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Highest third quarter profit in Zumiez history, CEO
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Dec '10
Zumiez Inc, a leading specialty retailer of action sports related apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories, reported results for the third quarter ended October 30, 2010 and November 2010 sales results.

Total net sales for the third quarter (13 weeks) ended October 30, 2010 increased 20.0% to $135.9 million from $113.2 million reported in the third quarter (13 weeks) ended October 31, 2009. Comparable store sales for the third fiscal quarter of 2010 increased 14.4% vs. a decrease of 8.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Net income in the third quarter of 2010 increased 143% to $12.3 million, or $0.40 per diluted share from net income of $5.1 million, or $0.17 per diluted share in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Total net sales for the nine months (39 weeks) ended October 30, 2010 increased 17.3% to $322.7 million from $275.2 million reported for the nine months (39 weeks) ended October 31, 2009. Comparable store sales increased 11.3% in the first nine months of fiscal 2010 compared with a decrease of 13.6% for the first nine months of fiscal 2009. The Company posted net income of $9.2 million or $0.30 per diluted share in the first nine months of fiscal 2010 compared to net income in the first nine months of the prior fiscal year of $0.3 million or $0.01 per diluted share.

Results for the first nine months of fiscal 2010 include costs of $2.4 million, or approximately $0.05 per diluted share, associated with the relocation of the Company's distribution center, and $2.1 million, or approximately $0.04 per diluted share, for the settlement of a previously disclosed lawsuit. Results for the first nine months of fiscal 2009 include a charge of $1.3 million, or approximately $0.03 per diluted share, associated with the settlement of a previously disclosed lawsuit.

At October 30, 2010, the Company had cash and current marketable securities of $98.9 million compared to cash and current marketable securities of $81.8 million at October 31, 2009.

Rick Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Zumiez Inc., stated, "We are pleased our third quarter 2010 financial results exceeded our expectations resulting in the highest third quarter profit in our history. Our ongoing investments continue to differentiate the Zumiez shopping experience. Our unique assortment of brands, best in class customer service combined with compelling pricing strategies further distinguished our concept from the competition during back-to-school. We are pleased that the strength we saw in October has continued in November with same store sales again increasing over 20%."

November 2010 Sales
Total net sales for the four-week period ended November 27, 2010 increased 26.2% to $40.4 million, compared to $32.0 million for the four-week period ended November 28, 2009. The Company's comparable store sales increased 20.7% for the four-week period, versus a comparable store sales decrease of 8.5% in the year ago period.

2010 Outlook
The Company is introducing guidance for the three months ending January 29, 2011 of net income per diluted share of approximately $0.43 to $0.47. This guidance is based on an anticipated comparable store sales increase in the low double digit to mid teen range for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

We have opened all 27 new stores in fiscal 2010.

Zumiez Inc


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