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                             FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)                               
  [X]        Quarterly Report Pursuant To
               Section 13 or 15(d) of the
          Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                        For Quarter Ended
                         November 1, 1997

  [ ]       Transition Report Pursuant To
               Section 13 or 15(d) of the
          Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Securities and Exchange Commission
                   Washington, D.C. 20549
               Commission File No. 1-3083

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                                           GENESCO INC.
                                           A Tennessee Corporation
                                           I.R.S. No. 62-0211340
                                           Genesco Park
                                           1415 Murfreesboro Road
                                           Nashville, Tennessee 37217-2895
                                           Telephone 615/367-7000

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                                           Indicate by check mark whether the
                                           registrant (1) has filed all reports
                                           required to be filed by Section 13 or
                                           15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act
                                           of 1934 during the preceding 12
                                           months (or such shorter period that
                                           the registrant was required to file
                                           such reports with the commission) and
                                           (2) has been subject to such filing 
                                           requirements for the past 90 days.
                                           Yes x     No
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Common Shares Outstanding December 5, 1997 - 25,770,895

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INDEX
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<CAPTION>
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<S>                                                                                                            <C>

Part 1 - Financial Information                                                                                   3
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Consolidated Balance Sheet - November 1, 1997, February 1, 1997 and November 2, 1996                             3
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Consolidated Earnings - Three Months Ended and Nine Months Ended November 1, 1997
   and Three Months Ended and Nine Months Ended November 2, 1996                                                 4
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Consolidated Cash Flows - Three Months Ended and Nine Months Ended November 1, 1997
   and Three Months Ended and Nine Months Ended November 2, 1996                                                 5
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Consolidated Shareholders' Equity - Year Ended February 1, 1997 and Nine Months Ended November 1, 1997           6
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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements                                                                       7

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Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations                           15
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Part II - Other Information                                                                                     26
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Signature                                                                                                       27
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                         PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
                         GENESCO INC.
                         AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                         Consolidated Balance Sheet
                         In Thousands


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                              NOVEMBER 1,             FEBRUARY 1,           NOVEMBER 2,
                                                                     1997                    1997                  1996
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<S>                                                            <C>                     <C>                   <C>       
ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and short-term investments                                $   13,167              $   43,375            $   25,182
Accounts receivable                                                41,612                  34,389                40,635
Inventories                                                       128,641                  95,884               103,620
Other current assets                                                4,590                   4,509                 4,130
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Total current assets                                              188,010                 178,157               173,567
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Plant, equipment and capital leases, net                           44,022                  34,471                31,909
Other noncurrent assets                                             8,349                   9,026                11,988
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TOTAL ASSETS                                                    $ 240,381               $ 221,654             $ 217,464
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
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CURRENT LIABILITIES

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                       $   58,092               $  65,331              $ 57,004
Current payments on capital leases                                    355                     768                   839
Provision for discontinued operations                               2,995                   3,263                 3,696
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Total current liabilities                                          61,442                  69,362                61,539
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Long-term debt                                                     75,000                  75,000                75,000
Capital leases                                                         50                     717                   899
Other long-term liabilities                                        12,394                  11,172                23,931
Provision for discontinued operations                              10,886                  11,613                12,084
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Total liabilities                                                 159,772                 167,864               173,453
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Contingent liabilities (see Note 7)                                     -                       -                     -
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Non-redeemable preferred stock                                    7,938                   7,944                 7,963
  Common shareholders' equity:
     Par value of issued shares                                    26,243                  25,195                25,167
     Additional paid-in capital                                   132,724                 122,615               122,551
     Accumulated deficit                                          (68,439)                (84,107)              (85,569)
     Minimum pension liability adjustment                             -0-                     -0-                (8,244)
     Treasury shares, at cost                                     (17,857)                (17,857)              (17,857)
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Total shareholders' equity                                         80,609                  53,790                44,011
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TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                      $ 240,381               $ 221,654             $ 217,464
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</TABLE>


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Financial Statements.



