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Foot Locker, Inc. Reports First Quarter Financial Results

By Press Releases
May 20, 2010 2:50 PM

- Earnings Per Share Increases 70 Percent

- Comparable-Store Sales Increases 4.8 Percent

- Cash Position, Net of Debt, Improves by $190 Million

NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL - News), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended May 1, 2010.

Financial Results

Net income for the Company's first quarter ended May 1, 2010 was $54 million, or $0.34 per share, compared with net income of $31 million, or $0.20 per share, last year.

First quarter sales increased 5.3 percent to $1,281 million, as compared with sales of $1,216 million for the corresponding prior-year period.

First quarter comparable-store sales increased 4.8%. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales for the first quarter increased 3.0%.

"The strategic steps that we have taken over the past several months contributed to our improving sales trend and 70 percent earnings per share increase for the first quarter," stated Ken C. Hicks, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc.

"These strong results reflect the hard work of our associates worldwide who drove sales gains by providing diligent customer service at the store level, while managing our inventories and operating expenses effectively.

"As a result of their efforts, our financial results reflect a 54 percent "flow-through" of incremental sales to increased pre-tax profit versus the first quarter of last year."

Financial Position

At the end of the first quarter, the Company's cash and short-term investments totaled $616 million. The Company's total cash position, net of debt, was $479 million, a $190 million improvement from the same time last year.

During the first quarter of 2010, the Company repurchased 500,000 shares of its common stock for $7.7 million under the Company's $250 million share repurchase program, which was approved by the Company's Board of Directors in February of this year.

Merchandise inventory at the end of the first quarter was $1,146 million, which was $91 million, or 7.4%, less than at the end of the same period last year.

Store Base Update

During the first quarter, the Company opened 14 new stores, remodeled or relocated 42 stores and closed 29 stores.

At May 1, 2010, the Company operated 3,485 stores in 21 countries in North America, Europe and Australia. In addition, 22 Foot Locker franchised stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea.

The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Friday, May 21, 2010 to discuss these results and the Company's near-term outlook. This conference call may be accessed live from the Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlocker-inc.com. The conference call will be available for webcast replay until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2010.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, but not limited to, such things as future capital expenditures, expansion, strategic plans, dividend payments, stock repurchases, growth of the Company's business and operations, including future cash flows, revenues and earnings, and other such matters are forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are based on many assumptions and factors detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the effects of currency fluctuations, customer demand, fashion trends, competitive market forces, uncertainties related to the effect of competitive products and pricing, customer acceptance of the Company's merchandise mix and retail locations, the Company's reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key vendor), pandemics and similar major health concerns, unseasonable weather, further deterioration of global financial markets, economic conditions worldwide, further deterioration of business and economic conditions, any changes in business, political and economic conditions due to the threat of future terrorist activities in the United States or in other parts of the world and related U.S. military action overseas, the ability of the Company to execute its business and strategic plans effectively with regard to each of its business units, and risks associated with foreign global sourcing, including political instability, changes in import regulations, and disruptions to transportation services and distribution.

Any changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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