NEW YORK — Markdown pressures at Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. reduced a healthy sales gain into slight profit growth in the second quarter.

For the three months ended Nov. 30, the Burlington, N.J.-based apparel and footwear retailer reported net income nicked up 0.7 percent to $41.6 million, or 93 cents a diluted share. That compares with earnings of $41.3 million, also 93 cents, in the year-ago quarter. Earnings per share fell short of the Wall Street estimate by a nickel.

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