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                                  GENESCO INC.
                                  AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                                  Consolidated Earnings
                                  In Thousands


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                 THREE MONTHS ENDED                  NINE MONTHS ENDED
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                                                      NOVEMBER 1,       NOVEMBER 2,       NOVEMBER 1,      NOVEMBER 2,
                                                             1997              1996              1997             1996
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<S>                                                      <C>               <C>               <C>              <C>     
Net sales                                                $147,046          $124,109          $381,255         $327,283
Cost of sales                                              86,387            72,921           223,596          194,694
Selling and administrative expenses                        48,361            41,120           134,900          115,315
Restructuring income and other charges, net                   -0-             1,693              (275)           1,693
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Earnings from operations before
   other income and expenses                               12,298             8,375            23,034           15,581
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Other expenses (income):
   Interest expense                                         2,541             2,556             7,614            7,729
   Interest income                                           (160)             (264)             (937)          (1,126)
   Other expense (income)                                     340                90               404              233
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Total other (income) expenses, net                          2,721             2,382             7,081            6,836
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Earnings before income taxes,
   discontinued operations and
   extraordinary loss                                       9,577             5,993            15,953            8,745
Income taxes (benefit)                                         55                90               116             (347)
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Earnings before discontinued operations
   and extraordinary loss                                   9,522             5,903            15,837            9,092
Discontinued operations                                       -0-               -0-               -0-             (150)
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Earnings before extraordinary loss                          9,522             5,903            15,837            8,942
Extraordinary loss from
   early retirement of debt                                  (169)              -0-              (169)             -0-
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NET EARNINGS                                             $  9,353          $  5,903          $ 15,668         $  8,942
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Earnings per share:

   Earnings before discontinued operations
      and extraordinary loss                             $    .35          $    .23          $    .58         $    .35
   Discontinued operations                               $    .00          $    .00          $    .00         $   (.01)
   Extraordinary loss                                    $   (.01)         $    .00          $   (.01)        $    .00
   Net earnings                                          $    .34          $    .23          $    .57         $    .34
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</TABLE>


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Financial Statements.



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                                  GENESCO INC.
                                  AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                                  Consolidated Cash Flows
                                  In Thousands


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                           THREE MONTHS ENDED                  NINE MONTHS ENDED
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                                                                 NOVEMBER 1,      NOVEMBER 2,       NOVEMBER 1,      NOVEMBER 2,
                                                                        1997             1996              1997             1996
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<S>                                                               <C>              <C>              <C>               <C>       
OPERATIONS:
Net earnings                                                      $    9,353       $    5,903       $    15,668       $    8,942
Noncash charges to earnings:
   Depreciation and amortization                                       2,217            1,946             6,647            5,703
   Provision for deferred income taxes                                   -0-              -0-              (687)             -0-
   Provision for losses on accounts receivable                            63              373             1,114            1,974
   Impairment of long-lived assets and other charges                     -0-              -0-               831              -0-
   Loss on retirement of debt                                            169              -0-               169              -0-
   Restructuring charge (credit)                                         -0-            1,693            (1,106)           1,693
   Provision for discontinued operations                                 -0-              -0-               -0-              150
   Other                                                                 286              214               924              649
Effect on cash of changes in working capital and other 
   assets and liabilities:
      Accounts receivable                                             (5,937)          (5,619)           (8,337)         (10,474)
      Inventories                                                     (5,175)          (9,163)          (32,757)         (18,690)
      Other current assets                                              (773)            (433)              (81)             187
      Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                        (1,261)           6,926               254           11,765
      Other assets and liabilities                                       278           (3,320)              375           (2,561)
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Net cash used in operations                                             (780)          (1,480)          (16,986)            (662)
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INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
   Capital expenditures                                               (5,066)          (4,174)          (17,603)          (9,912)
   Proceeds from asset sales                                               1               (1)              193               39
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Net cash used in investing activities                                 (5,065)          (4,175)          (17,410)          (9,873)
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FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
   Payments on capital leases                                           (156)            (293)           (1,080)            (968)
   Exercise of stock options and related income tax benefits             654              570             4,378            1,139
   Other                                                                 890              -0-               890               (4)
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Net cash provided by financing activities                              1,388              277             4,188              167
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NET CASH FLOW                                                         (4,457)          (5,378)          (30,208)         (10,368)
Cash and short-term investments at
   beginning of period                                                17,624           30,560            43,375           35,550
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CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS AT END OF PERIOD                    $ 13,167        $  25,182         $  13,167        $  25,182
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SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Net cash paid (received) for:
   Interest                                                         $    534        $     324         $   9,094        $   9,176
   Income taxes                                                           22                4               105             (467)
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The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Financial Statements.



