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Zumiez key sales figure falls 7.6 percent in Jan.

The Associated Press

Zumiez Inc., the sports clothing and shoe retailer, said Wednesday that revenue at stores open at least a year fell 7.6 percent in January.

That measure is considered a key indicator of a retailer's financial health because it strips away the impact of recently opened or closed stores.

Total sales fell 24 percent in January to $38.1 million from $50.3 million in the same month a year before.

Zumiez, which is based in Lynnwood, Wash., operates 551 stores under the Zumiez and Blue Tomato names.