By  on November 24, 2009

The overall performances of three sporting goods retailers tended to go the way of their clothing sales in the third quarter. Sector giant Foot Locker missed expectations and reported double-digit declines in U.S. apparel sales, but Dick’s and Hibbett each posted sturdy soft goods revenues and beat Wall Street expectations.

In the three months ended Oct. 31, New York-based Foot Locker Inc. recorded a loss of $6 million, or 4 cents a diluted share, compared with profits of $24 million, or 16 cents a share in 2008. The most-recent quarter included impairment charges of $22 million. Excluding such items, Foot Locker’s net totaled $16 million, or 10 cents a share. Analysts polled by Yahoo Finance had expected adjusted earnings per share of 13 cents.

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