cash flow estimates, with the risk of an impairment triggering event in the future. During Fiscal 2010, we recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $12.3 million related to certain franchise agreements which are definite-lived intangible assets. We did not recognize any impairment charge during Fiscal 2009. We recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $199.0 million in Fiscal 2008.
Income Taxes
We are subject to income taxes in many jurisdictions, including the United States, individual states and localities and internationally. Our annual consolidated provision for income taxes is determined based on our income, statutory tax rates and the tax implications of items treated differently for tax purposes than for financial reporting purposes. Tax law requires certain items to be included in the tax return at different times than the items are reflected on the financial statements. Some of these differences are permanent, such as expenses that are not deductible in our tax return, and some differences are temporary, reversing over time, such as depreciation expense. We establish deferred tax assets and liabilities as a result of these temporary differences.
Our judgment is required in determining any valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets, specifically net operating loss carryforwards, tax credit carryforwards and deductible temporary differences that may reduce taxable income in future periods. In assessing the need for a valuation allowance, we consider all available evidence including past operating results, estimates of future taxable income and tax planning opportunities. In the event we change our determination as to the amount of deferred tax assets that can be realized, we will adjust our valuation allowance with a corresponding impact to income tax expense in the period in which such determination is made.
During Fiscal 2010, we reported a decrease of $11.8 million in valuation allowance against our U.S. deferred tax assets, and an increase of $1.5 million in valuation allowance against our foreign deferred tax assets. The foreign increase primarily relates to foreign jurisdictions that have a history of losses. Our conclusion regarding the need for a valuation allowance against U.S. and foreign deferred tax assets could change in the future based on improvements in operating performance, which may result in the full or partial reversal of the valuation allowance.
During Fiscal 2009, we reported an increase of $18.3 million in valuation allowance against our U.S. deferred tax assets, and an increase of $2.1 million in valuation allowance against our foreign deferred tax assets. The foreign increase primarily relates to foreign jurisdictions that have a history of losses.
In the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2008, we recorded a charge of $95.8 million, respectively, to establish a valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the U.S. We concluded that such a valuation allowance was appropriate in light of the significant negative evidence, which was objective and verifiable, such as the cumulative losses in recent fiscal years in our U.S. operations. While our long-term financial outlook in the U.S. remains positive, we concluded that our ability to rely on our long-term outlook as to future taxable income was limited due to the relative weight of the negative evidence from our recent U.S. cumulative losses.

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We establish accruals for uncertain tax positions in our Consolidated Financial Statements based on tax positions that we believe are supportable, but are potentially subject to successful challenge by the taxing authorities. We believe these accruals are adequate for all open audit years based on our assessment of many factors including past experience, progress of ongoing tax audits and interpretations of tax law. If changing facts and circumstances cause us to adjust our accruals, or if we prevail in tax matters for which accruals have been established, or we are required to settle matters in excess of established accruals, our income tax expense for a particular period will be affected.
Income tax expense also reflects our best estimate and assumptions regarding, among other things, the geographic mix of income and losses from our foreign and domestic operations, interpretation of tax laws and regulations of multiple jurisdictions, earnings repatriation plans, and resolution of tax audits. Our effective income tax rates in future periods could be impacted by changes in the geographic mix of income and losses from our foreign and domestic operations that may be taxed at different rates, changes in tax laws, repatriation of foreign earnings, and the resolution of unrecognized tax benefits for amounts different from our current estimates. Given our capital structure, we will continue to experience volatility in our effective tax rate over the near term.
Stock-Based Compensation
We issue stock options and other stock-based awards to executive management, key employees and directors under our stock-based compensation plans.
On January 29, 2006, we adopted ASC Topic 718, Compensation — Stock Compensation, using the modified prospective method. The calculation of stock-based compensation expense requires the input of highly subjective assumptions, including the expected term of the stock-based awards, stock price volatility and pre-vesting forfeitures. The assumptions used in calculating the fair value of stock-based awards represent our best estimates, but these estimates involve inherent uncertainties and the application of management judgment. As a result, if factors change and we were to use different assumptions, our stock-based compensation expense could be materially different in the future. In addition, we are required to estimate the expected forfeiture rate and only recognize expense for those shares expected to vest. We estimate forfeitures based on our historical experience of stock-based awards granted, exercised and cancelled, as well as considering future expected behavior. If the actual forfeiture rate is materially different from our estimate, stock-based compensation expense could be different from what we have recorded in the current period.
Under ASC Topic 718, time-vested stock awards are accounted for at fair value at date of grant. The compensation expense is recorded over the requisite service period. Stock-based compensation expense for time-vested stock awards granted in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 was recorded over the requisite service period using the graded-vesting method for the entire award.
Performance-vested awards, which qualified as equity plans under ASC Topic 718, were accounted for based on fair value at date of grant. The stock-based compensation expense was based on the number of shares expected to be issued when it became probable that performance targets required to receive the award would be achieved. The expense was recorded over the requisite service period.
BOGO options, which are immediately vested and exercisable upon issuance, are accounted for at fair value at date of grant. The compensation expense is recognized over a four year period due to the terms of the option requiring forfeiture in certain cases including the grantee’s voluntary resignation from the Company’s employ prior to May 2011.
The fair value of time-vested stock options and the buy one, get one (“BOGO”) options granted during Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 were determined using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The fair value of performance based stock options issued during Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 was based on the Monte Carlo model. Both models incorporate various assumptions such as expected dividend yield, risk-free interest rate, expected life of the options and expected stock price volatility.
Our estimates of stock price volatility, interest rate, grant date fair value and expected term of options and restricted stock are affected by illiquid credit markets, consumer spending and current and future economic conditions. As future events and their effects can not be determined with precision, actual results could differ significantly from our estimates. See Note 9 — Stock Options and Stock-Based Compensation in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Derivatives and Hedging
We account for derivative instruments in accordance with ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging. In accordance with ASC Topic 815, we report all derivative financial instruments on our Consolidated Balance Sheet at fair value. We formally designate and document the financial instrument as a hedge of a specific underlying exposure, as well as the risk management objectives and strategies for undertaking the hedge transaction. We formally assess both at inception and at least quarterly thereafter, whether the financial instruments that are used in hedging transactions are effective at offsetting changes in either the fair value or cash flows of the related underlying exposure. We measure the effectiveness of our cash flow hedges by evaluating the following criteria: (i) the re-pricing dates of the derivative instrument match those of the debt obligation; (ii) the interest rates of the derivative instrument and the debt obligation are based on the same interest rate index and tenor; (iii) the variable interest rate of the derivative instrument does not contain a floor or cap, or other provisions that cause a basis difference with the debt obligation; and (iv) the likelihood of the counterparty not defaulting is assessed as being probable.
We primarily employ derivative financial instruments to manage our exposure to market risk from interest rate changes and to limit the volatility and impact of interest rate changes on earnings and cash flows. We do not enter into derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. We face credit risk if the counterparties to the financial instruments are unable to perform their obligations. However, we seek to mitigate credit derivative risk by entering into transactions with counterparties that are significant and creditworthy financial institutions. We monitor the credit ratings of the counterparties.
For derivatives that qualify as cash flow hedges, we report the effective portion of the change in fair value as a component of “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and reclassifies it into earnings in the same periods in which the hedged item affects earnings, and within the same income statement line item as the impact of the hedged item. The ineffective portion of the change in fair value of a cash flow hedge is recognized into income immediately. For derivative financial instruments which do not qualify as cash flow hedges, any changes in fair value would be recorded in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). We adopted ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, on February 3, 2008, which required the Company to include credit valuation adjustment risk in the calculation of fair value.
We may at our discretion terminate or change the designation of any such hedging instrument agreements prior to maturity. At that time, any gains or losses previously reported in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) on termination would amortize into interest expense or interest income to correspond to the recognition of interest expense or interest income on the hedged debt. If such debt instrument was also terminated, the gain or loss associated with the terminated derivative included in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) at the time of termination of the debt would be recognized in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) at that time.

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Contractual Obligations and Off Balance Sheet Arrangements
We finance certain equipment through transactions accounted for as non-cancelable operating leases. As a result, the rental expense for this equipment is recorded during the term of the lease contract in our Consolidated Financial Statements, generally over four to seven years. In the event that we, or our landlord, terminate a real property lease prior to its scheduled expiration, we will be required to accrue all future rent payments under any non-cancelable operating lease with respect to leasehold improvements or equipment located thereon. The following table sets forth our contractual obligations requiring the use of cash as of January 29, 2011:
                                         
    Payments Due by Period  
Contractual Obligations                   2-3     4-5     More than 5  
(in millions)   Total     1 year     years     years     years  
Recorded Contractual Obligations:
                                       
 
                                       
Debt (1)
  $ 2,519.0     $ 76.2     $ 223.0     $ 1,960.3 (2)   $ 259.5  
 
                                       
Capital lease obligation
    48.7       2.2       4.5       4.6       37.4  
 
                                       
Unrecorded Contractual Obligations:
                                       
 
                                       
Operating lease obligations (3)
    1,053.9       202.2       338.7       246.9       266.1  
 
                                       
Interest (4)
    584.2       122.8       265.5       155.0       40.9  
 
                                       
Letters of credit
    7.1       7.1                    
 
                             
 
                                       
Total
  $ 4,212.9     $ 410.5     $ 831.7     $ 2,366.8     $ 603.9  
 
                             
 
(1)   Represents debt expected to be paid and does not assume any note repurchases or prepayments other than scheduled debt payments under our Credit Facility.
 
(2)   Includes $1,351.8 million under our senior secured term loan facility, $372.5 million under our Senior Toggle Notes and $236.0 million under our Senior Subordinated Notes.
 
(3)   Operating lease obligations consists of future minimum lease commitments related to store operating leases, distribution center leases, office leases and equipment leases. Operating lease obligations do not include common area maintenance (“CAM”), contingent rent, insurance, marketing or tax payments for which the Company is also obligated.
 
(4)   Represents interest expected to be paid on our debt and does not assume any note repurchases or prepayments, other than scheduled debt payments under our Credit Facility. Projected interest on variable rate debt is calculated using the applicable interest rate at January 29, 2011, and the effect of the interest rate swap through July 2013 as discussed in Note 6 — Derivatives and Hedging Activities in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
We have no material off-balance sheet arrangements (as such term is defined in Item 303(a) (4) (ii) under Regulation S-K of the Securities Exchange Act) other than disclosed herein.
Seasonality and Quarterly Results
Sales of each category of merchandise vary from period to period depending on current trends. We experience traditional retail patterns of peak sales during the Christmas, Easter and back-to-school periods. Sales as a percentage of total sales in each of the four quarters of Fiscal 2010 were 23%, 23%, 24% and 30%, respectively. See Note 13 — Selected Quarterly Financial Data in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for our quarterly results of operations.
Impact of Inflation
Inflation impacts our operating costs including, but not limited to, cost of goods and supplies, occupancy costs and labor expenses. We seek to mitigate these effects by passing along inflationary increases in costs through increased sales prices of our products where competitively practical or by increasing sales volumes.

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Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In January 2010, the FASB issued ASU 2010-06, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures — Improving Disclosures about Fair Value Measurements (amendments to ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures). ASU 2010-06 amends the disclosure requirements related to recurring and nonrecurring measurements. The guidance requires new disclosures on the transfer of assets and liabilities between Level 1 (quoted prices in active market for identical assets or liabilities) and Level 2 (significant other observable inputs) of the fair value measurement hierarchy, including the reasons and the timing of the transfers. Additionally, the guidance requires a roll forward of activities on purchases, sales, issuance, and settlements of the assets and liabilities measured using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3 fair value measurements). We adopted this guidance during our first fiscal quarter of Fiscal 2010 and it did not have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flow.
In February 2010, the FASB issued ASU 2010-09, Subsequent Events: Amendments to Certain Recognition and Disclosure Requirements (amendments to ASC Topic 855, Subsequent Events). ASU 2010-09 clarifies that subsequent events should be evaluated through the date the financial statements are issued. In addition, this update no longer requires a filer to disclose the date through which subsequent events have been evaluated. This guidance is effective for financial statements issued subsequent to February 24, 2010. We adopted this guidance on this date. This guidance did not have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
There are no recently issued accounting standards that are expected to have a material effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Cash and Cash Equivalents
We have significant amounts of cash and cash equivalents, excluding restricted cash, at financial institutions that are in excess of federally insured limits. With the current financial environment and the instability of financial institutions, we cannot be assured that we will not experience losses on our deposits. We mitigate this risk by investing in two money market funds that are invested exclusively in U.S. Treasury securities and limiting the cash balance in any one bank account. As of January 29, 2011, all cash equivalents, excluding restricted cash, were maintained in two money market funds that were invested exclusively in U.S. Treasury securities and our restricted cash was deposited with significant and credit worthy financial institutions.
Interest Rates
On July 28, 2010, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement (the “Swap”) to manage exposure to fluctuations in interest rates. The Swap expires on July 30, 2013. The Swap represents a contract to exchange floating rate for fixed interest payments periodically over the life of the Swap without exchange of the underlying notional amount. The Swap covers an aggregate notional amount of $200.0 million of the outstanding principal balance of the senior secured term loan facility. The fixed rate of the Swap is 1.2235% and has been designated and accounted for as a cash flow hedge. At January 29, 2011, the estimated fair value of the Swap was a liability of approximately $1.2 million and was recorded, net of tax, as a component of “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
We entered into three interest rate swap agreements in July 2007 (the “Swaps”) to manage exposure to fluctuations in interest rates. Those Swaps expired on June 30, 2010. The Swaps represented contracts to exchange floating rate for fixed interest payments periodically over the lives of the Swaps without exchange of the underlying notional amount. The Swaps covered an aggregate notional amount of $435.0 million of the outstanding principal balance of the senior secured term loan facility. The fixed rates of the three Swaps ranged from 4.96% to 5.25%. The Swaps were designated and accounted for as cash flow hedges. At January 30, 2010, the estimated fair value of the Swaps were liabilities of approximately $8.8 million and were recorded, net of tax, as a component in “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

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At January 29, 2011, we had fixed rate debt of $873.3 million and variable rate debt of $1.65 billion. Based on our variable rate debt balance (less $200 million hedged by interest rate swaps) as of January 29, 2011, a 1% change in interest rates would increase or decrease our annual interest expense by approximately $14.5 million.
Foreign Currency
We are exposed to market risk from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on the United States dollar (“USD” or “dollar”) value of foreign currency denominated transactions and our investments in foreign subsidiaries. We manage this exposure to market risk through our regular operating and financing activities, and may from time to time, use foreign currency options. Exposure to market risk for changes in foreign currency exchange rates relates primarily to our foreign operations’ buying, selling, and financing in currencies other than local currencies and to the carrying value of net investments in foreign subsidiaries. At January 29, 2011, we maintained no foreign currency options. We generally do not hedge the translation exposure related to our net investment in foreign subsidiaries. Included in “Comprehensive income (loss)” are $0.8 million, $15.5 million and $(27.1) million, net of tax, reflecting the unrealized gain (loss) on foreign currency translations during Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively.
Certain of our subsidiaries make significant USD purchases from Asian suppliers, particularly in China. Until July 2005, the Chinese government pegged its currency, the yuan renminbi (“RMB”), to the USD, adjusting the relative value only slightly and on infrequent occasion. Many people viewed this practice as leading to a substantial undervaluation of the RMB relative to the USD and other major currencies, providing China with a competitive advantage in international trade. China now allows the RMB to float to a limited degree against a basket of major international currencies, including the USD, the euro and the Japanese yen. The official exchange rate has historically remained stable; however, there are no assurances that this currency exchange rate will continue to be as stable in the future due to the Chinese government’s adoption of a floating rate with respect to the value of the RMB against foreign currencies. While the international reaction to the RMB revaluation has generally been positive, there remains significant international pressure on China to adopt an even more flexible and more market-oriented currency policy that allows a greater fluctuation in the exchange rate between the RMB and the USD. This floating exchange rate, and any appreciation of the RMB that may result from such rate, could have various effects on our business, which include making our purchases of Chinese products more expensive. If we are unable to negotiate commensurate price decreases from our Chinese suppliers, these higher prices would eventually translate into higher costs of sales, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
The results of operations of foreign subsidiaries, when translated into U.S. dollars, reflect the average rates of exchange for the months that comprise the periods presented. As a result, similar results in local currency can vary significantly upon translation into U.S. dollars if exchange rates fluctuate significantly from one period to the next. Accordingly, fluctuations in foreign currency rates, most notably the strengthening of the dollar against the euro, could have a material impact on our revenue growth in future periods.
General Market Risk
Our competitors include department stores, specialty stores, mass merchandisers, discount stores and other retail and internet channels. Our operations are impacted by consumer spending levels, which are affected by general economic conditions, consumer confidence, employment levels, availability of consumer credit and interest rates on credit, consumer debt levels, consumption of consumer staples including food and energy, consumption of other goods, adverse weather conditions and other factors over which the Company has little or no control. The increase in costs of such staple items has reduced the amount of discretionary funds that consumers are willing and able to spend for other goods, including our merchandise. Should there be continued volatility in food and energy costs, sustained recession in the U.S. and Europe, rising unemployment and continued declines in discretionary income, our revenue and margins could be significantly affected in the future. We can not predict whether, when or the manner in which the economic conditions described above will change.

