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UPDATE: Finish Line Posts Upbeat Q1 Earnings, Shares Gain

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Shares of Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) gained more than 4% in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter earnings.

Finish Line's quarterly profit surged to $12.4 million, or $0.25 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $5.1 million, or $0.10 per share. Excluding certain items, it earned $0.28 per share.

Its sales climbed 16% to $406.5 million. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.21 per share on sales of $394 million.

Finish Line comparable store sales rose 5.0% in the period.

Finish Line's gross margin widened to 31.7% from 30.5%, while input costs increased 14% to $277.7 million.

Finish Line repurchased 700,000 shares of its common stock in the quarter.

The company's press release offered the following comment from Glenn Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer:

“We are very pleased with the strong start to fiscal 2015 we delivered in the first quarter.”

Finish Line also reaffirmed its forecast for the year.

Finish Line shares surged 4.70% to $30.52 in pre-market trading.

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