The management of Steven Madden predicts that its sales will grow this year by betweeb 7 and 9 percent after a second quarter in which they went up by 9.4 percent to $323.6 million. Wholesale revenues increased by 6.8 percent, while retail revenues jumped by 24 percent, with an increase of 18.5 percent on a same-store basis. The gross margin slipped by 0.3 percentage points to 35.9 percent. Net earnings declined by 12.5 percent to $24.5 million.