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Tiffany Reports Fourth Quarter and Year Results; Provides Financial Outlook for 2010

New York, N.Y., March 22, 2010 - Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) reported today that worldwide sales rose 17% in its fourth quarter ended January 31, 2010.  This increase reflected broad-based growth in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and European regions. Net earnings from continuing operations were $1.09 per diluted share in the quarter. Full year sales declined 5% to $2.7 billion and net earnings from continuing operations increased 15% to $2.12 per diluted share (earnings in both years included nonrecurring charges - see attached "Non-GAAP Measures" schedule). Management also introduced its financial objectives for 2010, which are enumerated in this news release.

In the three months (fourth quarter) ended January 31, 2010:

In the full year (fiscal 2009) ended January 31, 2010:

Financial results for the Iridesse subsidiary are classified as discontinued operations for the current and prior-year periods. This change in classification began in the second quarter of 2009.

Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We were very pleased with the sales results in the fourth quarter which reflected growth in most countries, product categories and price points. Notwithstanding the global economic challenges over the past year, the decisive measures we took to control spending were successful and, combined with the considerable and growing international awareness of the TIFFANY & CO. brand, helped us to generate strong earnings and free cash flow."  

Net sales by segment were as follows:

Other financial highlights were:

Mr. Kowalski added, "In 2010, we will remain focused on meaningful opportunities to expand our global store base, realize market share gains in a changing competitive environment and enhance profitability. We believe that Tiffany has the ability to deliver healthy sales and earnings growth and, in fact, have begun the year with worldwide sales growth exceeding our first quarter plan which calls for a high-teens percentage increase.  Tiffany has the necessary components for ongoing success -- compelling products, organizational and financial strength, an efficient infrastructure and a premium brand that is increasingly recognized for lasting value."  

2010 Outlook:

Management's outlook for fiscal 2010 is based on the following assumptions which may or may not prove valid:

Today's Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) to review these actual results and its outlook. Investors may listen at ("Events and Presentations").

Next Scheduled Announcement:

The Company expects to report its first quarter 2010 financial results on May 27, 2010 with a conference call at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time).  To receive notifications of news releases, please register at ("E-Mail Alerts").

Tiffany & Co. operates jewelry stores and manufactures products through its subsidiary corporations. Its principal subsidiary is Tiffany and Company. The Company operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores and boutiques in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit or call our shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.

This document contains certain "forward-looking" statements concerning the Company's objectives and expectations with respect to sales, store openings, gross margin, SG&A expenses, interest expense, effective income tax rate, net earnings, inventories and capital expenditures. Actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Information concerning risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially is set forth in the Company's 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.



Net Sales

The Company's reported sales reflect either a translation-related benefit from strengthening foreign currencies or a detriment from a strengthening U.S. dollar.

The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Internally, management monitors its sales performance on a non-GAAP basis that eliminates the positive or negative effects that result from translating international sales into U.S. dollars ("constant-exchange-rate basis"). Management believes this constant-exchange-rate basis provides a more representative assessment of sales performance and provides better comparability between reporting periods.

The Company's management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate the Company's operating results. The following table reconciles sales percentage increases (decreases) from the GAAP to the non-GAAP basis versus the previous years:

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations
The accompanying press release presents net earnings from continuing operations and highlights current-year and prior-year nonrecurring items in the text. Management believes excluding such items presents the Company's fourth quarter and full year results on a more comparable basis to the corresponding periods in the prior year, thereby providing investors with an additional perspective to analyze the results of operations of the Company at January 31, 2010. The following table reconciles GAAP net earnings from continuing operations and net earnings from continuing operations per diluted share ("EPS") to the non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations and net earnings from continuing operations per diluted share, as adjusted:

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