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The Board of Directors and Stockholder
Claire’s Stores, Inc.:
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Claire’s Stores, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the related consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss), stockholder’s equity (deficit), and cash flows for the fiscal years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Claire’s Stores, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the related consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss), stockholder’s equity (deficit), and cash flows for the fiscal years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009 in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
/s/ KPMG LLP
April 21, 2011
Miami, Florida
Certified Public Accountants

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CLAIRE’S STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                 
    January 29, 2011     January 30, 2010  
    (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)  
ASSETS
               
Current assets:
               
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of $23,864 and $0, respectively
  $ 279,766     $ 198,708  
Inventories
    136,148       110,338  
Prepaid expenses
    21,449       32,873  
Other current assets
    24,658       28,236  
 
           
Total current assets
    462,021       370,155  
 
           
Property and equipment:
               
Land and building
          19,318  
Furniture, fixtures and equipment
    186,514       162,602  
Leasehold improvements
    248,030       228,503  
 
           
 
    434,544       410,423  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    (233,511 )     (182,439 )
 
           
 
    201,033       227,984  
 
           
 
               
Leased property under capital lease:
               
Land and building
    18,055        
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    (903 )      
 
           
 
    17,152        
 
           
 
               
Goodwill
    1,550,056       1,550,056  
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $38,747 and $28,032, respectively
    557,466       580,027  
Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $41,659 and $29,949, respectively
    36,434       47,641  
Other assets
    42,287       58,242  
 
           
 
    2,186,243       2,235,966  
 
           
 
               
Total assets
  $ 2,866,449     $ 2,834,105  
 
           
 
               
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER’S DEFICIT
               
Current liabilities:
               
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt
  $ 76,154     $ 14,500  
Trade accounts payable
    54,355       42,163  
Income taxes payable
    11,744       10,272  
Accrued interest payable
    16,783       14,644  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
    107,115       99,933  
 
           
Total current liabilities
    266,151       181,512  
 
           
 
               
Long-term debt
    2,236,842       2,313,378  
Revolving credit facility
    194,000       194,000  
Obligation under capital lease
    17,290        
Deferred tax liability
    121,776       122,145  
Deferred rent expense
    26,637       22,082  
Unfavorable lease obligations and other long-term liabilities
    30,268       35,630  
 
           
 
    2,626,813       2,687,235  
 
           
 
               
Commitments and contingencies
               
 
               
Stockholder’s deficit:
               
Common stock par value $0.001 per share; authorized 1,000 shares;
issued and outstanding 100 shares
           
Additional paid-in capital
    621,099       616,086  
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax
    1,416       2,625  
Accumulated deficit
    (649,030 )     (653,353 )
 
           
 
    (26,515 )     (34,642 )
 
           
 
               
Total liabilities and stockholder’s deficit
  $ 2,866,449     $ 2,834,105  
 
           
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CLAIRE’S STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(in thousands)
                         
    Fiscal Year     Fiscal Year     Fiscal Year  
    Ended     Ended     Ended  
    January 29,     January 30,     January 31,  
    2011     2010     2009  
Net sales
  $ 1,426,397     $ 1,342,389     $ 1,412,960  
Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses
    685,111       663,269       724,832  
 
                 
Gross profit
    741,286       679,120       688,128  
 
                 
Other expenses:
                       
Selling, general and administrative
    498,212       465,706       513,752  
Depreciation and amortization
    65,198       71,471       85,093  
Impairment of assets
    12,262       3,142       498,490  
Severance and transaction-related costs
    741       921       15,928  
Other expense (income), net
    411       (4,234 )     (4,499 )
 
                 
 
    576,824       537,006       1,108,764  
 
                 
Operating income (loss)
    164,462       142,114       (420,636 )
Gain on early debt extinguishment
    13,388       36,412        
Impairment of equity investment
    6,030             25,500  
Interest expense, net
    157,706       177,418       195,947  
 
                 
Income (loss) before income tax expense
    14,114       1,108       (642,083 )
Income tax expense
    9,791       11,510       1,509  
 
                 
Net income (loss)
  $ 4,323     $ (10,402 )   $ (643,592 )
 
                 
 
                       
Net income (loss)
  $ 4,323     $ (10,402 )   $ (643,592 )
Foreign currency translation and interest rate swap adjustments, net of tax
    8,363       24,944       (25,677 )
Reclassification of foreign currency translation adjustments into net income (loss)
    (9,572 )            
 
                 
Comprehensive income (loss)
  $ 3,114     $ 14,542     $ (669,269 )
 
                 
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CLAIRE’S STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY (DEFICIT)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
                                                 
    Number of                     Accumulated     Retained        
    shares of             Additional     other     earnings        
    common     Common     paid-in     comprehensive     (Accumulated        
    stock     stock     capital     income (loss), net     deficit)     Total  
Balance: February 2, 2008
    100     $     $ 601,201     $ 3,358     $ 641     $ 605,200  
Net loss
                            (643,592 )     (643,592 )
Stock option expense
                7,783                   7,783  
Restricted stock expense, net of unearned compensation
                443                   443  
Foreign currency translation adjustment and unrealized loss on interest rate swaps, net of tax
                      (25,677 )           (25,677 )
 
                                   
Balance: January 31, 2009
    100             609,427       (22,319 )     (642,951 )     (55,843 )
Net loss
                            (10,402 )     (10,402 )
Stock option expense
                6,518                   6,518  
Restricted stock expense, net of unearned compensation
                141                   141  
Foreign currency translation adjustment and unrealized gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax
                      24,944             24,944  
 
                                   
Balance: January 30, 2010
    100             616,086       2,625       (653,353 )     (34,642 )
Net income
                            4,323       4,323  
Stock option expense
                4,946                   4,946  
Restricted stock expense, net of unearned compensation
                67                   67  
Foreign currency translation adjustment and unrealized gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax
                      8,363             8,363  
Reclassification of foreign currency translation adjustments into net income
                      (9,572 )           (9,572 )
 
                                   
Balance: January 29, 2011
    100     $     $ 621,099     $ 1,416     $ (649,030 )   $ (26,515 )
 
                                   
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CLAIRE’S STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)
                         
    Fiscal Year     Fiscal Year     Fiscal Year  
    Ended     Ended     Ended  
    January 29,     January 30,     January 31,  
    2011     2010     2009  
Cash flows from operating activities:
                       
Net income (loss)
  $ 4,323     $ (10,402 )   $ (643,592 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
                       
Depreciation and amortization
    65,198       71,471       85,093  
Impairment
    18,292       3,142       523,990  
Amortization of lease rights and other assets
    3,204       2,199       2,059  
Amortization of debt issuance costs
    10,005       10,398       10,567  
Payment of in kind interest expense
    36,872       39,013       24,522  
Net unfavorable accretion of lease obligations
    (1,490 )     (2,151 )     (1,856 )
Loss (gain) on sale/retirement of property and equipment, net
    672       (1,389 )     (183 )
Gain on early debt extinguishment
    (13,388 )     (36,412 )      
Gain on sale of intangible assets/lease rights
          (506 )     (1,372 )
Stock compensation expense
    5,013       6,659       8,226  
(Increase) decrease in:
                       
Inventories
    (25,374 )     (4,081 )     6,482  
Prepaid expenses
    12,658       1,797       (1,087 )
Other assets
    751       (5,519 )     (9,085 )
Increase (decrease) in:
                       
Trade accounts payable
    10,314       (12,744 )     7,372  
Income taxes payable
    3,667       5,510       (10,710 )
Accrued interest payable
    2,139       1,328       (6,219 )
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
    14,575       (129 )     3,032  
Deferred income taxes
    (595 )     4,114       (4,809 )
Deferred rent expense
    4,423       3,178       8,943  
 
                   
Net cash provided by operating activities
    151,259       75,476       1,373  
 
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:
                       
Acquisition of property and equipment, net
    (48,711 )     (24,952 )     (59,405 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
    16,765       1,830       104  
Acquisition of intangible assets/lease rights
    (1,104 )     (546 )     (1,971 )
Proceeds from sale of intangible assets/lease rights
          2,409       516  
Changes in restricted cash
    (23,902 )            
 
                 
Net cash used in investing activities
    (56,952 )     (21,259 )     (60,756 )
 
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
                       
Proceeds from Credit facility
                194,000  
Payments of Credit facility
    (14,500 )     (14,500 )     (14,500 )
Proceeds from Short-term debt
    57,494              
Repurchases of Notes
    (79,865 )     (46,091 )      
Payment of debt issuance costs
    (503 )            
Principal payments of capital lease
    (765 )            
 
                 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities:
    (38,139 )     (60,591 )     179,500  
 
                 
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
    1,026       508       (1,517 )
 
                 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    57,194       (5,866 )     118,600  
Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of period
    198,708       204,574       85,974  
 
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, at end of period
    255,902       198,708       204,574  
Restricted cash, at end of period
    23,864              
 
                 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, at end of period
  $ 279,766     $ 198,708     $ 204,574  
 
                 
 
                       
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
                       
Income taxes paid
  $ 6,332     $ 3,159     $ 14,227  
Interest paid
    108,923       126,733       168,567  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
                       
Property acquired under capital lease
    18,055              
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CLAIRE’S STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1. NATURE OF OPERATIONS AND ACQUISITION OF CLAIRE’S STORES, INC.
Nature of Operations — Claire’s Stores, Inc., a Florida corporation, and subsidiaries (collectively the “Company”), is a leading retailer of value-priced fashion accessories targeted towards pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults. The Company is organized into two segments: North America and Europe. The Company operates owned stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (North American segment) and the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary (European segment). Until September 2, 2010, the Company operated stores in Japan through a former 50:50 joint venture. Beginning September 2, 2010, these stores began to operate as licensed stores.
Acquisition of Claire’s Stores, Inc. — In May 2007, the Company was acquired by Apollo Management VI, L.P. (“Apollo Management”), together with certain affiliated co-investment partnerships (collectively the “Sponsors”), through a merger (the “Merger”) and Claire’s Stores, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Claire’s Inc.
The purchase of the Company and the related fees and expenses were financed through the issuance of the Notes, borrowings under the Credit Facility, an equity investment by the Sponsors, and cash on hand at the Company.
The closing of the Merger occurred simultaneously with:
    the closing of the Company’s senior secured term loan facility and revolving Credit Facility (collectively the “Credit Facility”) of $1.65 billion;
 
    the closing of the Company’s senior notes offering (the “Notes”) in the aggregate principal amount of $935.0 million; and
 
    the equity investment by the Sponsors, collectively, of approximately $595.7 million.
The aforementioned transactions, including the Merger and payment of costs related to these transactions, are collectively referred to as the “Transactions.”
Claire’s Inc. is an entity that was formed in connection with the Transactions and prior to the Merger had no assets or liabilities other than the shares of Bauble Acquisition Sub, Inc. and its rights and obligations under and in connection with the merger agreement. As a result of the Merger, all of the Company’s issued and outstanding capital stock is owned by Claire’s Inc.
The acquisition of Claire’s Stores, Inc. was accounted for as a business combination using the purchase method of accounting, whereby the purchase price was allocated to the assets and liabilities based on the estimated fair market values at the date of acquisition.
See Note 5 — Debt for a summary of the terms of the Notes and the Credit Facility.
2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Principles of Consolidation — The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. Until September 2, 2010, the Company accounted for the results of operations of its former 50% ownership interest in Claire’s Nippon under the equity method and included the results within “Other expenses (income), net” in its Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). On September 2, 2010, the Company no longer had an ownership interest in Claire’s Nippon. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

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Fiscal Year — The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. The fiscal year ended January 29, 2011 (“Fiscal 2010”), January 30, 2010 (“Fiscal 2009”) and January 31, 2009 (“Fiscal 2008”) consisted of 52 weeks, respectively.
Use of Estimates — The Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which require management to make certain estimates and assumptions about future events. These estimates and the underlying assumptions affect the amounts of assets and liabilities reported, disclosures regarding contingent assets and liabilities and reported amounts of revenues and expenses. Such estimates include, but are not limited to, the value of inventories, goodwill, intangible assets and other long-lived assets, legal contingencies and assumptions used in the calculation of income taxes, retirement and other post-retirement benefits, stock-based compensation, derivative and hedging activities, residual values and other items. These estimates and assumptions are based on management’s best estimates and judgment. Management evaluates its estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis using historical experience and other factors, including the current economic environment, which management believes to be reasonable under the circumstances. Management adjusts such estimates and assumptions when facts and circumstances dictate. Illiquidity in credit markets, volatility in each of the equity, foreign currency, and energy markets and declines in consumer spending have combined to increase the uncertainty inherent in such estimates and assumptions. As future events and their effects cannot be determined with precision, actual results could differ significantly from these estimates. Changes in those estimates will be reflected in the financial statements in those future periods when the changes occur.
Reclassifications — The Consolidated Financial Statements include certain reclassifications of prior period amounts in order to conform to current year presentation.
Cash and Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash — The Company considers all highly liquid instruments purchased with an original maturity of 90 days or less to be cash equivalents. As of January 29, 2011, all cash equivalents were maintained in two money market funds that were invested exclusively in U.S. Treasury securities. Restricted cash is not available to the Company for general corporate purposes. Restricted cash consists of a security deposit in the amount of 15.0 million Euros (“”) ($20.4 million) for the outstanding short-term note payable and collateral in the amount of $3.5 million for the interest rate swap. The restricted cash amount is classified as a current asset in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets since the items it secures are classified as current liabilities. See Note 5 — Debt and Note 6 — Derivatives and Hedging Activities, respectively, for further details.
Inventories — Merchandise inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined by the first-in, first-out basis using the retail method in North America and average cost method, at an individual item level for Europe.
Prepaid Expenses — Prepaid expenses as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 included the following components (in thousands):
                 
