Exhibit 99.1

Contacts:

Brian W. Bethers

Robert G. Hunter

 

President

CFO

 

1-800 CONTACTS, INC.

1-800 CONTACTS, INC.

 

(801) 316-5000

(801) 316-5000

 

investors@contacts.com

investors@contacts.com

 

For Immediate Release

1-800 CONTACTS Announces Third Quarter Results

DRAPER, Utah, November 7, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 1-800 CONTACTS, INC. (Nasdaq: CTAC), today reported results for its fiscal 2006 third quarter ended September 30, 2006.

Third Quarter Results

Consolidated net sales for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006 were $64.3 million, compared to $60.9 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year.  For the third quarter of fiscal 2006, the Company reported a consolidated net loss of $(1.5) million, or $(0.11) per diluted common share, compared to a consolidated net loss of $(0.6) million, or $(0.04) per diluted common share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.

U.S. Retail

Net sales and operating income for the Company’s U.S. retail business for the third quarter of fiscal 2006 were $59.2 million and $5.1 million, respectively, compared to net sales of $55.8 million and operating income of $3.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.

Gross margin for the Company’s U.S. retail business decreased to 38.8% for the third quarter of fiscal 2006 from 39.3% for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.

Advertising expense for the third quarter of fiscal 2006 was $2.6 million less than the third quarter of fiscal 2005.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2006, other selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales for the U.S. retail business increased to 21.6% from 19.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2005.

ClearLab

Net sales and operating loss for ClearLab, the Company’s international contact lens manufacturing business, for the third quarter of fiscal 2006 were $5.1 million and $(4.6) million, respectively, compared to net sales of $6.0 million and an operating loss of $(1.4) million for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.  ClearLab’s net sales for the third quarters of fiscal 2006 and 2005 included $1.0 million in license fees from the



The following information was filed by 1 800 Contacts Inc on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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