NEW YORK — Lower unit prices and delivery delays pressured Bebe Stores’ August same-store sales down a worse-than-expected 17.6 percent, but strength in its profit margins helped elevate its stock on Friday.

The Brisbane, Calif.-based contemporary specialty retailer, which operates 169 stores, also said total sales slid 5.1 percent to $26.2 million for the month versus $27.6 million in August 2001. Last August, comps increased 8.9 percent.

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