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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Consolidated Shareholders' Equity
                          In Thousands


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
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                                              TOTAL                                                             MINIMUM       TOTAL
                                     NON-REDEEMABLE                                                             PENSION      SHARE-
                                          PREFERRED       COMMON     PAID-IN     ACCUMULATED    TREASURY      LIABILITY    HOLDERS'
                                              STOCK        STOCK     CAPITAL         DEFICIT       STOCK     ADJUSTMENT      EQUITY
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<S>                                  <C>               <C>         <C>            <C>          <C>            <C>         <C>      
Balance January 31, 1996                  $   7,958    $  24,844   $ 121,715      $  (94,511)  $ (17,857)     $  (8,244)  $  33,905
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Exercise of options                             -0-          187         455             -0-         -0-            -0-         642
Issue shares - Employee Stock Purchase Plan     -0-          161         399             -0-         -0-            -0-         560
Net earnings                                    -0-          -0-         -0-          10,404         -0-            -0-      10,404
Minimum pension liability adjustment            -0-          -0-         -0-             -0-         -0-          8,244       8,244
Other                                           (14)           3          46             -0-         -0-            -0-          35
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Balance February 1, 1997                  $   7,944    $  25,195   $ 122,615      $  (84,107)  $ (17,857)     $     -0-   $  53,790
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Net earnings                                    -0-          -0-         -0-          15,668         -0-            -0-      15,668
Exercise of options                             -0-          437       2,689             -0-         -0-            -0-       3,126
Issue shares - litigation settlement            -0-          525       6,175             -0-         -0-            -0-       6,700
Tax effect of exercise of stock options         -0-          -0-         687             -0-         -0-            -0-         687
Issue shares - Employee Stock Purchase Plan     -0-          -0-         496             -0-         -0-            -0-         496
Other                                            (6)          86          62             -0-         -0-            -0-         142
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BALANCE NOVEMBER 1, 1997                  $   7,938    $  26,243   $ 132,724      $   68,439   $ (17,857)     $     -0-   $  80,609
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</TABLE>


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Financial Statements.



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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 1

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
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INTERIM STATEMENTS

The consolidated financial statements contained in this report are unaudited but
reflect all adjustments, consisting of only normal recurring adjustments,
necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods of the
fiscal year ending January 31, 1998 ("Fiscal 1998") and of the fiscal year ended
February 1, 1997 ("Fiscal 1997"). The results of operations for any interim
period are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year. The
financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements
and notes thereto included in the annual report on Form 10-K.

NATURE OF OPERATIONS

The Company's businesses include the manufacture or sourcing, marketing and
distribution of footwear under the Johnston & Murphy, Laredo, Code West, Larry
Mahan, Dockers and Nautica brands, the tanning and distribution of leather by
the Volunteer Leather division and the operation of Jarman, Journeys, Johnston &
Murphy, Boot Factory and General Shoe Warehouse retail footwear stores.

BASIS OF PRESENTATION

All subsidiaries are included in the consolidated financial statements. All
significant intercompany transactions and accounts have been eliminated.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted
accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that
affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of
contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and
the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.
Actual results could differ from those estimates.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT RECLASSIFICATIONS

Certain reclassifications have been made to conform prior years' data to the
current presentation.

CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS

Included in cash and short-term investments at February 1, 1997 and November 1,
1997, are short-term investments of $38.1 million and $ 7.7 million,
respectively. Short-term investments are highly-liquid debt instruments having
an original maturity of three months or less.

INVENTORIES

Inventories of wholesaling and manufacturing companies are stated at the lower
of cost or market, with cost determined principally by the first-in, first-out
method. Retail inventories are determined by the retail method.

PLANT, EQUIPMENT AND CAPITAL LEASES

Plant, equipment and capital leases are recorded at cost and depreciated or
amortized over the estimated useful life of related assets. Depreciation and
amortization expense are computed principally by the straight-line method.




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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 1

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES, CONTINUED
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The Company periodically assesses the realizability of its long-lived assets and
evaluates such assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances
indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. Asset
impairment is determined to exist if estimated future cash flows, undiscounted
and without interest charges, are less than carrying amount.

HEDGING CONTRACTS

In order to reduce exposure to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations in
connection with inventory purchase commitments, the Company enters into foreign
currency forward exchange contracts for Italian Lira. At February 1, 1997 and
November 1, 1997, the Company had approximately $18.8 million and $11.5 million,
respectively, of such contracts outstanding. Forward exchange contracts have an
average term of approximately four months. Gains and losses arising from these
contracts offset gains and losses from the underlying hedged transactions. The
Company monitors the credit quality of the major national and regional financial
institutions with whom it enters into such contracts.

POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS

Substantially all full-time employees are covered by a defined benefit pension
plan. The Company also provides certain former employees with limited medical
and life insurance benefits. The Company funds at least the minimum amount
required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

In accordance with SFAS 106, postretirement benefits such as life insurance and
health care are accrued over the period the employee provides services to the
Company.

ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS

Environmental expenditures relating to current operations are expensed or
capitalized as appropriate. Expenditures relating to an existing condition
caused by past operations, and which do not contribute to current or future
revenue generation, are expensed. Liabilities are recorded when environmental
assessments and/or remedial efforts are probable and the costs can be reasonably
estimated and are evaluated independently of any future claims for recovery.
Generally, the timing of these accruals coincides with completion of a
feasibility study or the Company's commitment to a formal plan of action. Costs
of future expenditures for environmental remediation obligations are not
discounted to their present value.

INCOME TAXES

Deferred income taxes are provided for all temporary differences and operating
loss and tax credit carryforwards limited, in the case of deferred tax assets,
to the amount of taxes recoverable from taxes paid in the current or prior
years.




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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 2

RESTRUCTURING GAIN, ASSET IMPAIRMENT AND OTHER CHARGES
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During the second quarter of Fiscal 1998 the Company recorded a restructuring
gain of $1.1 million and losses from an asset impairment and other charges of
$0.8 million resulting in a net gain of $0.3 million reported in the income
statement. The restructuring gain relates to both the Manufacturing
Restructuring and a restructuring plan adopted in the third quarter of Fiscal
1995 (the "1995 Restructuring") and relates primarily to the selling of one
facility and cancellation of leases on two facilities (including one facility
included in the 1995 Restructuring) more quickly and on more favorable terms
than contemplated when the reserves were established.

The asset impairment and other charges arose from the decrease in production in
one of the Company's western boot plants in response to the continued weakness
in the western boot market. The asset impairment and other charges related to
excess equipment, including $0.1 million of equipment covered by operating
leases. The Company expects only negligible recovery on the sale of the excess
equipment.

NOTE 3

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
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<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                             NOVEMBER 1,                FEBRUARY 1,
IN THOUSANDS                                                                        1997                       1997
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<S>                                                                             <C>                        <C>     
Trade accounts receivable                                                       $ 43,736                   $ 32,721
Miscellaneous receivables                                                          4,602                      6,960
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Total receivables                                                                 48,338                     39,681
Allowance for bad debts                                                           (3,959)                    (3,353)
Other allowances                                                                  (2,767)                    (1,939)
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NET ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE                                                         $ 41,612                   $ 34,389
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</TABLE>


The Company's footwear wholesaling business sells primarily to independent
retailers and department stores across the United States. Receivables arising
from these sales are not collateralized. Credit risk is affected by conditions
or occurrences within the economy and the retail industry. The Company
establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts based upon factors surrounding
the credit risk of specific customers, historical trends and other information.
No single customer accounted for more than 7% of the Company's trade receivables
balance as of November 1, 1997.



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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 4

INVENTORIES

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<CAPTION>
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                                                                             NOVEMBER 1,           FEBRUARY 1,
IN THOUSANDS                                                                        1997                  1997
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<S>                                                                           <C>                   <C>       
Raw materials                                                                 $    7,219            $    8,870
Work in process                                                                    2,845                 3,333
Finished goods                                                                    32,471                29,270
Retail merchandise                                                                86,106                54,411
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TOTAL INVENTORIES                                                             $  128,641             $  95,884
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</TABLE>



NOTE 5

PLANT, EQUIPMENT AND CAPITAL LEASES, NET

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
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                                                                             NOVEMBER 1,           FEBRUARY 1,
IN THOUSANDS                                                                        1997                  1997
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<S>                                                                           <C>                   <C>       
Plant and equipment:
   Land                                                                      $       277           $       241
   Buildings and building equipment                                                2,546                 2,552
   Machinery, furniture and fixtures                                              38,627                37,522
   Construction in progress                                                        4,694                 3,130
   Improvements to leased property                                                49,526                42,734
Capital leases:
   Land                                                                              -0-                    60
   Buildings                                                                       1,191                 1,904
   Machinery, furniture and fixtures                                               6,745                 7,285
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Plant, equipment and capital leases, at cost                                     103,606                95,428
Accumulated depreciation and amortization:
   Plant and equipment                                                           (52,487)              (53,241)
   Capital leases                                                                 (7,097)               (7,716)
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NET PLANT, EQUIPMENT AND CAPITAL LEASES                                       $   44,022             $  34,471
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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 6

