Lead by holiday apparel sales, Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. reported an increase Tuesday of 4 percent in fourth quarter same-store sales, a key retail industry measure.

The same store sales increase spurred am 8 percent increase in fourth quarter net income of $7.8 million (34 cents per share), up from $7.2 million (32 cents) for the same period a year earlier.

Quarterly sales for the El Segundo-based sporting goods retailer also increased 7 percent to $235 million, slightly below analysts' expectations of $238 million, according to Thompson financial.

For the year, net income was up 7 percent to $21.2 million (93 cents) while net sales increased 8 percent to $877 million. Same store sales increased 4 percent for the year.

Shares in Big 5 were down 14 cents to $24.26 in midday trading Tuesday. The company operates 343 stores in 10 Western states.

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