updated 5/10/2010 2:47:57 PM ET 2010-05-10T18:47:57

Specialty wire and cable distributor Houston Wire & Cable Co. on Monday said its first-quarter net income fell 17 percent on a mix of lower demand and competitive pricing.

The company earned $1.7 million, or 10 cents per share, down from $2.1 million, or 12 cents per share, in the year-earlier period. Sales fell to $61.2 million from $65.8 million.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, expected profit of 13 cents per share on revenue of $64 million.

Shares of Houston Wire & Cable fell 44 cents, or 3.5 percent, to $11.99 in afternoon trading. The stock has traded between $8.56 and $14.76 over the past 52 weeks.

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