Sales also jumped, reaching $3.5 billion, or 10 percent better than the $3.1 billion in sales for the second quarter of 2004.

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BEAVERTON, Ore. — Nike Inc. said strong U.S. sales boosted profits 15 percent to $301 million in a record second quarter for the world’s largest athletic shoe and clothing company.

The results beat Wall Street predictions by more than a dime per share as Nike earned $1.14 per share for the period.

Sales also jumped, reaching $3.5 billion, or 10 percent better than the $3.1 billion in sales for the second quarter of 2004.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had predicted earnings of $1.03 per share on revenue of $3.437 billion.

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The Beaverton-based Nike earned 97 cents per share for the second quarter last year, when earnings were $262 million.

Nike CEO William Perez said the company also showed strong growth in China and Latin America, which helped balance “more challenging results in Western Europe and Japan.”

Future orders were strong, rising 2.5 percent to $5.2 billion compared to the same period last year.

Nike said the growth was 7 percent before taking into account currency exchange rates that “significantly reduced growth” compared to future orders in recent quarters.

Nike shares closed up $1.22, or 1.4 percent, to $88.48 on the New York Stock Exchange before its earnings report was released. In after-hours trading, Nike shares slid $3.68, or 4.2 percent, to $84.80.