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First Quarter Earnings

Beaverton, OR (21 September, 2006) – NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today reported financial results for the first quarter, ended August 31, 2006. Revenue grew 9 percent to $4.2 billion, compared to $3.9 billion for the same period last year. Changes in currency exchange rates increased revenue growth by 2 percentage points for the quarter. First quarter net income declined 13 percent to $377.2 million, compared to $432.3 million in the prior year and diluted earnings per share declined 9 percent to $1.47, versus $1.61 last year. Results for the first quarter included a $40.8 million expense, net of taxes, related to the expensing of stock options, which reduced diluted earnings per share by $0.16. Excluding stock option expense first quarter net income declined 3 percent and diluted earnings per share increased 1 percent to $1.63.

Mark Parker, NIKE, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We’re off to a strong start. While making major brand investments to drive key markets and implementing new accounting rules to include stock option expenses, we continued to deliver strong top line growth and laid the foundation for another successful year. “We are confident in the year ahead, the fundamental strength of our business and our brands. We continue to deliver breakthrough innovations, like our global soccer initiative, Joga Bonito, and our Nike+ product concept. We also see significant momentum across our brand portfolio with strong performances from Converse, Brand Jordan and Nike Golf. “*

Futures Orders The Company reported worldwide futures orders for athletic footwear and apparel, scheduled for delivery from September 2006 through January 2007, totaling $5.2 billion, 6 percent higher than such orders reported for the same period last year. Changes in currency exchange rates did not significantly impact this growth.*

By region, futures orders for the U.S. increased 8 percent; Europe (which includes the Middle East and Africa) increased 2 percent; Asia Pacific grew 11 percent; and the Americas declined 4 percent. Changes in currency exchange rates increased the reported futures orders growth in Europe by 1 percentage point. Changes in currency exchange rates increased reported futures orders growth in Asia Pacific by 1 percentage point. In the Americas region changes in currency exchange rates decreased reported futures growth by 5 percentage points.*

Regional Highlights U.S. During the first quarter, U.S. revenues increased 6 percent to $1.6 billion versus $1.5 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2006. U.S. athletic footwear revenues increased 6 percent to $1.1 billion. Apparel revenues increased 9 percent to $431.5 million. Equipment revenues declined 1 percent to $91.3 million. U.S. pre-tax income declined 2 percent to $338.9 million.

Europe First quarter revenues for the European region grew 4 percent to $1.3 billion from $1.2 billion for the same period last year. Changes in currency exchange rates increased revenue growth by 3 percentage points. Footwear revenues were $679.5 million, down 1 percent from $685.1 million last year. Apparel revenues increased 12 percent to $487.0 million and equipment revenues increased 7 percent to $104.4 million. Pre-tax income declined 8 percent to $302.5 million.

Asia Pacific In the first quarter revenues in the Asia Pacific region grew 13 percent to $518.4 million compared to $459.6 million a year ago. Changes in currency exchange rates did not have a significant impact on revenue growth. Footwear revenues were up 12 percent to $266.0 million, apparel revenues increased 14 percent to $200.9 million and equipment revenues grew 13 percent to $51.5 million. Pre-tax income increased 8 percent to $98.9 million.

Americas Revenues in the Americas region increased 13 percent to $242.5 million, an improvement from $213.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2006. Currency exchange rates contributed 3 percentage points to this growth rate. Footwear revenues were up 10 percent to $172.3 million, apparel revenues increased 26 percent to $51.2 million and equipment revenues grew 18 percent to $19.0 million. Pre-tax income was up 9 percent to $48.4 million.

Other Businesses For the first quarter, Other business revenues, which include Converse Inc., NIKE Golf, NIKE Bauer Hockey Inc., Cole Haan Holdings Incorporated, Hurley International LLC and Exeter Brands Group LLC, grew 21 percent to $560.4 million from $462.3 million last year. Pre-tax income increased 120 percent to $87.9 million for the quarter.

During the first quarter the Company settled a previously disclosed arbitration ruling involving Converse and a former South American licensee. The final settlement was lower than the accrual, which resulted in a $14.2 million benefit to Other business pretax income and increased the Company’s diluted earnings per share for the first quarter by $0.03.

Income Statement Review Gross margins were 44.1 percent compared to 45.3 percent last year for the first quarter. Selling and administrative expenses were 30.8 percent of first quarter revenues, compared to 28.6 percent last year. The effective tax rate for the first quarter was 34.5 percent.

Balance Sheet Review At quarter end, global inventories stood at $2.1 billion, an increase of 15 percent from August 31, 2005. Cash and short-term investments were $1.7 billion at the end of the quarter, compared to $1.9 billion last year.

Share Repurchase During the first quarter, the Company purchased a total of 6,027,300 shares for approximately $476.7 million. During the quarter the Company completed its previous four-year $1.5 billion share repurchase program approved by the Board of Directors in June 2004 and started repurchasing shares under the Company’s new four-year $3 billion share repurchase program approved by the Board of Directors in June 2006. As of the end of the first quarter the Company had purchased 4,018,576 shares for approximately $314.1 million under the new plan.

About NIKE, Inc. NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; NIKE Bauer Hockey Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan Holdings Incorporated, a leading designer and marketer of luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel for the value retail channel.

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* The marked paragraphs contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in reports filed by NIKE with the S.E.C., including Forms 8-K, 10-Q, and 10-K. Some forward-looking statements in this release concern changes in futures orders that are not necessarily indicative of changes in total revenues for subsequent periods due to the mix of futures and “at once” orders, exchange rate fluctuations, order cancellations and discounts, which may vary significantly from quarter to quarter, and because a significant portion of the business does not report futures orders.

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