    January 29,     January 30,  
    2011     2010  
Prepaid rent and occupancy
  $ 19,532     $ 30,444  
Prepaid insurance
    577       193  
Other
    1,340       2,236  
 
           
Total prepaid expenses
  $ 21,449     $ 32,873  
 
           

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Other Current Assets — Other current assets as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 included the following components (in thousands):
                 
    January 29,     January 30,  
    2011     2010  
Credit card receivables
  $ 5,209     $ 4,617  
Franchise receivables
    4,139       6,457  
Store supplies
    6,567       6,794  
Deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowance
    4,064       2,839  
Income taxes receivable
    69       2,556  
Other
    4,610       4,973  
 
           
Total other current assets
  $ 24,658     $ 28,236  
 
           
Property and Equipment — Property and equipment are recorded at historical cost. Depreciation is computed on the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the buildings and the furniture, fixtures, and equipment, which range from five to ten years. Amortization of leasehold improvements is computed on the straight-line method based upon the shorter of the estimated useful lives of the assets or the terms of the respective leases. Maintenance and repair costs are charged to earnings while expenditures for major improvements are capitalized. Upon the disposition of property and equipment, the accumulated depreciation is deducted from the original cost and any gain or loss is reflected in current earnings.
Capital Leases — Leased property meeting certain capital lease criteria is capitalized as an asset and the present value of the related lease payments is recorded as a liability. Amortization of capitalized leased assets is recorded using the straight-line method over the shorter of the estimated useful life of the leased asset or the initial lease term and is included in “Depreciation and amortization” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). Interest expense is recognized on the outstanding capital lease obligation using the effective interest method and is recorded in “Interest expense, net” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). On February 19, 2010, the Company sold its North American distribution center/office building (the “Property”) to a third party. The Company received net proceeds of $16.8 million from the sale of the Property. Contemporaneously with the sale of the Property, the Company entered into a lease agreement, dated February 19, 2010. The lease agreement provides for (1) an initial expiration date of February 28, 2030 with two (2) five (5) year renewal periods, each at the option of the Company and (2) basic rent of $2.1 million per annum (subject to annual increases). This transaction is accounted for as a capital lease. The Company has a $1.1 million letter of credit to secure lease payments for the Property.
Goodwill - As discussed in Note 1 — Nature of Operations and Acquisition of Claire’s Stores, Inc. above, the Company accounted for the acquisition of Claire’s Stores, Inc. as a business combination using the purchase method of accounting. The purchase price was allocated to assets and liabilities based on estimated fair market values at the date of acquisition. The remaining $1.8 billion excess of cost over amounts assigned to assets acquired and liabilities assumed was recognized as goodwill. The goodwill is not deductible for tax purposes.
The Company performs a goodwill impairment test on an annual basis or more frequently when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value of a reporting unit more likely than not exceeds its fair value. Recoverability of goodwill is evaluated using a two-step process. The first step involves a comparison of the fair value of each of our reporting units with its carrying value. If a reporting unit’s carrying value exceeds its fair value, the second step is performed to measure the amount of impairment loss, if any. The second step involves a comparison of the implied fair value and carrying value of that reporting unit’s goodwill. To the extent that a reporting unit’s carrying value exceeds the implied fair value of its goodwill, an impairment loss is recognized. See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for results of impairment testing and Note 4 — Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, respectively, for more details.

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Intangible Assets — Intangible assets include tradenames, franchise agreements, lease rights, territory rights and leases that existed at the date of acquisition with terms that were favorable to market at that date. The Company makes investments through its European subsidiaries in intangible assets upon the opening and acquisition of many of our store locations in Europe. These intangible assets are amortized to residual value on a straight-line basis over the useful lives of the respective leases, not to exceed 25 years. The Company evaluates the residual value of its intangible assets periodically and adjusts the amortization period and/or residual value when the Company believes the residual value of the asset is not recoverable. Indefinite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment annually or more frequently when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value more likely than not exceeds its fair value. Definite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. Any impairment charges resulting from the application of these tests are immediately recorded as a charge to earnings in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for results of impairment testing and Note 4 — Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, respectively, for more details.
Deferred Financing Costs — Costs incurred to issue debt are deferred and amortized as a component of interest expense over the estimated term of the related debt using the effective interest rate method. Amortization expense, recognized as a component of “Interest expense, net” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss), were $10.0 million, $10.4 million and $10.6 million for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively.
Other Assets — Other assets as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 included the following components (in thousands):
                 
    January 29,     January 30,  
    2011     2010  
Investment in Claire’s Nippon joint venture
  $     $ 17,758  
Initial direct costs of leases
    16,358       16,905  
Prepaid lease payments
    6,856       7,098  
Deferred tax assets, non-current
    2,726       2,362  
Other
    16,347       14,119  
 
           
Total other assets
  $ 42,287     $ 58,242  
 
           
On September 2, 2010, the Company converted its former 50% ownership interest in the Claire’s Nippon joint venture into the full and exclusive rights to operate Claire’s stores in all of Asia excluding Japan. The former joint venture partner acquired the right to operate Claire’s stores exclusively in Japan. The Company and the former joint venture partner also agreed to operate Claire’s Nippon under a new license agreement, to replace the existing merchandising agreement and to amend the buying agency agreement. In accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Subtopic 845-10, Nonmonetary Transactions, the Company measured the conversion based on the fair value of the asset surrendered. The Company recorded the exclusive territory rights as an indefinite-lived intangible asset in the amount of $0.6 million. See Note 4 — Goodwill and Other Intangibles.
The Company recorded its 50% ownership interest of Claire’s Nippon’s net income (loss) in the amounts of $(2.5) million, $(1.0) million and $0.3 million for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively, in “Other expense (income), net” in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
The initial direct costs of leases and prepaid lease payments are amortized on a straight-line basis over the respective lease terms, typically ranging from four to 15 years.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets — The Company reviews its long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the net book value of an asset may not be recoverable. Recoverability of long-lived assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the net book value of an asset or asset group to the future net undiscounted cash flows expected to be generated by the asset or asset group. If these comparisons indicate that the asset or asset group is not recoverable, an

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impairment loss is recognized for the excess of the carrying amount over the fair value of the asset or asset group. The fair value is estimated based on discounted future cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition of the asset or asset group using a rate that reflects the operating segment’s average cost of capital. Long-lived assets to be disposed of are reported at the lower of the carrying amount or fair value less cost to sell and are no longer depreciated. See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for results of impairment testing.
Accrued Expenses and Other Current Liabilities — Accrued expenses and other current liabilities as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 included the following components (in thousands):
                 
    January 29,     January 30,  
    2011     2010  
Compensation and benefits
  $ 46,121     $ 41,861  
Gift cards and certificates
    21,917       20,989  
Sales and local taxes
    14,321       8,036  
Store rent
    3,753       4,873  
Interest rate swaps
    1,165       8,752  
Other
    19,838       15,422  
 
           
Total accrued expenses and other current liabilities
  $ 107,115     $ 99,933  
 
           
Revenue Recognition — The Company recognizes sales as the customer takes possession of the merchandise. The estimated liability for sales returns is based on the historical return levels, which is included in “Accrued expenses and other current liabilities.” The Company excludes sales taxes collected from customers from “Net sales” in its Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
The Company accounts for the goods it sells to third parties under franchising and licensing agreements within “Net sales” and “Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). The franchise fees the Company charges under the franchising agreements are reported in “Other expense (income), net” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
Upon purchase of a gift card or gift certificate, a liability is established for the cash value. The liability is included in “Accrued expenses and other current liabilities.” Revenue from gift card and gift certificate sales is recognized at the time of redemption.
Cost of Sales — Included within the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) line item “Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses” is the cost of merchandise sold to our customers, inbound and outbound freight charges, purchasing costs, and inspection costs. Also included in this line item are the occupancy costs of the Company’s stores and the Company’s internal costs of facilitating the merchandise procurement process, both of which are treated as period costs. All merchandise purchased by the Company is shipped to one of its two distribution centers. As a result, the Company has no internal transfer costs. The cost of the Company’s distribution centers are included within the financial statement line item “Selling, general and administrative” expenses, and not in “Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses.” These distribution center costs were approximately $10.0 million, $8.5 million and $13.7 million, for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively.
Advertising Expenses — The Company expenses advertising costs as incurred and include in-store marketing, mall association dues and digital interactive media. Advertising expenses were $12.8 million, $11.3 million and $12.5 million for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively.
Rent Expense — The Company recognizes rent expense for operating leases with periods of free rent (including construction periods), step rent provisions, and escalation clauses on a straight-line basis over the applicable lease term. From time to time, the Company may receive capital improvement funding

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from its lessors. These amounts are recorded as a “Deferred rent expense” and amortized over the remaining lease term as a reduction of rent expense. The Company considers lease renewals in the determination of the applicable lease term when such renewals are reasonably assured. The Company takes this factor into account when calculating minimum aggregate rental commitments under non-cancelable operating leases set forth in Note 7 — Commitments and Contingencies.
Stock-Based Compensation — The Company issues stock options and other stock-based awards to executive management, key employees, and directors under its stock-based compensation plans.
Time-vested stock awards, including stock options and restricted stock, are accounted for at fair value at date of grant. The stock-based compensation expense is recorded on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period using the graded-vesting method for the entire award. Performance-based stock awards are accounted for at fair value at date of grant. The stock-based expense was based upon the number of shares expected to be issued when it became probable that performance targets required to receive the awards would be achieved. The stock-based compensation expense is recognized over the requisite service period.
Buy-one-get-one (the “BOGO”) options, which are immediately vested and exercisable upon issuance, are accounted for at fair value at date of grant. The compensation expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over a four year period due to the terms of the option requiring forfeiture in certain cases including the grantee’s voluntary resignation from the Company’s employ prior to May 2011.
Income Taxes — The Company accounts for income taxes under the provisions of ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes, which generally requires recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements or tax returns. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the difference between the financial statement carrying amounts and tax bases of assets and liabilities, using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax laws or rates is recognized in income in the period the new legislation is enacted. Valuation allowances are recognized to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount that is more likely than not to be realized. In assessing the likelihood of realization, the Company considers estimates of future taxable income.
The Company is subject to tax audits in numerous jurisdictions, including the United States, individual states and localities, and internationally. Tax audits by their very nature are often complex and can require several years to complete. In the normal course of business, the Company is subject to challenges from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and other tax authorities regarding amounts of taxes due. These challenges may alter the timing or amount of taxable income or deductions, or the allocation of income among tax jurisdictions. In July 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued guidance which clarifies the accounting for income taxes in the financial statements by prescribing a minimum probability recognition threshold and measurement process for recording uncertain tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. This guidance requires that the Company determine whether a tax position is more likely than not of being sustained upon audit based on the technical merits of the tax position. For tax positions that are at least more likely than not of being sustained upon audit, the Company recognizes the largest amount of the benefit that is more likely than not of being sustained. Additionally, the FASB provided guidance on de-recognition, classification, accounting and disclosure requirements. The Company adopted this guidance on February 4, 2007. The adoption of this guidance did not result in an adjustment to the Company’s unrecognized tax benefits. See Note 11 — Income Taxes for further information.
Foreign Currency Translation — The financial statements of the Company’s foreign operations are translated into U.S. Dollars. Assets and liabilities are translated at fiscal year-end exchange rates while income and expense accounts are translated at the average rates in effect during the year. Equity accounts are translated at historical exchange rates. Resulting translation adjustments are accumulated as a component of “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets. Foreign currency gains and losses resulting from transactions denominated

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in foreign currencies, including intercompany transactions, except for intercompany loans of a long-term investment nature, are included in results of operations. These foreign currency transaction losses (gains) were approximately $5.1 million, $(1.2) million and $0.6 million, for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively.
Comprehensive Income (Loss) — Comprehensive income (loss) represents a measure of all changes in shareholder’s equity (deficit) except for changes resulting from transactions with shareholders in their capacity as shareholders. The Company’s total comprehensive income (loss) consists of net income (loss), foreign currency translation adjustments, reclassification of foreign currency translation adjustments into net income (loss) and adjustments for derivative instruments accounted for as cash flow hedges. Amounts included in “Comprehensive income (loss)” are recorded net of income taxes.
Derivative Financial Instruments — The Company recognizes the fair value of derivative financial instruments on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Gain and losses related to a hedge that result from changes in the fair value of the hedge are either recognized in income to offset the gain or loss on the hedged item, or deferred and reported as a component of “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and subsequently recognized in income when the hedged item affects net income. The ineffective portion of the change in fair value of a hedge is recognized in income immediately.
Fair Value Measurements — ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement Disclosures defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. Disclosures of the fair value of certain financial instruments are required, whether or not recognized in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date and in the principal or most advantageous market for that asset or liability. There is a three-level valuation hierarchy which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. Observable inputs are inputs market participants would use in valuing the asset or liability and are developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the Company. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect the Company’s assumptions about the factors market participants would use in valuing the asset or liability.
Financial Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis
The following table summarizes the Company’s assets (liabilities) measured at fair value on a recurring basis segregated among the appropriate levels within the fair value hierarchy (in thousands):
                                 
            Fair Value Measurements at January 29, 2011 Using  
            Quoted Prices in              
            Active Markets for     Significant     Significant  
            Identical Assets     Other Observable     Unobservable  
            (Liabilities)     Inputs     Inputs  
    Carrying Value     (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)  
Interest rate swap
  $ (1,165 )   $     $ (1,165 )   $  
                                 
            Fair Value Measurements at January 30, 2010 Using  
            Quoted Prices in              
            Active Markets for     Significant     Significant  
            Identical Assets     Other Observable     Unobservable  
            (Liabilities)     Inputs     Inputs  
    Carrying Value     (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)  
Interest rate swaps
  $ (8,752 )   $     $ (8,752 )   $  
The fair value of the Company’s interest rate swaps represents the estimated amounts the Company would receive or pay to terminate those contracts at the reporting date based upon pricing or valuation models applied to current market information. The interest rate swaps are valued using the market standard methodology of netting the discounted future fixed cash payments and the discounted expected variable

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cash receipts. The variable cash receipts are based on an expectation of future interest rates derived from observed market interest rate curves. The Company included credit valuation adjustment risk in the calculation of fair value for the Swaps entered into in July 2007. The Swap entered into on July 28, 2010 is collateralized by cash and thus the Company does not make any credit-related valuation adjustments. The Company mitigates derivative credit risk by transacting with highly rated counterparties. The Company does not enter into derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. See Note 6 — Derivatives and Hedging Activities for further information.
Non-Financial Assets Measured at Fair Value on a Non-Recurring Basis
The Company’s non-financial assets, which include goodwill, intangible assets, and long-lived tangible assets, are not adjusted to fair value on a recurring basis. Fair value measures of non-financial assets are primarily used in the impairment analysis of these assets. Any resulting asset impairment would require that the non-financial asset be recorded at its fair value. The Company reviews goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment annually, during the fourth quarter of each fiscal year, or as circumstances indicate the possibility of impairment. The Company monitors the carrying value of definite-lived intangible assets and long-lived tangible assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate its carrying amount may not be recoverable.
The following tables summarize the Company’s assets measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis segregated among the appropriate levels within the fair value hierarchy (in thousands):
                                         
            Fair Value Measurements at January 29, 2011 Using        
            Quoted Prices in     Significant     Significant        
            Active Markets for     Other Observable     Unobservable     Impairment  
            Identical Assets     Inputs     Inputs     Charges  
    Carrying Value     (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3) (1)     Fiscal 2010  
Intangible assets
  $ 28,180     $     $     $ 28,180     $ 12,262  
 
