Leading footwear retailer Footstar Inc on Thursday reported total sales for the four-week period ended November 24, of $186.9 million, slightly above the $186.7m posted in the year ago period.

Total sales in the company's athletic segment decreased 6.3 per cent to $64.6m from $68.9m, and total sales for the Meldisco division increased 3.9 per cent to $122.3m from $117.8m.

Footstar's comparable store sales for the month of November decreased 9.6 per cent. Comparable store sales for the athletic segment decreased 4.4 per cent, while Meldisco's comparable store sales dropped 12.6 per cent.

Mickey Robinson, chairman and chief executive officer, commented, "Footstar's results in the month of November reflected the effects of unseasonably warm weather, as well as the uncertain retail and economic environments.

"Sales at our Meldisco business in the fourth quarter are very sensitive to weather, when we count on seasonal conditions to drive sales of boots, slippers and other cold-weather products.

"This November the weather has been very mild with very little snowfall, compared with last year when we experienced significant snowfall in November, and a comparable store sales increase of 15.7 per cent.

"In our athletic segment, Just For Feet and our off mall Footaction locations performed well but were offset by lower then expected results in our mall-based Footaction business.

"Results at Meldisco and both athletic chains improved significantly in the last week of the month, particularly over the Thanksgiving weekend, and we are cautiously optimistic about our prospects for the important December holiday selling period."

Footstar operates 523 Footaction stores in 42 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, along with 88 Just For Feet superstores located predominantly in the Southern half of the country and 6,776 Meldisco licensed footwear departments across the country.