West Marine Reports First Quarter 2005 Sales

West Marine, Inc. (Nasdaq:WMAR) today reported that net sales for the thirteen weeks ended April 2, 2005 were $125.6 million, a decrease of 2.8% from net sales of $129.2 million a year ago. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of 2005 decreased (6.6%), compared to strong comparable store sales of 10.2% reported for the first quarter a year ago.