(1)   See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for discussion of the valuation techniques used to measure fair value, the description of the inputs and information used to develop those inputs.
                                         
            Fair Value Measurements at January 30, 2010 Using        
            Quoted Prices in     Significant     Significant        
            Active Markets for     Other Observable     Unobservable     Impairment  
            Identical Assets     Inputs     Inputs     Charges  
    Carrying Value     (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3) (1)     Fiscal 2009  
Long-lived assets
  $ 17,000     $     $     $ 17,000     $ 3,142  
 
(1)   See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for discussion of the valuation techniques used to measure fair value, the description of the inputs and information used to develop those inputs.
During Fiscal 2010, franchise agreements with a carrying amount of $40.5 million were written down to their fair value of $28.2 million, resulting in an impairment charge of $12.3 million, which was included in “Impairment of assets” on the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
During Fiscal 2009, long-lived assets held and used with a carrying amount of $20.1 million were written down to their fair value of $17.0 million, resulting in an impairment charge of $3.1 million, which was included in “Impairment of assets” on the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
Financial Instruments Not Measured at Fair Value
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Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, accounts receivable, short-term debt and current liabilities approximate fair market value due to the relatively short maturity of these financial instruments.
The Company considers all investments with a maturity of three months or less when acquired to be cash equivalents. The Company’s cash equivalent instruments are valued using quoted market prices and are primarily U.S. Treasury securities. The estimated fair value of the Company’s long-term debt, including the current portion, and the revolving credit facility was approximately $2.36 billion at January 29, 2011, compared to a carrying value of $2.45 billion at that date. The estimated fair value of the Company’s debt was approximately $1.95 billion at January 30, 2010, compared to a carrying value of $2.52 billion at that date. For publicly-traded debt, the fair value (estimated market value) is based on market prices. For other debt, fair value is estimated based on quoted prices for similar instruments.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements — In January 2010, the FASB issued ASU 2010-06, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures — Improving Disclosures about Fair Value Measurements (amendments to ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures). ASU 2010-06 amends the disclosure requirements related to recurring and nonrecurring measurements. The guidance requires new disclosures on the transfer of assets and liabilities between Level 1 (quoted prices in active market for identical assets or liabilities) and Level 2 (significant other observable inputs) of the fair value measurement hierarchy, including the reasons and the timing of the transfers. Additionally, the guidance requires a roll forward of activities on purchases, sales, issuance, and settlements of the assets and liabilities measured using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3 fair value measurements). The Company adopted this guidance during its first fiscal quarter of Fiscal 2010 and it did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flow.
In February 2010, the FASB issued ASU 2010-09, Subsequent Events: Amendments to Certain Recognition and Disclosure Requirements (amendments to ASC Topic 855, Subsequent Events). ASU 2010-09 clarifies that subsequent events should be evaluated through the date the financial statements are issued. In addition, this update no longer requires a filer to disclose the date through which subsequent events have been evaluated. This guidance is effective for financial statements issued subsequent to February 24, 2010. The Company adopted this guidance on this date. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
There are no recently issued accounting standards that are expected to have a material effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
3. IMPAIRMENT CHARGES
The Company recorded non-cash impairment charges for the fiscal years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009 as follows (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Goodwill
  $     $     $ 297,000  
Tradenames
                199,000  
Franchise agreements
    12,262              
Investment in Claire’s Nippon
    6,030             25,500  
Long-lived assets
          3,142       2,490  
 
                 
Total impairment charges
  $ 18,292     $ 3,142     $ 523,990  
 
                 
The Company’s principal indefinite-lived intangible assets, other than goodwill, include tradenames and lease rights which are not subject to amortization. Goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment annually or more frequently when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value of a reporting unit more likely than not exceeds its fair value. The Company performs annual impairment tests during the fourth quarter of its fiscal year.
The Company’s principal definite-lived intangible assets include franchise agreements and lease rights which are subject to amortization and leases that existed at date of acquisition with terms that were favorable to market at that date. Definite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the asset may not be recoverable.

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The deterioration in the financial and housing markets and resulting effect on consumer confidence and discretionary spending that occurred during Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 had a significant impact on the retail industry. The Company tests assets for impairment annually as of the first day of the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. On the first day of the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, the Company considered the impact the economic conditions had on its business as an indicator under ASC Topic 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other, that a reduction in its goodwill fair value may have occurred. Accordingly, the Company performed its test for goodwill impairment following the two step process defined in ASC Topic 350. The first step in this process compares the fair value of the reporting unit to its carrying value. If the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the second step of the impairment test is performed to measure the impairment. In the second step, the fair value of the reporting unit is allocated to all of the assets and liabilities of the reporting unit to determine an implied goodwill value. This allocation is similar to a purchase price allocation performed in purchase accounting. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit goodwill exceeds the implied goodwill value, an impairment loss should be recognized in an amount equal to that excess. The Company has two reporting units as defined under ASC Topic 350. These reporting units are its North American segment and its European segment.
The fair value of each reporting unit determined under step 1 of the goodwill impairment test was based on a three-fourths weighting of a discounted cash flow analysis using forward-looking projections of estimated future operating results and a one-fourth weighting of a guideline company methodology under the market approach using revenue and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) multiples. Management’s determination of the fair value of each reporting unit incorporates multiple assumptions, including future business growth, earnings projections and the weighted average cost of capital used for purposes of discounting. Decreases in business growth, decreases in earnings projections and increases in the weighted average cost of capital will all cause the fair value of the reporting unit to decrease.
Based on this testing under step 1, no impairment charge was recognized during Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009. In Fiscal 2008, during testing under step 1, management determined the fair value of each reporting unit was less than its respective carrying value. Accordingly, management performed a step 2 of the test to determine the extent of the goodwill impairment and concluded the carrying value of the goodwill of the North America reporting unit was impaired by $180.0 million and the carrying value of the goodwill of the Europe reporting unit was impaired by $117.0 million. This resulted in the Company recording total non-cash impairment charges of $297.0 million in Fiscal 2008, which was included in “Impairment of assets” on the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
The Company also performed similar impairment testing on its other indefinite lived intangible assets during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008. The Company estimates the fair value of these intangible assets primarily utilizing a discounted cash flow model. The forecasted cash flows used in the model contain inherent uncertainties, including significant estimates and assumptions related to growth rates, margins and cost of capital. Changes in any of the assumptions utilized could affect the fair value of the intangible assets and result in an impairment triggering event. No impairment charge was recognized in Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009. In Fiscal 2008, the Company determined that the tradenames intangible assets in its North America reporting unit was impaired $134.0 million and that the tradenames intangible assets in its Europe reporting unit was impaired $65.0 million. This resulted in combined non-cash impairment charges related to intangible assets of $199.0 million in Fiscal 2008. These intangible asset impairment charges were recorded in “Impairment of assets” on the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
During the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2010, management performed a strategic review of its franchise business. The franchisees’ continued inability to meet store development expectations prompted the Company to reevaluate its franchise development strategy and to perform a valuation of the franchise agreements, which are definite-lived intangible assets. The Company utilized a discounted cash flow model and determined the franchise agreements intangible assets were impaired. This resulted in the Company recording a non-cash impairment charge of $12.3 million in Fiscal 2010, which was included in “Impairment of assets” on the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).

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In accordance with ASC Subtopic 323-10, Investments — Equity Method and Joint Ventures, the Company is required to perform an assessment of overall other than temporary decrease in investment value when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. The fair value of Claire’s Nippon is based on a discounted cash flow analysis of estimated future operating results. A decrease in business growth, decrease in earnings projections or increase in the discount factor will cause the fair value to decrease. The 2010 precipitous decline in sales, lower margin rates due to markdowns on slow-moving merchandise, and difficulty in cost reduction efforts, coupled with an inability to generate positive cash flow to pay royalties or dividends since inception, prompted the Company to perform a valuation of Claire’s Nippon. Because the expected future cash flows were less than the net carrying value of the investment in Claire’s Nippon, during Fiscal 2010, a non-cash impairment charge of $6.0 million was recognized for the excess of the net carrying value of the investment over the estimated fair value of $0.6 million. During Fiscal 2008, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $25.5 million for its former investment in Claire’s Nippon.
The Company accounts for long-lived tangible assets under ASC Topic 360, Property, Plant, and Equipment. Assessment for possible impairment is based on the Company’s ability to recover the carrying value of the long-lived asset from the expected undiscounted future operating cash flows or management’s determination that the long-lived asset has limited future use. If the expected undiscounted future cash flows are less than the carrying value of such assets, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between estimated fair value and carrying value. Fair value is measured based on a projected discounted cash flow model using a discount rate that is commensurate with the risk inherent in the business. During Fiscal 2010, no impairment charges were recognized with regards to long-lived assets. During Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, the Company recognized non-cash impairment charges related to long-lived assets of $3.1 million and $2.5 million, respectively, recorded in “Impairment of assets” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
4. GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS
In connection with the Transactions, the Company recorded goodwill and other intangible assets at date of acquisition. The Company’s principal indefinite-lived intangible assets include tradenames and lease rights which are not subject to amortization. The Company’s principal definite-lived intangible assets include franchise agreements and lease rights which are subject to amortization and leases that existed at date of acquisition with terms that were favorable to market at that date.

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The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill during Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009 by reporting unit are as follows (in thousands):
                         
    North America     Europe     Total  
Balance as of January 31, 2009:
                       
Goodwill
  $ 1,409,941     $ 431,405     $ 1,841,346  
Accumulated impairment losses
    (180,000 )     (117,000 )     (297,000 )
 
                 
 
  $ 1,229,941     $ 314,405     $ 1,544,346  
 
                 
 
                       
Reclassification adjustment in Fiscal 2009 (1)
    5,710             5,710  
Balance as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010:
                       
Goodwill
  $ 1,415,651     $ 431,405     $ 1,847,056  
Accumulated impairment losses
    (180,000 )     (117,000 )     (297,000 )
 
                 
 
  $ 1,235,651     $ 314,405     $ 1,550,056  
 
                 
 
(1)   Reclassification of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets.
The carrying amount and accumulated amortization of identifiable intangible assets at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 were (in thousands):
                                         
            January 29, 2011     January 30, 2010  
    Estimated     Gross             Gross        
    Life     Carrying     Accumulated     Carrying     Accumulated  
    in Years     Amount     Amortization     Amount     Amortization  
Intangible assets subject to amortization:
                                       
Lease rights
  Lease terms ranging from
4.5 to 16.5
  $ 24,757     $ (5,996 )   $ 13,681     $ (4,145 )
Franchise agreements
  1 to 9     40,738       (12,558 )     53,000       (9,291 )
Favorable lease obligations
  10     30,859       (20,000 )     30,501       (14,493 )
Other
  5     499       (193 )     372       (103 )
 
                               
Total intangible assets subject to amortization
            96,853       (38,747 )     97,554       (28,032 )
 
                                       
Indefinite-lived intangible assets:
                                       
Indefinite-lived tradenames
          $ 447,108     $     $ 447,112     $  
Indefinite-lived lease rights
            51,652             63,393        
Indefinite-lived territory rights
            600                    
 
                               
Total indefinite-lived intangible assets
            499,360             510,505        
 
                                       
Total intangible assets
          $ 596,213     $ (38,747 )   $ 608,059     $ (28,032 )
 
                               
For Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, amortization expense of $10.9 million, $13.6 million and $14.9 million, respectively, was recognized by the Company. In conjunction with the valuation of the franchise agreements, the Company considered many factors including the appropriateness of their useful lives. The Company determined an appropriate remaining useful life for each franchise agreement. Collectively, the remaining useful lives of the franchise agreements fall within the range of approximately one to nine years. As discussed in Note 3 — Impairment Charges, the Company recognized impairment charges related to intangible assets of $12.3 million in Fiscal 2010 and $199.0 million in Fiscal 2008. There were no such impairment charges for intangible assets in Fiscal 2009.

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            Weighted Average Amortization  
            Period for Amortizable  
Intangible Asset Acquisitions (in 000’s)   Amortizable     Intangible Asset Acquisitions  
Lease rights:
               
Fiscal 2010
  $ 978       9.9  
Fiscal 2009
    435       9.9  
Fiscal 2008
    1,794       8.7  
Other:
               
Fiscal 2010
     126       5.0  
Fiscal 2009
     111       5.0  
Fiscal 2008
     176       5.0  
The weighted average amortization period of amortizable intangible assets acquired in Fiscal 2010 was 9.4 years.
The remaining net amortization as of January 29, 2011 of identifiable intangible assets with finite lives by year is as follows (in thousands):
         
Fiscal Year   Amortization  
2011
  $ 10,609  
2012
    8,057  
2013
    7,202  
2014
    6,406  
2015
    5,211  
2016 and thereafter
    20,621  
 
     
Total
  $ 58,106  
 
     
5. DEBT
Debt as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 included the following components (in thousands):
                 
    January 29, 2011     January 30, 2010  
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt:
               
Note payable to bank due 2012
  $ 57,703     $  
Current portion of long-term debt
    18,451       14,500  
 
           
Total short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt
  $ 76,154     $ 14,500  
 
           
 
               
Long-term debt:
               
Senior secured term loan facility due 2014
  $ 1,399,250     $ 1,413,750  
Senior notes due 2015
    236,000       250,000  
Senior toggle notes due 2015
    360,431       381,891  
Senior subordinated notes due 2017
    259,612       282,237  
 
           
 
    2,255,293       2,327,878  
Less: current portion of long-term debt
    (18,451 )     (14,500 )
 
           
Long-term debt
  $ 2,236,842     $ 2,313,378  
 
           
 
               
Senior secured revolving credit facility due 2013
  $ 194,000     $ 194,000  
 
           
 
               
Obligations under capital leases
  $ 17,290     $  
 
           

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As of January 29, 2011, the Company’s total debt maturities are as follows for each of the following fiscal years (in thousands):
                 
    Capital Leases     Debt  
2011
  $ 2,165     $ 76,154  
2012
    2,209       14,500  
2013
    2,253       208,500  
2014
    2,298       1,351,799  
2015
    2,344       596,431  
Thereafter
    37,407       259,612  
 
           
Total
    48,676     $ 2,506,996  
 
             
Imputed interest
    (31,386 )        
 
             
Present value of minimum capital lease principal payments
    17,290          
Current portion
             
 
             
Long-term capital lease obligation
  $ 17,290          
 
             
The Company’s interest expense, net for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 included the following components (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Term loan facility
  $ 53,255     $ 66,348     $ 88,216  
Revolving credit facility
    6,110       5,708       4,835  
Senior notes
    22,605       23,154       23,074  
Senior toggle notes
    36,881       39,021       35,671  
Senior subordinated notes
    27,620       32,913       35,090  
Note payable to bank
    85              
Capital lease obligation
    1,232              
Amortization of deferred debt issue costs
    10,005       10,398       10,567  
Other interest expense
    57       82       (17 )
Interest income
    (144 )     (206 )     (1,489 )
 
                 
Interest expense, net
  $ 157,706     $ 177,418     $ 195,947  
 
                 
Accrued interest payable as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 consisted of the following components (in thousands):
                 
    January 29, 2011     January 30, 2010  
Term loan facility
  $ 8,239     $ 5,474  
Revolving credit facility
    231       328  
Senior notes
    3,658       3,875  
Senior subordinated notes
    4,568       4,966  
Note payable to bank
    87        
Other
          1  
 
           
Total accrued interest payable
  $ 16,783     $ 14,644  
 
           
SHORT-TERM DEBT
On January 24, 2011, the Company entered into a Euro denominated loan (the “Euro loan”) in the amount of 42.4 million that is due on January 24, 2012. The Euro loan bears interest at the three month Euro Interbank Offered Rate (“EURIBOR”) rate plus 8.00% per year and is payable quarterly. As of January 29, 2011, there was 42.4 million, or the equivalent of $57.7 million, outstanding under the Euro loan, and the weighted-average interest rate for borrowings outstanding was 9.02%. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the borrowings for general corporate purposes.
The obligation under the Euro loan is secured by a cash deposit in the amount of 15.0 million ($20.4 million) at January 29, 2011, and a perfected first lien security interest in all of the issued and outstanding equity interest of one the Company’s international subsidiaries, Claire’s Holdings S.a.r.l. The cash deposit is classified as “Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash” in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheet. See Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for further details.

