By  on June 25, 2009

Nike Inc. said Wednesday its fourth-quarter net income fell more than 30 percent, eroded by a 16 percent decline in worldwide apparel sales and unfavorable currency fluctuation.

In the three months ended May 31, the Beaverton, Ore.-based athletic footwear and apparel giant recorded a 30.4 percent decline in net income to $341.4 million, or 70 cents a diluted share, from $490.5 million, or 98 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding costs for restructuring and other charges, earnings per share totaled 99 cents in the quarter, 3 cents above the consensus estimate reported by Yahoo Finance.

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