Company execs citied a decrease in sales, product-marginpressure resulting from a more promotional environment, andnegative leverage on occupancy costs and selling, general andadministrative expenses. The company noted that its violations ofCalifornia wage and hour laws dented SG&A results by $1.5million of 2 cents per share after taxes.

During the quarter, Finish Line's net sales increased 9% to$341.6 million from net sales of $312.2 million during the sameperiod last year. Comparable store sales for the quarter fell 2%compared to an increase of 6% during the same period a yearago.

Year-to-date, net sales rang in at $632.9 million, an increaseof 11% over net sales of $570.1 million reported last year, whilecomparable store net sales were flat compared to the 10% increasereported for the first half of last year.

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