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LONG-TERM DEBT
Credit Facility
The Credit Facility is with a syndication of lenders and consists of a $1.45 billion senior secured term loan facility and a $200.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility. The Credit Facility contains customary provisions relating to mandatory prepayments, voluntary prepayments, affirmative covenants, negative covenants, and events of default. At the consummation of the Merger, the Company drew the full amount of the senior secured term loan facility and was issued a $4.5 million letter of credit. The letter of credit was subsequently increased to $6.0 million.
The Company drew down the remaining $194.0 million available under the revolving credit facility (the “Revolver”) during Fiscal 2008. The Company was not required to repay any of the Revolver until the due date of May 29, 2013, therefore, the Revolver was classified as a long-term liability in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet as of January 29, 2011. The interest rate on the Revolver on January 29, 2011 was 2.5%. Subsequent to January 29, 2011, we paid down the entire $194.0 million of the Revolver and $241.0 million of indebtedness under the senior secured term loan from proceeds from our Senior Secured Second Lien Notes offering. As a result of the prepayment under the senior secured term loan facility, the Company is no longer required to make any quarterly payments and has a final payment of $1,154 million due on May 29, 2014. See Note 16 — Subsequent Events to our Consolidated Financial Statements.
All obligations under the Credit Facility are unconditionally guaranteed by (i) Claire’s Inc., our parent, prior to an initial public offering of Claire’s Stores, Inc. stock, and (ii) certain of our existing and future wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions.
All obligations under the Credit Facility, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured, subject to certain exceptions, by (i) all of Claire’s Stores, Inc. capital stock, prior to an initial public offering of Claire’s Stores, Inc. stock, and (ii) substantially all of our material owned assets and the material owned assets of subsidiary guarantors, including:
    a perfected pledge of all the equity interests held by us or any subsidiary guarantor, which pledge, in the case of any foreign subsidiary, is limited to 100% of the non-voting equity interests and 65% of the voting equity interests of such foreign subsidiary held directly by us and the subsidiary guarantors; and
 
    perfected security interests in, and mortgages on, substantially all material tangible and intangible assets owned by us and each subsidiary guarantor, subject to certain exceptions.
Borrowings under the Credit Facility bear interest at a rate equal to, at the Company’s option, either (a) an alternate base rate determined by reference to the higher of (1) prime rate in effect on such day and (2) the federal funds effective rate plus 0.50% or (b) LIBOR rate, with respect to any Eurodollar borrowing, determined by reference to the costs of funds for U.S. dollar deposits in the London Interbank Market for the interest period relevant to such borrowing, adjusted for certain additional costs, in each case plus an applicable margin. The initial applicable margin for borrowings under the Credit Facility was 1.75% with respect to alternate base rate borrowings and 2.75% with respect to LIBOR borrowings. The applicable margin for borrowings under the Credit Facility will be subject to one or more stepdowns, in each case based upon the ratio of our net senior secured debt to EBITDA for the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters most recently ended as of such date (the “Total Net Secured Leverage Ratio”). In addition to paying interest on outstanding principal under the Credit Facility, the Company is required to pay a commitment fee, initially 0.50% per annum, in respect of the revolving credit commitments thereunder. The commitment fee will be subject to one stepdown, based upon our Total Net Secured Leverage Ratio. The Company must also pay customary letter of credit fees and agency fees. At January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the weighted average interest rate for borrowings outstanding under the Credit Facility was 2.98% and 2.94%, respectively.

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The Credit Facility does not contain any covenants that require the Company to maintain any particular financial ratio or other measure of financial performance; however, it does contain various covenants that limit our ability to engage in specified types of transactions. These covenants limit our, our parent’s and our restricted subsidiaries’ ability to, among other things:
    incur additional indebtedness or issue certain preferred shares;
 
    pay dividends on, repurchase or make distributions in respect of our capital stock or make other restricted payments;
 
    make certain investments;
 
    sell certain assets;
 
    create liens;
 
    consolidate, merge, sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our assets; and
 
    enter into certain transactions with our affiliates.
A breach of any of these covenants could result in an event of default. Upon the occurrence of an event of default, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility to be immediately due and payable and terminate all commitments to extend further credit. Such actions by those lenders could cause cross defaults under our other indebtedness. If we were unable to repay those amounts, the lenders under the Credit Facility could proceed against the collateral granted to them to secure that indebtedness.
Senior Notes
In connection with the Transactions, the Company issued $600 million of senior notes in two series:
  1)   $250.0 million of 9.25% Senior Notes due 2015 (the “Senior Cash Pay Notes”), and
 
  2)   $350.0 million of 9.625%/10.375% Senior Toggle Notes due 2015 (the “Senior Toggle Notes” and together with the Senior Cash Pay Notes, the “Senior Notes”)
The Senior Cash Pay Notes are unsecured obligations of the Company and mature on June 1, 2015. Interest is payable semi-annually at 9.25% per annum, which commenced on December 1, 2007.
The Senior Toggle Notes are unsecured obligations of the Company and mature on June 1, 2015. Interest is payable semi-annually commencing on December 1, 2007. For any interest period through June 1, 2011, the Company may, at its option, elect to pay interest on the Senior Toggle Notes (i) entirely in cash (“Cash Interest”), (ii) entirely by increasing the principal amount of the outstanding Senior Toggle Notes or by issuing PIK Notes (“PIK Interest”) or (iii) 50% as Cash Interest and 50% of PIK Interest.
Cash Interest on the Senior Toggle Notes accrues at 9.625% per annum and is payable in cash. PIK Interest on the Senior Toggle Notes accrues at the Cash Interest Rate per annum plus 0.75% and increases the amount outstanding of the Senior Toggle Notes.
The Company elected to pay interest in kind on its Senior Toggle Notes for the interest periods beginning June 2, 2008 through June 1, 2011. This election, net of reductions for note repurchases, increased the principal amount on the Senior Toggle Notes by $98.1 million and $62.4 million as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively. The accrued payment in kind interest is included in “Long-term debt” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Each of the Company’s wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee indebtedness under the Credit Facility jointly and severally irrevocably and unconditionally guarantee on a senior basis the performance and punctual payment when due, whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise, of all obligations of the Company under the Senior Notes, expenses, indemnification or otherwise.

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On or after June 1, 2011, the Company may redeem the Senior Notes at its option, subject to certain notice provisions at the following redemption prices (expressed as percentage of principal amount), plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date (subject to the right of holders of record on the relevant record date to receive interest due on the relevant interest payment date), if redeemed during the twelve-month period commencing on June 1 of the years set forth below:
                 
Period   Senior Cash Pay Notes   Senior Toggle Notes
2011
    104.625 %     104.813 %
2012
    102.313 %     102.406 %
2013 and thereafter
    100.000 %     100.000 %
In addition, prior to June 1, 2011, the Company may redeem the Senior Notes, subject to certain notice periods, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes redeemed plus an applicable premium and accrued an unpaid interest, if any.
Upon the occurrence of a change in control, each holder of the Senior Notes has the right to require the Company to repurchase all or any part of such holder’s Senior Notes, at a price in cash equal to 101% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes redeemed.
Senior Subordinated Notes
In connection with the Transactions, the Company issued $335.0 million of Senior Subordinated Notes. The Senior Subordinated Notes are senior subordinated obligations of the Company and will mature on June 1, 2017. Interest is payable semi-annually at 10.50% per annum, which commenced on December 1, 2007.
Each of the Company’s wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee indebtedness under the Credit Facility jointly and severally irrevocably and unconditionally guarantee on a senior subordinated basis the performance and punctual payment when due, whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise, of all obligations of the Company under the Senior Subordinated Notes, expenses, indemnification or otherwise.
On or after June 1, 2012, the Company may redeem the Senior Subordinated Notes at its option, subject to certain notice provisions, at the following redemption prices (expressed as a percentage of principal amount), plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date (subject to the right of holders of record on the relevant record date to receive interest due on the relevant interest payment date), if redeemed during the twelve-month period commencing on June 1 of the years set forth below:
         
Period   Redemption Price
2012
    105.25 %
2013
    103.50 %
2014
    101.75 %
2015 and thereafter
    100.00 %
In addition, prior to June 1, 2012, the Company may redeem the Senior Subordinated Notes, subject to certain notice periods, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes redeemed plus an applicable premium and accrued an unpaid interest, if any.
Upon the occurrence of a change in control, each holder of the Senior Subordinated Notes has the right to require the Company to repurchase all or any part of such holder’s Senior Subordinated Notes, at a price in cash equal to 101% of the principal amount of the Senior Subordinated Notes redeemed.

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The Senior Notes, Senior Toggle Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes (collectively, the “Notes”) contain certain covenants that, among other things, and subject to certain exceptions and other basket amounts, restrict the Company’s ability and the ability of its subsidiaries to:
    incur additional indebtedness;
 
    pay dividends or distributions on capital stock, repurchase or retire capital stock and redeem, repurchase or defease any subordinated indebtedness;
 
    make certain investments;
 
    create or incur certain liens;
 
    create restrictions on the payment of dividends or other distributions to the Company from its subsidiaries;
 
    transfer or sell assets;
 
    engage in certain transactions with its affiliates; and
 
    merge or consolidate with other companies or transfer all or substantially all of its assets.
Certain of these covenants, such as limitations on the Company’s ability to make certain payments such as dividends, or incur debt, will no longer apply if the Notes have investment grade ratings from both of the rating agencies of Moody’s Investor Services, Inc. (“Moody’s”) and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Group (“S&P”) and no event of default has occurred. Since the date of issuance of the Notes in May 2007, the Notes have not received investment grade ratings from Moody’s or S&P. Accordingly, all of the covenants under the Notes currently apply to the Company. None of these covenants, however, require the Company to maintain any particular financial ratio or other measure of financial performance. As of January 29, 2011, the Company is in compliance with the covenants under its Notes.
European Credit Facilities
The Company’s non-U.S. subsidiaries have bank credit facilities totaling approximately $2.6 million. The facilities are used for working capital requirements, letters of credit and various guarantees. These credit facilities have been arranged in accordance with customary lending practices in the respective country of operation. As of January 29, 2011, the entire amount of $2.6 million was available for borrowing by the Company, subject to a reduction of $2.3 million for outstanding bank guarantees.
Note Repurchases
The following is a summary of the Company’s note repurchase activity during Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009 (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010  
    Principal     Repurchase     Recognized  
Notes Repurchased   Amount     Price     Gain (1)  
Senior Notes
  $ 14,000     $ 12,268     $ 1,467  
Senior Toggle Notes
    57,173       49,798       7,612  
Senior Subordinated Notes
    22,625       17,799       4,309  
 
                 
 
  $ 93,798     $ 79,865     $ 13,388  
 
                 
 
(1)   Net of deferred issuance cost write-offs of $265 for the Senior Notes, $922 for the Senior Toggle Notes and $517 for the Senior Subordinated Notes, and accrued interest write-off of $1,159 for the Senior Toggle Notes

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    Fiscal 2009  
    Principal     Repurchase     Recognized  
Notes Repurchased   Amount     Price     Gain (1)  
Senior Toggle Notes
  $ 30,500     $ 19,744     $ 11,297  
Senior Subordinated Notes
    52,763       26,347       25,115  
 
                 
 
  $ 83,263     $ 46,091     $ 36,412  
 
                 
 
(1)   Net of deferred issuance cost write-offs of $603 and $1,301 for the Senior Toggle Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes, respectively, and accrued interest write-off of $1,144 for the Senior Toggle Notes.
6. DERIVATIVES AND HEDGING ACTIVITIES
The Company formally designates and documents the financial instrument as a hedge of a specific underlying exposure, as well as the risk management objectives and strategies for undertaking the hedge transaction. The Company formally assesses both at inception and at least quarterly thereafter, whether the financial instruments that are used in hedging transactions are effective at offsetting changes in cash flows of the related underlying exposure. The Company measures the effectiveness of its cash flow hedges by evaluating the following criteria: (i) the re-pricing dates of the derivative instrument match those of the debt obligation; (ii) the interest rates of the derivative instrument and the debt obligation are based on the same interest rate index and tenor; (iii) the variable interest rate of the derivative instrument does not contain a floor or cap, or other provisions that cause a basis difference with the debt obligation; and (iv) the likelihood of the counterparty not defaulting is assessed as being probable.
The Company primarily employs derivative financial instruments to manage its exposure to interest rate changes and to limit the volatility and impact of interest rate changes on earnings and cash flows. The Company does not enter into derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. The Company faces credit risk if the counterparties to the financial instruments are unable to perform their obligations. However, the Company seeks to mitigate derivative credit risk by entering into transactions with counterparties that are significant and creditworthy financial institutions. The Company monitors the credit ratings of the counterparties.
For derivatives that qualify as cash flow hedges, the Company reports the effective portion of the change in fair value as a component of “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and reclassifies it into earnings in the same periods in which the hedged item affects earnings, and within the same income statement line item as the impact of the hedged item. The ineffective portion of the change in fair value of a cash flow hedge is recognized in income immediately. No ineffective portion was recorded to earnings during Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively, and all components of the derivative gain or loss were included in the assessment of hedge effectiveness. For derivative financial instruments which do not qualify as cash flow hedges, any changes in fair value would be recorded in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
The Company may at its discretion change the designation of any such hedging instrument agreements prior to maturity. At that time, any gains or losses previously reported in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) on termination would amortize into interest expense or interest income to correspond to the recognition of interest expense or interest income on the hedged debt. If such debt instrument was also terminated, the gain or loss associated with the terminated derivative included in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) at the time of termination of the debt would be recognized in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) at that time.
On July 28, 2010, the Company entered into an interest rate swap agreement (the “Swap”) to manage exposure to fluctuations in interest rate changes related to the senior secured term loan facility. The Swap has been designated and accounted for as a cash flow hedge and expires on July 30, 2013. The Swap represents a contract to exchange floating rate for fixed interest payments periodically over the life of the Swap without exchange of the underlying notional amount. The Swap covers an aggregate notional

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amount of $200.0 million of the outstanding principal balance of the senior secured term loan facility and has a fixed rate of 1.2235%. The interest rate Swap results in the Company paying a fixed rate plus the applicable margin then in effect for LIBOR borrowings resulting in an interest rate of 3.97% at January 29, 2011, on a notional amount of $200.0 million of the senior secured term loan.
The Company entered into three interest rate swap agreements in July 2007 (the “Swaps”) to manage exposure to interest rate changes related to the senior secured term loan facility. The Swaps were designated and accounted for as cash flow hedges. Those Swaps expired on June 30, 2010. The Swaps covered an aggregate notional amount of $435.0 million of the outstanding principal balance of the senior secured term loan facility. The fixed rates of the Swaps ranged from 4.96% to 5.25%. The Swaps were designated and accounted for as cash flow hedges.
The Company does not make any credit-related valuation adjustments to the Swap entered into on July 28, 2010 because it is collateralized by cash, the balance of which is $3.5 million at January 29, 2011. The collateral requirement increases for declines in the three year LIBOR rate below 1.2235%. As of January 29, 2011, the three year LIBOR rate was 0.92% and each further 10 basis point decline in rate would result in an additional collateral requirement of $0.6 million. Any subsequent increases in the three year LIBOR rate will result in a release of the collateral. The Company included credit-related valuation adjustments in the calculation of fair value for the Swaps.
At January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the estimated fair values of the Company’s derivative financial instruments designated as interest rate cash flow hedges were liabilities of approximately $1.2 million and $8.8 million, respectively, which were recorded in “Accrued expenses and other current liabilities” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. These amounts were also recorded, net of tax of approximately $5.7 million and $5.7 million, respectively, as a component in “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. See Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for fair value measurement of interest rate swaps.
The following tables provide a summary of the financial statement effect of the Company’s derivative financial instruments designated as interest rate cash flow hedges during Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 (in thousands):
                         
    Amount of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in OCI on  
    Derivative  
Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging Relationships   (Effective Portion)  
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Interest Rate Swaps
  $ 7,587     $ 9,437     $ 1,375  
                         
    Amount of Gain or (Loss) Reclassified from  
Location of Gain or (Loss) Reclassified from   Accumulated OCI into Income  
Accumulated OCI into Income (Effective Portion)   (Effective Portion)(1)  
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Interest expense, net
  $ (9,630 )   $ (19,011 )   $ (8,440 )
 
(1)   Represents reclassification of amounts from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) into earnings as interest expense is recognized on the senior secured term loan facility. No ineffectiveness is associated with these interest rate cash flow hedges.
Over the next twelve months, the Company expects to reclassify net losses on the Company’s interest rate swaps recognized within “Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax” of $1.9 million into interest expense.

