Athletic retailer Foot Locker Inc has reported a 14.3 per cent increase in third-quarter sales to $1,365 million compared to $1,194m in the year-before period. Same-store sales in the quarter increased 1.2 per cent.

Sales for the first nine months increased 10.9 per cent to $3,820m from $3,445m in the same period last year. Comparable-store sales for the period increased 0.3 per cent.

Matthew Sera, chairman and chief executive officer said: "We are encouraged that our third quarter comparable-store sales improved versus the results generated during the first six months of the year.

"This improving comparable-store sales trend was largely driven by increases
at Champs Sports, Lady Foot Locker, and our international Foot Locker stores
in Canada and Australia."

Foot Locker Inc is a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 4,000 stores in North America, Europe andAustralia through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids FootLocker and Champs Sports retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customerchannel Footlocker.com/Eastbay.