Foot Locker said third quarter earnings were hurt by weak sales in the U.S., though vulcanized lifestyle shoes, including Converse styles, were a bright spot.
U.S. same-store sales declined in the low double digits, each region was weak, and product sales for both genders fell, with women’s sales more challenging than men’s.
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European comps were flat and showed much improvement in October.
Foot Locker Canada declined in the low single digits, while the Asia/Pacific region posted a mid-single digit comp store gain.
Overall, total company sales declined 7.3% to $1.2 billion.
Foot Locker recorded a net loss of $6 million vs. a profit of $24 million a year earlier.
Excluding an impairment charge, the company had net income of $16 million in the third quarter of 2009.
Foot Locker owns 3,601 stores around the world.