Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc, a specialty retailer of fashionable, value-priced apparel and accessories for young women, today reported sharply higher results for the first quarter ended December 30, 2000. Chairman and CEO Bernard Zeichner said: "Consistent with our business strategy, sales from new stores drove significantly higher sales and therefore we achieved higher leverage on our operating expenses. We were equally impressed with the strong holiday sales at our existing stores. They produced comparable store increases of 3.7 per cent against a strong 6.4 per cent increase last year.