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7. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Leases — The Company leases its retail stores, certain offices and warehouse space, and certain equipment under operating leases which expire at various dates through the year 2031 with options to renew certain of such leases for additional periods. Most lease agreements contain construction allowances and/or rent holidays. For purposes of recognizing landlord incentives and minimum rental expense on a straight-line basis over the terms of the leases, the Company uses the date of initial possession to begin amortization, which is generally when the Company enters the space and begins to make improvements in preparation of intended use. The lease agreements covering retail store space provide for minimum rentals and/or rentals based on a percentage of net sales. Rental expense for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 is set forth below (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Minimum store rentals
  $ 199,304     $ 199,908     $ 205,807  
Store rentals based on net sales
    2,990       1,454       2,398  
Other rental expense
    11,751       13,181       16,745  
 
                 
Total rental expense
  $ 214,045     $ 214,543     $ 224,950  
 
                 
Minimum aggregate rental commitments as of January 29, 2011 under non-cancelable operating leases are summarized by fiscal year ending as follows (in thousands):
         
2011
  $ 202,197  
2012
    180,734  
2013
    157,969  
2014
    135,364  
2015
    111,560  
Thereafter
    266,064  
 
     
Total
  $ 1,053,888  
 
     
Certain leases provide for payment of real estate taxes, insurance, and other operating expenses of the properties. In other leases, some of these costs are included in the basic contractual rental payments. In addition, certain leases contain escalation clauses resulting from the pass-through of increases in operating costs, property taxes, and the effect on costs from changes in price indexes.
ASC Topic 410, Asset Retirement and Environmental Obligations, requires the fair value of a liability for an asset retirement obligation be recognized in the period in which it is incurred if a reasonable estimate of fair value can be made and that the associated asset retirement costs be capitalized as part of the carrying amount of the long-lived asset. The retirement obligation relates to costs associated with the retirement of leasehold improvements under store and warehouse leases, within the European segment. The Company had retirement obligations of $3.6 million and $3.2 million as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively. These retirement obligations are classified as “Deferred rent expense” in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Legal — The Company is, from time to time, involved in litigation incidental to the conduct of its business, including personal injury litigation, litigation regarding merchandise sold, including product and safety concerns regarding heavy metal and chemical content in merchandise, litigation with respect to various employment matters, including litigation with present and former employees, wage and hour litigation and litigation to protect intellectual property rights.
The Company believes that current pending litigation will not have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
Employment Agreements — The Company has employment agreements with several members of senior management. The agreements, with terms ranging from approximately two to three years, provide for minimum salary levels, performance bonuses, and severance payments.

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Other — Approximately 69% of the merchandise purchased by the Company in Fiscal 2010 was manufactured in China. Any event causing a sudden disruption of imports from China, or other foreign countries, could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
8. ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
The following summary sets forth the components of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 (in thousands, net of tax):
                         
    Foreign              
    Currency     Derivative        
    Translation     Instruments     Total  
Balance as of February 2, 2008
  $ 17,191     $ (13,833 )   $ 3,358  
Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax of $0
    (27,052 )           (27,052 )
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax of $1,531
          1,375       1,375  
 
                 
Balance as of January 31, 2009
    (9,861 )     (12,458 )     (22,319 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax of $0
    15,507             15,507  
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax of $1,546
          9,437       9,437  
 
                 
Balance as of January 30, 2010
    5,646       (3,021 )     2,625  
Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax of $0
    776             776  
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax of $0
          7,587       7,587  
Reclassification of foreign currency translation adjustments
into net income, net of tax of $0
    (9,572 )           (9,572 )
 
                 
Balance as of January 29, 2011
  $ (3,150 )   $ 4,566     $ 1,416  
 
                 
9. STOCK OPTIONS AND STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
On June 29, 2007, the Board of Directors and stockholders of Claire’s Inc. adopted the Claire’s Inc. Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan provides employees and directors of Claire’s Inc., the Company and its subsidiaries, who are in a position to contribute to the long-term success of these entities, with shares or options to acquire shares in Claire’s Inc. to aid in attracting, retaining, and motivating individuals of outstanding ability.
The Plan was amended on July 23, 2007 and September 9, 2008 to increase the number of shares available for issuance to 6,860,000 and 8,200,000, respectively, and to provide for equity investments by employees and directors of the Company through the voluntary stock purchase program. As of January 29, 2011, 1,339,986 shares were available for future grants. The Board of Directors of Claire’s Inc. awarded certain employees and directors the opportunity to purchase common stock at a price of $10.00 per share, the estimated fair market value of the Company’s common stock. With each share purchased, the employee or director was granted a buy-one-get-one option, (the “BOGO Option”) to purchase an additional share at an exercise price of $10.00 per share.
The total stock-based compensation expense recognized by the Company in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 was $5.0 million, $6.7 million and $8.2 million, respectively. Related income tax benefits of approximately $1.7 million, $2.3 million and $2.8 million were recognized in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively. Stock-based compensation is recorded in “Selling, general and administrative” expenses in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss).
During the period from May 29, 2007 through February 2, 2008, the Board of Directors of Claire’s Inc. approved the grant of a total of approximately 3,265,000 stock options under the Plan to certain employees of the Company. In addition, the Board approved approximately 1,850,000 stock options to certain senior executives. The stock options consist of a “Time Option” and “Performance Option” as those terms are defined in the standard form of the option grant letter. The stock options have an exercise

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price of $10.00 per share, the estimated fair market value of the underlying shares at the date of grant, and expire seven years after the date of grant. Time Options vest and become exercisable based on continued service to the Company. The Time Options vest in four equal annual installments, commencing one year from date of grant. Performance Options vest based on growth in the stock price between May 29, 2007 and specific quarterly measurement dates commencing with the last day of the eighth full fiscal quarter after May 29, 2007. Upon achievement of the performance target, the Performance Options vest and become exercisable in two equal annual installments on the first two anniversaries of the measurement date. During Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, the Board of Directors approved the grant of approximately 995,000, 828,000 and 2,170,000, respectively, of similar stock options. The Company recognized stock-based compensation expense of $4.2 million, $5.5 million and $6.9 million in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively, related to Time and Performance Options.
During the period from May 29, 2007 through February 2, 2008, the Board of Directors also granted approximately 970,000 BOGO options which are immediately exercisable and expire in seven years. The period from May 29, 2007 through February 2, 2008 included options to purchase an aggregate of 312,500 BOGO options granted outside of the Plan to certain senior executive officers and directors. During Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2008, the Board of Directors granted 6,000 and 46,000, respectively, BOGO options with similar terms. No BOGO options were granted during Fiscal 2009. The Company recognized stock-based compensation expense of $702,000, $1,039,000 and $810,000 in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively, related to these options.
The following is a summary of activity in the Company’s stock option plan from January 30, 2010 through January 29, 2011:
                         
                    Weighted
            Weighted     Average
            Average     Remaining
    Number of     Exercise     Contractual
    Shares     Price     Term (Years)
Outstanding as of January 30, 2010
    6,279,360     $ 10.00          
Options granted
    1,000,750     $ 10.00          
Options exercised
                   
Options forfeited or expired
    (420,096 )   $ 10.00          
 
                     
Outstanding as of January 29, 2011
    6,860,014     $ 10.00       4.4  
 
                     
 
Options vested and expected to vest at January 29, 2011
    6,703,258     $ 10.00       4.3  
 
                     
 
Exercisable at end of period
    2,195,119     $ 10.00       3.8  
 
                     
The weighted average grant date fair value of options granted in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 was $3.35, $2.98 and $3.87, respectively.
As of January 29, 2011, there was $4.3 million of unrecognized stock-based compensation expense, net of estimated forfeitures, related to non-vested stock options that is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of approximately 2.3 years.

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For options granted during Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, the fair value of each option was estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes and Monte Carlo option pricing models with the following assumptions:
                         
Time Options and BOGO Options (Black-Scholes)   Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Expected dividend yield
    0.00 %     0.00 %     0.00 %
Weighted average expected stock price volatility
    59.25 %     55.53 %     45.26 %
Weighted average risk-free interest rate
    2.04 %     2.15 %     3.18 %
Range of risk-free interest rate
    1.05% - 2.54 %     1.38% - 2.98 %     2.50% - 3.44 %
Weighted average expected term (years)
    4.74       4.39       4.75  
                         
Performance Options (Monte Carlo)   Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Expected dividend yield
    0.00 %     0.00 %     0.00 %
Weighted average expected stock price volatility
    58.66 %     53.50 %     48.00 %
Weighted average risk-free interest rate
    2.45 %     2.05 %     3.21 %
Range of risk-free interest rate
    1.42% - 2.93 %     0.18% - 4.25 %     1.56% - 4.38 %
Weighted average expected term (years)
    N/A       N/A       N/A  
The expected term of Time Options and BOGO Options has been based on the “simplified” method in accordance with SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 107, Share-Based Payment, as amended by SEC SAB No. 110, because the Company has no readily available relevant historical data on option-hold-periods by employees. The Company’s historical option exercise data does not provide a reasonable basis upon which to estimate an expected term of an option due to new ownership of the Company establishing new equity-based compensation arrangements and different classifications of employees receiving grants. The risk-free interest rate for periods within the contractual life of the options is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of the grant. Expected stock price volatility was based on peer company data as of the date of each option grant.
Claire’s Inc. will issue new shares to satisfy exercise of stock options. During Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, no options were exercised and no cash was used to settle equity instruments granted under share-based payment arrangements.
Time-Vested Restricted Stock Awards
On May 29, 2007, Claire’s Inc. issued 125,000 shares of restricted common stock to certain members of executive management of the Company. The shares are subject to certain transfer restrictions and the shares are forfeited if a recipient leaves the Company. The shares vest at the rate of 25% on each of May 29, 2008, May 29, 2009, May 29, 2010, and May 29, 2011. Vesting is based on continued service to the Company. The weighted average grant date fair value was $10.00 per share and the shares had an aggregate fair value at date of grant of $1.25 million. Stock-based compensation expense relating to these shares recorded in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 approximated $67,000, $141,000 and $443,000, respectively. At January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, unearned stock-based compensation related to these shares approximated $15,000 and $83,000, respectively. The remaining unearned stock-based compensation of $15,000 as of January 29, 2011 is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 0.3 years.

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A summary of the activity from January 30, 2010 through January 29, 2011 in the Company’s restricted common stock is presented below:
                 
            Weighted Average
    Shares     Grant Date Fair Value
Nonvested as of January 30, 2010
    50,000     $ 10.00  
Granted
           
Vested
    (25,000 )   $ 10.00  
Forfeited
           
 
             
Nonvested as of January 29, 2011
    25,000     $ 10.00  
 
             
10. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
The Company maintains a defined contribution plan under 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code that covers substantially all United States employees meeting certain service requirements. The Company, at its sole discretion, may make matching cash contributions up to specified percentages of employees’ contributions. In March 2009, the Company changed to an annual election of discretionary matching contributions. The Company elected not to make any matching contributions during Fiscal 2010. During Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, the cost of Company matching contributions was $152,000 and $777,000, respectively.
11. INCOME TAXES
The components of income (loss) before income taxes for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 were as follows (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
U.S.
  $ (34,663 )   $ (76,154 )   $ (501,248 )
Foreign
    48,777       77,262       (140,835 )
 
                 
Total income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 14,114     $ 1,108     $ (642,083 )
 
                 
The components of income tax expense (benefit) for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 were as follows (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Federal:
                       
Current
  $ 22     $ 378     $ 509  
Deferred
    1,098       3,541       12,440  
 
                 
 
    1,120       3,919       12,949  
 
                 
 
                       
State
                       
Current
    1,622       437       225  
Deferred
    (779 )     63       (11,413 )
 
                 
 
    843       500       (11,188 )
 
                 
 
                       
Foreign
                       
Current
    8,737       5,552       5,532  
Deferred
    (909 )     1,539       (5,784 )
 
                 
 
    7,828       7,091       (252 )
 
                 
 
                       
Total income tax expense
  $ 9,791     $ 11,510     $ 1,509  
 
                 

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The provision for income taxes for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 differs from an amount computed at the statutory federal rate as follows:
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
U.S. income taxes at statutory federal rate
    35.0 %     35.0 %     35.0 %
Valuation allowance
    90.1       1,577.1       (15.6 )
Nondeductible impairment charges
                (17.6 )
Foreign rate differential
    (82.5 )     (1,927.8 )     (0.4 )
State and local income taxes, net of federal tax benefit
    (2.5 )     (92.1 )     1.1  
Repatriation of foreign earnings
    3.0       1,674.7       (2.1 )
Change in accrual for estimated tax contingencies
    7.9       199.6       (0.4 )
Other, net
    18.4       (427.7 )     (0.2 )
 
                 
 
    69.4 %     1,038.8 %     (0.2 )%
 
                 
In Fiscal 2010, the Company’s income tax expense was $9.8 million and its effective tax rate was 69.4%, including tax expense of $12.7 million related to the effect of changes to its valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. In Fiscal 2009, the Company’s income tax expense was $11.5 million and its effective tax rate was 1,038.8%, including tax expense of $17.5 million related to the effect of changes to its valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. In Fiscal 2008, the Company’s income tax expense was $1.5 million and its effective tax rate was (0.2)%, including the non-deductible nature of the goodwill and joint venture impairment charges as well as the impact of an increase to its valuation allowance on deferred tax assets in the U.S. by $95.8 million due to the increased uncertainties related to its ability to utilize these deferred tax assets against future earnings.
The effective income tax rates for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 also differ from the statutory federal tax rate of 35% due to the overall geographic mix of losses in jurisdictions with higher tax rates and income in jurisdictions with lower tax rates, the impact of the repatriation of foreign earnings to fund transaction related interest, and other permanent book to tax return adjustments.
The tax effects on the significant components of the Company’s net deferred tax asset (liability) as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 are as follows (in thousands):
                 
