Sports shoe retailer Finish Line Inc on Friday revealed a 219 per cent year-on-year surge in first quarter net income to $3.7 million amid a six per cent climb in sales to $170.6m from $160.8m in 2001.

The Indianapolis-based operator of 451 outlets said the increase was driven by a 310 basis point improvement in product margin compared to the year prior when the company was liquidating aged product under its repositioning plan.