UPDATE: Foot Locker earnings fall short after weak start to February

05/19/17 07:53 AM EDT

Foot Locker Inc. shares (FL) tumbled 8% in premarket trade Friday, after the sporting goods retailer posted weaker-than-expected earnings for the first quarter. Foot Locker said it had net income of $180 million, or $1.36 a share, in the first quarter, down from $191 million, or 1.39 a share, in the year-earlier period. The sports goods retailer said sales rose 0.7% to $2.00 billion. The FactSet consensus was for EPS of $1.38 and sales of $2.02 billion. Same-store sales rose 0.5%, also below the FactSet consensus of up 1.4%. "The first quarter was one of our most profitable quarters ever, but it did fall short of our original expectations," Chief Executive Richard Johnson said in a statement. "The slow start we experienced in February, which we believe was largely due to the delay in income tax refunds, was unfortunately not fully offset by much stronger sales in March and April." Shares were down 0.6% in 2017 through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 5%.

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