First-quarter sales at Pep Boys - Manny, Moe and Jack were down, but profits were up, boosted by a $5.5 million gain from sale-leaseback transactions.
Comparable store sales - results from stores open at least a year - were down 5.6 percent, with particular sluggishness in the merchandise offering by the Philadelphia automotive parts, accessories and service business.
First quarter sales dropped to $498 million from $539.6 million the prior first quarter.
Net earnings increased to $4.7 million or 9 cents a diluted share, up from $3.2 million, or 6 cents per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2007. Pep Boys operates 560 stores and 6,000 service bays.