    Jan. 29, 2011     Jan. 30, 2010  
Deferred tax assets:
               
Tax carryforwards
  $ 69,306     $ 85,737  
Debt related
    19,708       15,812  
Compensation & benefits
    15,009       11,595  
Deferred rent
    7,415       6,892  
Depreciation
    6,053       2,874  
Accrued expenses
    4,802       4,055  
Gift cards
    2,726       2,064  
Other
    2,198       4,106  
Inventory
    1,376       1,125  
 
           
Total gross deferred tax assets
    128,593       134,260  
Valuation allowance
    (120,286 )     (130,620 )
 
           
Total deferred tax assets, net
    8,307       3,640  
 
           
Deferred tax liabilities:
               
Tradename intangibles
    110,569       110,359  
Lease rights
    8,555       8,865  
Other
    4,169       1,360  
 
           
Total deferred tax liabilities
    123,293       120,584  
 
           
Net deferred tax liability
  $ (114,986 )   $ (116,944 )
 
           

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The deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 are as follows (in thousands):
                 
    Jan. 29, 2011     Jan. 30, 2010  
Current deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowance
  $ 4,064     $ 2,839  
Current deferred tax liabilities
           
Non-current deferred tax assets
    2,726       2,362  
Non-current deferred tax liabilities, net of valuation allowance
    (121,776 )     (122,145 )
 
             
Net
  $ (114,986 )   $ (116,944 )
 
             
The amount and expiration dates of operating loss and tax credit carryforwards as of January 29, 2011 are as follows (in thousands):
                 
    Amount     Expiration Date  
U.S. federal net operating loss carryforwards
  $ 26,936       2028 – 2030  
Non-U.S. net operating loss carryforwards
    9,810     Indefinite
Non-U.S. net operating loss carryforwards
    7,589       2015 – 2025  
State net operating loss carryforwards
    3,339       2013 – 2030  
U.S. foreign tax credits
    21,632       2019 – 2021  
 
             
Total
  $ 69,306          
 
             
In assessing the need for a valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Ultimately, the realization of deferred tax assets will depend on the existence of future taxable income. In making this assessment, management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities, past operating results, estimates of future taxable income and tax planning opportunities.
In Fiscal 2010, the Company recorded a decrease of $11.8 million in valuation allowance against deferred tax assets in the U.S. In Fiscal 2009, the Company recorded an increase of $18.3 million in valuation allowance against deferred tax assets in the U.S. In the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2008, the Company recorded a charge of $95.8 million related to establishing a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets in the U.S. In Fiscal 2008, the Company concluded that a valuation allowance was appropriate in light of the significant negative evidence, which was objective and verifiable, such as cumulative losses in recent fiscal years in our U.S. operations. While the Company’s long-term financial outlook in the U.S. remains positive, the Company concluded that its ability to rely on its long-term outlook as to future taxable income was limited due to the relative weight of the negative evidence from its recent U.S. cumulative losses. The Company’s conclusion regarding the need for a valuation allowance against U.S. deferred tax assets could change in the future based on improvements in operating performance, which may result in the full or partial reversal of the valuation allowance. The foreign valuation allowances relate to net operating loss carryforwards that, in the opinion of management, are more likely than not to expire unutilized.
The net change in the total valuation allowances in Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008 was a decrease of $10.3 million, an increase of $20.4 million and an increase of $98.8 million, respectively.
U.S. income taxes have not been recognized on the balance of accumulated unremitted earnings from the Company’s foreign subsidiaries at January 29, 2011 of $209.7 million, as these accumulated undistributed earnings are considered reinvested indefinitely. For European subsidiaries, this amount is based on the balance maintained in local currency of the Company’s accumulated unremitted earnings at February 2, 2008 converted into U.S. dollars at foreign exchange rates in effect on January 29, 2011. Quantification of the deferred tax liability, if any, associated with indefinitely reinvested earnings is not practicable. The Company recognized U.S. income tax expense of $0.4 million on Fiscal 2010 earnings of its foreign subsidiaries. The Company expects that future earnings from its foreign subsidiaries will be repatriated.

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Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of income tax at January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009 includes $(1.2) million, $(1.1) million and $(1.9) million, respectively, related to the income tax effect of unrealized foreign currency translation adjustments of certain long-term intercompany loans within the Company’s foreign subsidiaries. This results in a decrease of $0.1 million for Fiscal 2010, an increase of $0.8 million for Fiscal 2009 and a decrease of $2.5 million for Fiscal 2008. There was no income tax effect on accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of income tax related to unrealized gains on foreign currency translation adjustments of Fiscal 2010 foreign earnings.
A reconciliation of the beginning and ending amount of unrecognized tax benefits is as follows (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Beginning balance
  $ 12,243     $ 11,043     $ 9,617  
Additions based on tax positions related to the current year
    1,694       1,987       2,070  
Additions for tax positions of prior years
          58       1  
Reductions for tax positions of prior years
    (1,133 )            
Statute expirations
    (134 )     (351 )     (154 )
Settlements
          (494 )     (491 )
 
                 
Ending balance
  $ 12,670     $ 12,243     $ 11,043  
 
                 
The amount of unrecognized tax benefits at January 29, 2011 of $12.7 million, if recognized, would favorably affect the Company’s effective tax rate. These unrecognized tax benefits are classified as “Unfavorable lease obligations and other long-term liabilities” in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits are included in income tax expense. The Company had $3.1 million and $2.4 million for the payment of interest and penalties accrued at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively, and are classified as “Unfavorable lease obligations and other long-term liabilities” in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets. For Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, the Company recognized $0.7 million, $0.3 million and $0.6 million, respectively, in interest and penalties.
The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and various states and foreign jurisdictions. With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state, and local, or non-U.S. income tax examinations for years before Fiscal 2005. We have also concluded tax examinations in our significant foreign tax jurisdictions including the United Kingdom through Fiscal 2005, France through Fiscal 2004, and Canada through Fiscal 2003.
Within the next 12 months, the Company estimates that the unrecognized tax benefits at January 29, 2011, could be reduced by approximately $0.6 million related to the settlement of various state and local tax examinations for prior periods. Other than the expected settlement for state and local tax positions, the Company does not anticipate a significant change to the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits within the next 12 months. See Note 16 — Subsequent Events for other tax matters.
12. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
Upon consummation of the Merger, the Company entered into a management services agreement with Apollo Management and the Sponsors. Under this management services agreement, Apollo Management and the Sponsors agreed to provide to the Company certain investment banking, management, consulting, and financial planning services on an ongoing basis for a fee of $3.0 million per year. Under this management services agreement, Apollo Management and the Sponsors also agreed to provide to the Company certain financial advisory and investment banking services from time to time in connection with major financial transactions that may be undertaken by it or its subsidiaries in exchange for fees customary for such services after taking into account expertise and relationships within the business and financial community of Apollo Management and the Sponsors. Under this management services agreement, the Company also agreed to provide customary indemnification. The Company paid Apollo Management and Sponsors $3.0 million for fees in each of Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively. These amounts are included in “Selling, general and administrative” expenses in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive income (Loss).

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The Company paid store planning and retail design fees to a Company owned by a member of one of the Company’s executive officers. These fee are included in “Furniture, fixtures and equipment” in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets and “Selling, general and administrative” expenses in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). For Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, the Company paid fees of approximately $1.2 million and $0.9 million, respectively. The arrangement was entered into during Fiscal 2008 and the fees paid during that fiscal period were not significant. This arrangement was approved by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
See Note 16 — Subsequent Events for a related party transaction.
13. SELECTED QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited, in thousands)
                                         
    Fiscal 2010  
    1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Total Year  
Net sales
  $ 322,077     $ 334,233     $ 348,175     $ 421,912     $ 1,426,397  
Gross profit
    163,326       175,013       180,602       222,345       741,286  
Impairment of assets (a)
                      12,262       12,262  
Severance and transaction related costs
    102       212       121       306       741  
Gain on early debt extinguishment
    4,487       6,249       2,652             13,388  
Impairment of equity investment (b)
          6,030                   6,030  
Interest expense, net
    42,763       40,573       37,132       37,238       157,706  
Income tax expense (c)
    1,633       1,607       3,369       3,182       9,791  
Net income (loss)
    (12,300 )     (8,345 )     3,647       21,321       4,323  
 
(a)   Represents impairment charge related to franchise agreements. See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for detail of impairment charges.
 
(b)   Represents impairment charge related to equity investment in Claire’s Nippon. See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for detail of impairment charges.
 
(c)   Includes a $12.7 million charge for an increase in the valuation allowance related to deferred tax assets.
                                         
    Fiscal 2009  
    1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Total Year  
Net sales
  $ 293,098     $ 314,196     $ 324,404     $ 410,691     $ 1,342,389  
Gross profit
    140,743       155,056       165,004       218,317       679,120  
Impairment of assets (a)
                      3,142       3,142  
Severance and transaction related costs
    349       25       32       515       921  
Gain on early debt extinguishment
          17,104       16,096       3,212       36,412  
Interest expense, net
    45,234       45,329       43,716       43,139       177,418  
Income tax expense (benefit) (b)
    (1,679 )     2,797       2,187       8,205       11,510  
Net income (loss)
    (29,023 )     (3,733 )     2,889       19,465       (10,402 )
 
(a)   Represents impairment charges related to long-lived assets. See Note 3 — Impairment Charges for detail of impairment charges.
 
(b)   Includes a $17.5 million charge for an increase in the valuation allowance related to deferred tax assets.

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14. SEGMENT REPORTING
The Company is organized based on the geographic markets in which it operates. Under this structure, the Company currently has two reportable segments: North America and Europe. The Company accounts for the goods it sells to third parties under franchising and licensing agreements within “Net sales” and “Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) within its North American division. The franchise fees the Company charges under the franchising agreements are reported in “Other expense (income), net” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) within its European division. Until September 2, 2010, the Company accounted for the results of operations of Claire’s Nippon under the equity method and included the results within “Other expense (income), net” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) within the Company’s North American division. After September 2, 2010, these former joint venture stores began to operate as licensed stores. Substantially all of the interest expense on the Company’s outstanding debt is recorded in the Company’s North American division.
Information about the Company’s operations by segment is as follows (in thousands):
                         
    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Net sales:
                       
North America
  $ 914,149     $ 850,313     $ 907,486  
Europe
    512,248       492,076       505,474  
 
                 
Total net sales
  $ 1,426,397     $ 1,342,389     $ 1,412,960  
 
                 
 
                       
Depreciation and amortization:
                       
North America
  $ 42,169     $ 47,574     $ 57,516  
Europe
    23,029       23,897       27,577  
 
                 
Total depreciation and amortization
  $ 65,198     $ 71,471     $ 85,093  
 
                 
 
                       
Segment operating income:
                       
North America
  $ 124,606     $ 88,890     $ 63,490  
Europe
    52,859       57,287       30,292  
 
                 
Total segment operating income
  $ 177,465     $ 146,177     $ 93,782  
 
                 
 
                       
Impairment of assets:
                       
North America
  $     $ 3,142     $ 314,000  
Europe
    12,262             184,490  
 
                 
Total impairment charges
  $ 12,262     $ 3,142     $ 498,490  
 
                 
 
                       
Impairment of equity investment:
                       
North America
  $ 6,030     $     $ 25,500  
Europe
                 
 
                 
Total impairment of equity investment
  $ 6,030     $     $ 25,500  
 
                 
 
                       
Interest expense (income), net:
                       
North America
  $ 157,595     $ 177,496     $ 196,732  
Europe
    111       (78 )     (785 )
 
                 
Total interest expense (income), net
  $ 157,706     $ 177,418     $ 195,947  
 
                 
 
                       
Income (loss) before income taxes:
                       
North America
  $ (26,003 )   $ (56,257 )   $ (482,670 )
Europe
    40,117       57,365       (159,413 )
 
                 
Total income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 14,114     $ 1,108     $ (642,083 )
 
                 
 
                       
Income tax expense (benefit):
                       
North America
  $ 2,694     $ 4,559     $ 1,613  
Europe
    7,097       6,951       (104 )
 
                 
Total income tax expense
  $ 9,791     $ 11,510     $ 1,509  
 
                 
 
                       
Net income (loss):
                       
North America
  $ (28,697 )   $ (60,816 )   $ (484,283 )
Europe
    33,020       50,414       (159,309 )
 
                 
Net income (loss)
  $ 4,323     $ (10,402 )   $ (643,592 )
 
                 

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    Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
 
                       
Goodwill:
                       
North America
  $ 1,235,651     $ 1,235,651     $ 1,229,941  
Europe
    314,405       314,405       314,405  
 
                 
Total goodwill
  $ 1,550,056     $ 1,550,056     $ 1,544,346  
 
                 
 
                       
Long-lived assets:
                       
North America
  $ 142,090     $ 161,648     $ 197,839  
Europe
    76,095       66,336       68,232  
 
                 
Total long lived assets
  $ 218,185     $ 227,984     $ 266,071  
 
                 
 
                       
Total assets:
                       
North America
  $ 1,493,210     $ 1,505,727     $ 1,687,952  
Europe
    1,373,239       1,328,378       1,193,143  
 
                 
Total assets
  $ 2,866,449     $ 2,834,105     $ 2,881,095  
 
                 
 
                       
Capital Expenditures
                       
North America
  $ 20,353     $ 13,731     $ 42,623  
Europe
    28,358       11,221       16,782  
 
                 
Total capital expenditures
  $ 48,711     $ 24,952     $ 59,405  
 
                 
The Company measures segment operating income as gross profit less selling, general and administrative expenses and depreciation and amortization expense, including other operating income and expense, but excluding impairment of assets and severance and transaction-related costs. A reconciliation of total segment operating income to consolidated operating income is as follows (in thousands).
                         
    Fiscal 2010   Fiscal 2009   Fiscal 2008
Total segment operating income
  $ 177,465     $ 146,177     $ 93,782  
Impairment of assets
    12,262       3,142       498,490  
Severance and transaction-related costs
    741       921       15,928  
 
                       
Consolidated operating income
  $ 164,462     $ 142,114     $ (420,636 )
 
                       
Excluded from operating income are impairment charges of $12.3 million, $3.1 million and $498.5 million for Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, respectively. For Fiscal 2010, Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2008, segment operating income also excludes severance and transaction-related costs for North America of $0.4 million, $0.9 million and $9.9 million, respectively, and Europe of $0.3 million, $0 and $6.0 million, respectively. See Note 3 — Impairment Charges.
Identifiable assets are those assets that are identified with the operations of each segment. Corporate assets consist mainly of cash and cash equivalents, investments in affiliated companies and other assets. These assets are included within North America.
The following table compares the Company’s sales of each product category by segment for the last three fiscal years:
                         
    Percentage of Total  
Product Category   Fiscal 2010     Fiscal 2009     Fiscal 2008  
Accessories:
                       
North America
    31.8       30.5       27.6  
Europe
    22.7       23.1       20.8  
 
                 
 
    54.5       53.6       48.4  
 
                 
 
                       
Jewelry:
                       
North America
    32.0       32.3       36.0  
Europe
    13.5       14.1       15.6  
 
                 
 
    45.5       46.4       51.6  
 
                 
 
    100.0       100.0       100.0  
 
                 

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The following table provides data for selected geographical areas.
                         
