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For the quarter our comp sales in music were down 7% compared to CD sales for the industry that declined 24%. Music represents 36% of our business as compared to 37% last year. Comp store sales for electronics accessory and trend increased 5% on a combined basis and represented 15% of our business versus 13% last year. Comp store sales in our game category decreased 41% and represented 5% of our business as compared to 8% last year. During fiscal 2009, the company eliminated the game category in over 200 stores; at the end of the third quarter 135 of our stores carry games compared to 347 a year ago. John will now take you through the financial results for the third quarter. John.John Sullivan Thank you Bob, good morning. Our net loss for the quarter improved $6.2 million to $16.1 million from last year’s net loss of $22.3 million. The loss per share was $0.51 compared to $0.71 per share last year. Our gross margin rate for the quarter increased to 34.1% from 33.9% last year, a 20 basis point improvement. SG&A expenses were $56.2 million, a reduction of 22% versus a sales decline of 20%. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses were 43.7% this year versus 44.8% last year, an improvement of a 110 basis points. EBITDA was a loss of $12.3 million in the quarter versus $17.6 million last year, an improvement of $5.3 million. Net interest expense was $900,000 in the quarter versus $700,000 last year. At the end of the quarter, borrowings on our line of credit were $8.6 million which was $46.9 million less than last year's $55.5 million. We accomplish this through the management of working capital. Year-over-year, we lowered our inventory by $98 million. At quarter-end inventory position was $271 million versus last year's $369 million.
On a square foot basis, this was $76 a foot versus $83 last year. We continue to focus on managing our working capital needs in relation to the business trends and continue to maintain a strong financial position. During the quarter, we closed one store and we ended the quarter with 533 stores in operation and square feet totaling 3.6 million versus last year's 690 stores and square feet totaling 4.5 million. I will now turn it back to Bob to complete our comments.Bob Higgins Thank you John. We are well positioned for the all important holiday season. The line-up of new releases in music is stronger this year than last and we expect Blue Ray sales to drive the video category. We have created a stronger value statement to drive additional traffic across the lease line and improve conversion rates. Our associates continue to offer best-of-class customer service to compliment the broadest selection of music and video product available in any national retail chain. In this challenging time we’re effectively managing our working capital as evidenced by our inventory position at the end of the third quarter, and our lower borrowings under our credit facility. We’re also keeping our capital expenditures below $5 million for the year. Despite the sales decline during the third quarter, we’re able to reduce our EBITA loss versus last year, to improve gross margin and control of expenses and our balance sheet remains strong. I would like to thank our associates for their commitment to the company and our vendors for their continued support. We look forward to maximizing our financial results in the fourth quarter and I would now like to open up the call for questions. Question-and-Answer Session Operator Thank you ladies and - Bob Higgins Yes if you could open up the call I would appreciate it. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com