    Percentage of Total Net Sales
Net Sales:   Fiscal 2010   Fiscal 2009   Fiscal 2008
United Kingdom
    15.0       16.9       18.1  
 
           
France
    9.1       8.7       8.1  
 
           
 
 
  Percentage of Total Long-lived Assets    
 
             
Long-lived Assets:
  January 29, 2011   January 30, 2010        
 
                 
United Kingdom
    10.4       12.1          
 
               
France
    5.7       7.3          
 
               
15. SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
On May 29, 2007, Claire’s Stores, Inc. (the “Issuer”), issued $935.0 million in Senior Notes, Senior Toggle Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes. These Notes are irrevocably and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, by all wholly-owned domestic current and future subsidiaries of Claire’s Stores, Inc. that guarantee the Company’s Credit Facility (the “Guarantors”). The Company’s other subsidiaries, principally its international subsidiaries including its European, Canadian and Asian subsidiaries (the “Non-Guarantors”), are not guarantors of these Notes.
The tables in the following pages present the condensed consolidating financial information for the Issuer, the Guarantors and the Non-Guarantors, together with eliminations, as of and for the periods indicated. The consolidating financial information may not necessarily be indicative of the financial position, results of operations or cash flows had the Issuer, Guarantors and Non-Guarantors operated as independent entities.

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Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet
January 29, 2011
(in thousands)
 
                                         
                    Non-              
    Issuer     Guarantors     Guarantors     Eliminations     Consolidated  
ASSETS
                                       
Current assets:
                                       
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash (1)
  $ 179,529     $ 3,587     $ 96,650     $     $ 279,766  
Inventories
          84,868       51,280             136,148  
Prepaid expenses
    851       1,680       18,918             21,449  
Other current assets
          16,547       8,111             24,658  
 
                             
Total current assets
    180,380       106,682       174,959             462,021  
 
                             
Property and equipment:
                                       
Land and building
                             
Furniture, fixtures and equipment
    3,276       119,228       64,010             186,514  
Leasehold improvements
    1,052       143,072       103,906             248,030  
 
                             
 
    4,328       262,300       167,916             434,544  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    (2,205 )     (147,857 )     (83,449 )           (233,511 )
 
                             
 
    2,123       114,443       84,467             201,033  
 
                             
Leased property under capital lease:
                                       
Land and building
          18,055                   18,055  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
          (903 )                 (903 )
 
                             
 
          17,152                   17,152  
 
                             
Intercompany receivables
          366,929             (366,929 )      
Investment in subsidiaries
    2,303,333       (63,535 )           (2,239,798 )      
Goodwill
          1,235,651       314,405             1,550,056  
Intangible assets, net
    286,000       9,294       262,172             557,466  
Deferred financing costs, net
    35,973             461             36,434  
Other assets
    130       3,842       38,315             42,287  
 
                             
 
    2,625,436       1,552,181       615,353       (2,606,727 )     2,186,243  
 
                             
Total assets
  $ 2,807,939     $ 1,790,458     $ 874,779     $ (2,606,727 )   $ 2,866,449  
 
                             
 
                                       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY (DEFICIT)
                                       
Current liabilities:
                                       
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt
  $ 18,451     $     $ 57,703     $     $ 76,154  
Trade accounts payable
    1,199       24,545       28,611             54,355  
Income taxes payable
          644       11,100             11,744  
Accrued interest payable
    16,696             87             16,783  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
    20,630       37,910       48,575             107,115  
 
                             
Total current liabilities
    56,976       63,099       146,076             266,151  
 
                             
Intercompany payables
    346,636             20,293       (366,929 )      
Long-term debt
    2,236,842                         2,236,842  
Revolving credit facility
    194,000                         194,000  
Obligation under capital lease
          17,290                   17,290  
Deferred tax liability
          106,797       14,979             121,776  
Deferred rent expense
          17,230       9,407             26,637  
Unfavorable lease obligations and other long-term liabilities
          28,889       1,379             30,268  
 
                             
 
    2,777,478       170,206       46,058       (366,929 )     2,626,813  
 
                             
Stockholder’s equity (deficit):
                                       
Common stock
          367       2       (369 )      
Additional paid in capital
    621,099       1,435,909       815,866       (2,251,775 )     621,099  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
    1,416       3,663       (7,080 )     3,417       1,416  
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)
    (649,030 )     117,214       (126,143 )     8,929       (649,030 )
 
                             
 
    (26,515 )     1,557,153       682,645       (2,239,798 )     (26,515 )
 
                             
Total liabilities and stockholder’s equity (deficit)
  $ 2,807,939     $ 1,790,458     $ 874,779     $ (2,606,727 )   $ 2,866,449  
 
                             
 
(1)   Cash and cash equivalents includes restricted cash of $3,450 for “Issuer” and $20,414 for “Non-Guarantors”

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Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet
January 30, 2010
(in thousands)
 
                                         
                    Non-              
    Issuer     Guarantors     Guarantors     Eliminations     Consolidated  
ASSETS
                                       
Current assets:
                                       
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 109,138     $ (10,604 )   $ 100,174     $     $ 198,708  
Inventories
          73,902       36,436             110,338  
Prepaid expenses
    509       14,217       18,147             32,873  
Other current assets
    1,030       19,527       7,679             28,236  
 
                             
Total current assets
    110,677       97,042       162,436             370,155  
 
                             
Property and equipment:
                                       
Land and building
          19,318                   19,318  
Furniture, fixtures and equipment
    2,137       109,405       51,060             162,602  
Leasehold improvements
    1,113       138,706       88,684             228,503  
 
                             
 
    3,250       267,429       139,744             410,423  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    (1,746 )     (117,101 )     (63,592 )           (182,439 )
 
                             
 
    1,504       150,328       76,152             227,984  
 
                             
Intercompany receivables
          148,072             (148,072 )      
Investment in subsidiaries
    2,200,694       (7,069 )           (2,193,625 )      
Goodwill
          1,235,651       314,405             1,550,056  
Intangible assets, net
    286,000       13,017       281,010             580,027  
Deferred financing costs, net
    47,641                         47,641  
Other assets
    18,099       3,230       36,913             58,242  
 
                             
 
    2,552,434       1,392,901       632,328       (2,341,697 )     2,235,966  
 
                             
Total assets
  $ 2,664,615     $ 1,640,271     $ 870,916     $ (2,341,697 )   $ 2,834,105  
 
                             
 
                                       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY (DEFICIT)
                                       
Current liabilities:
                                       
Current portion of long-term debt
  $ 14,500     $     $     $     $ 14,500  
Trade accounts payable
    1,327       16,750       24,086             42,163  
Income taxes payable
          101       10,171             10,272  
Accrued interest payable
    14,644                         14,644  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
    23,388       36,011       40,534             99,933  
 
                             
Total current liabilities
    53,859       52,862       74,791             181,512  
 
                             
Intercompany payables
    137,913             10,159       (148,072 )      
Long-term debt
    2,313,378                         2,313,378  
Revolving credit facility
    194,000                         194,000  
Deferred tax liability
          106,386       15,759             122,145  
Deferred rent expense
    107       14,957       7,018             22,082  
Unfavorable lease obligations and other long-term liabilities
          33,347       2,283             35,630  
 
                             
 
    2,645,398       154,690       35,219       (148,072 )     2,687,235  
 
                             
 
                                       
Stockholder’s equity (deficit):
                                       
Common stock
          367       2       (369 )      
Additional paid in capital
    616,086       1,445,795       876,798       (2,322,593 )     616,086  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
    2,625       2,101       (4,134 )     2,033       2,625  
Accumulated deficit
    (653,353 )     (15,544 )     (111,760 )     127,304       (653,353 )
 
                             
 
    (34,642 )     1,432,719       760,906       (2,193,625 )     (34,642 )
 
                             
Total liabilities and stockholder’s equity (deficit)
  $ 2,664,615     $ 1,640,271     $ 870,916     $ (2,341,697 )   $ 2,834,105  
 
                             

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Condensed Consolidating Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Fiscal 2010
(in thousands)
 
                                         
                    Non-              
    Issuer     Guarantors     Guarantors     Eliminations     Consolidated  
Net sales
  $     $ 847,048     $ 579,349     $     $ 1,426,397  
Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses
    5,222       408,851       271,038             685,111  
 
                             
Gross (deficit) profit
    (5,222 )     438,197       308,311             741,286  
 
                             
Other expenses:
                                       
Selling, general and administrative
    35,895       252,629       209,688             498,212  
Depreciation and amortization
    631       38,700       25,867             65,198  
Impairment of assets
                12,262             12,262  
Severance and transaction-related costs
    372             369             741  
Other expense (income), net
    (21,067 )     10,218       11,260             411  
 
                             
 
    15,831       301,547       259,446             576,824  
 
                             
Operating income (loss)
    (21,053 )     136,650       48,865             164,462  
Gain on early debt extinguishment
    13,388                         13,388  
Impairment of equity investment
          6,030                   6,030  
Interest expense, net
    156,427       1,190       89             157,706  
 
                             
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (164,092 )     129,430       48,776             14,114  
Income tax expense
    23       1,939       7,829             9,791  
 
                             
Income (loss) from continuing operations
    (164,115 )     127,491       40,947             4,323  
Equity in earnings of subsidiaries
    168,438       4,847             (173,285 )      
 
                             
Net income
    4,323       132,338       40,947       (173,285 )     4,323  
Foreign currency translation and interest rate swap adjustments, net of tax
    8,363       1,562       (2,946 )     1,384       8,363  
Reclassification of foreign currency translation adjustments into net income (loss)
    (9,572 )     (9,572 )           9,572       (9,572 )
 
                             
Comprehensive income
  $ 3,114     $ 124,328     $ 38,001     $ (162,329 )   $ 3,114  
 
                             
Condensed Consolidating Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Fiscal 2009
(in thousands)
 
                                         
                    Non-             Consolidated  
    Issuer     Guarantors     Guarantors     Eliminations     Combined  
Net sales
  $     $ 792,190     $ 550,199     $     $ 1,342,389  
Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses
          402,594       260,675             663,269  
 
                             
Gross profit
          389,596       289,524             679,120  
 
                             
Other expenses:
                                       
Selling, general and administrative
    31,786       241,226       192,694             465,706  
Depreciation and amortization
    1,439       43,182       26,850             71,471  
Impairment of assets
          3,142                   3,142  
Severance and transaction-related costs
    921                         921  
Other expense (income), net
    (16,756 )     19,714       (7,192 )           (4,234 )
 
                             
 
    17,390       307,264       212,352             537,006  
 
                             
Operating income (loss)
    (17,390 )     82,332       77,172             142,114  
Gain on early debt extinguishment
    36,412                         36,412  
Interest expense (income), net
    177,518       (11 )     (89 )           177,418  
 
                             
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (158,496 )     82,343       77,261             1,108  
Income tax expense
    2,503       1,916       7,091             11,510  
 
                             
Income (loss) from continuing operations
    (160,999 )     80,427       70,170             (10,402 )
Equity in earnings of subsidiaries
    150,597       7,101             (157,698 )      
 
                             
Net income (loss)
    (10,402 )     87,528       70,170       (157,698 )     (10,402 )
Foreign currency translation and interest rate swap adjustments, net of tax
    24,944       4,426       16,457       (20,883 )     24,944  
 
                             
Comprehensive income
  $ 14,542     $ 91,954     $ 86,627     $ (178,581 )   $ 14,542  
 
                             

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Condensed Consolidating Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Fiscal 2008
(in thousands)
 
                                         
                    Non-             Consolidated  
    Issuer     Guarantors     Guarantors     Eliminations     Combined  
Net sales
  $     $ 845,430     $ 567,530     $     $ 1,412,960  
Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses
          445,307       279,525             724,832  
 
                             
Gross profit
          400,123       288,005             688,128  
 
                             
Other expenses:
                                       
Selling, general and administrative
    32,720       266,838       214,194             513,752  
Depreciation and amortization
    3,013       50,584       31,496             85,093  
Impairment of assets
    134,000       180,000       184,490             498,490  
Severance and transaction-related costs
    2,374       7,553       6,001             15,928  
Other expense (income), net
    (19,778 )     21,740       (6,461 )           (4,499 )
 
                             
 
    152,329       526,715       429,720             1,108,764  
 
                             
Operating loss
    (152,329 )     (126,592 )     (141,715 )           (420,636 )
Impairment of equity investment
    25,500                         25,500  
Interest expense (income), net
    197,089       (261 )     (881 )           195,947  
 
                             
Loss before income taxes
    (374,918 )     (126,331 )     (140,834 )           (642,083 )
Income tax expense (benefit)
    (18,143 )     19,904       (252 )           1,509  
 
                             
Loss from continuing operations
    (356,775 )     (146,235 )     (140,582 )           (643,592 )
Equity in earnings (loss) of subsidiaries
    (286,817 )     7,706             279,111        
 
                             
Net loss
    (643,592 )     (138,529 )     (140,582 )     279,111       (643,592 )
Foreign currency translation and interest rate swap adjustments, net of tax
    (25,677 )     (5,285 )     (38,137 )     43,422       (25,677 )
 
                             
Comprehensive loss
  $ (669,269 )   $ (143,814 )   $ (178,719 )   $ 322,533     $ (669,269 )
 
                             

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Condensed Consolidating Statement of Cash Flows
Fiscal 2010
(in thousands)
 
                                         
                    Non-              
    Issuer     Guarantors     Guarantors     Eliminations     Consolidated  
Cash flows from operating activities:
                                       
Net income
  $ 4,323     $ 132,338     $ 40,947     $ (173,285 )   $ 4,323  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
                                       
Equity in earnings of subsidiaries
    (168,438 )     (4,847 )           173,285        
Depreciation and amortization
    631       38,700       25,867             65,198  
Impairment
          6,030       12,262             18,292  
Amortization of lease rights and other assets
          29       3,175             3,204  
Amortization of debt issuance costs
    9,963             42             10,005  
Payment of in kind interest expense
    36,872                         36,872  
Net accretion of favorable (unfavorable) lease obligations
          (2,054 )     564             (1,490 )
Loss on sale/retirement of property and equipment, net
          668       4             672  
Gain on early debt extinguishment
    (13,388 )                       (13,388 )
Stock compensation expense
    3,863             1,150             5,013  
(Increase) decrease in:
                                       
Inventories
          (10,966 )     (14,408 )           (25,374 )
Prepaid expenses
    (342 )     12,536       464             12,658  
Other assets
    1,243       4,335       (4,827 )           751  
Increase (decrease) in:
                                       
Trade accounts payable
    (128 )     6,682       3,760             10,314  
Income taxes payable
          2,320       1,347             3,667  
Accrued interest payable
    2,053             86             2,139  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
    4,828       1,800       7,947             14,575  
Deferred income taxes
          318       (913 )           (595 )
Deferred rent expense
    (107 )     2,273       2,257             4,423  
 
                             
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
    (118,627 )     190,162       79,724             151,259  
 
                             
Cash flows from investing activities:
                                       
Acquisition of property and equipment, net
    (1,248 )     (18,310 )     (29,153 )           (48,711 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
          16,765                   16,765  
Acquisition of intangible assets/lease rights
          (126 )     (978 )           (1,104 )
Changes in restricted cash
    (3,450 )           (20,452 )           (23,902 )
 
                             
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
    (4,698 )     (1,671 )     (50,583 )           (56,952 )
 
                             
Cash flows from financing activities:
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