PROVISION FOR DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS AND RESTRUCTURING RESERVES
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<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
PROVISION FOR DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
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                                                          EMPLOYEE              FACILITY
                                                           RELATED              SHUTDOWN
IN THOUSANDS                                                 COSTS                 COSTS             OTHER               TOTAL
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<S>                                                        <C>                  <C>               <C>                  <C>   
Balance February 1, 1997                                   $13,356              $    -0-          $  1,520             $14,876
Charges and adjustments, net                                  (875)                  -0-              (120)               (995)
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Balance November 1, 1997                                    12,481                   -0-             1,400              13,881
Current portion                                              1,785                   -0-             1,210               2,995
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Total Noncurrent Provision For
  Discontinued Operations                                  $10,696              $    -0-          $    190             $10,886
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</TABLE>



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
RESTRUCTURING RESERVES
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                                                          EMPLOYEE              FACILITY
                                                           RELATED              SHUTDOWN
IN THOUSANDS                                                 COSTS                 COSTS             OTHER               TOTAL
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<S>                                                        <C>                  <C>               <C>                  <C>   
Balance February 1, 1997                                 $     672              $  1,637          $    369            $  2,678
Charges and adjustments, net                                  (536)                 (800)             (355)             (1,691)
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Balance November 1, 1997                                       136                   837                14                 987
Current portion (included in accounts
   payable and accrued liabilities)                            136                   772                14                 922
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Total Noncurrent Restructuring Reserves
   (included in other long-term liabilities)             $     -0-              $     65          $    -0-            $     65
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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 7

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
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New York State Environmental Proceedings

The Company is a defendant in two separate civil actions filed by the State of
New York; one against the City of Gloversville, New York, and 33 other private
defendants and the other against the City of Johnstown, New York, and 14 other
private defendants. In addition, third party complaints and cross claims have
been filed against numerous other entities, including the Company, in both
actions. These actions arise out of the alleged disposal of certain hazardous
material directly or indirectly in municipal landfills. The complaints allege
that the defendants, together with other contributors to the municipal
landfills, are liable under a federal environmental statute and certain common
law theories for the costs of investigating and performing remedial actions
required to be taken with respect to the landfills and damages to the natural
resources.

In March 1997, the Company accepted an offer to settle the Johnstown action for
a payment of $31,000 and is now awaiting entry of an acceptable consent order
and dismissal of that action. The Company remains a defendant in the
Gloversville action. The environmental authorities have issued decisions
selecting plans of remediation with respect to the Gloversville site with a
total estimated cost of approximately $10.0 million.

The Company has filed answers to the complaint in the Gloversville case denying
liability and asserting numerous defenses. Because of uncertainties related to
the ability or willingness of the other defendants, including the municipalities
involved, to pay a portion of future remediation costs, the availability of
State funding to pay a portion of future remediation costs, the insurance
coverage available to the various defendants, the applicability of joint and
several liability and the basis for contribution claims among the defendants,
management is unable to predict the outcome of the Gloversville action. However,
management does not presently expect the Gloversville action to have a material
effect on its financial condition or results of operations.



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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 7

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, CONTINUED
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The Company has received notice from the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (the "Department") that it deems remedial action to
be necessary with respect to certain contaminants in the vicinity of a knitting
mill operated by a former subsidiary of the Company from 1965 to 1969, and that
it considers the Company a potentially responsible party. In August 1997, the
Department and the Company entered into a consent order whereby the Company
assumed responsibility for conducting a remedial investigation and feasibility
study ("RIFS") and implementing an interim remediation measure with regard to
the site, without admitting liability or accepting responsibility for any future
remediation of the site. The Company believes that it has adequately reserved
for the costs of conducting the RIFS and implementing the interim remedial
measure contemplated by the consent order, but there is no assurance that the
consent order will ultimately resolve the matter. In conjunction with the
consent order, the Company entered into an agreement with the owner of the site
providing for necessary access to the site. The Company has not ascertained what
responsibility, if any, it has for any contamination in connection with the
facility or what other parties may be liable in that connection and is unable to
predict whether its liability, if any, beyond that voluntarily assumed by the
consent order will have a material effect on its financial condition or results
of operations.

Whitehall Environmental Sampling

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ("MDEQ") has performed sampling
and analysis of soil, sediments, surface water, groundwater and waste management
areas at the Company's Volunteer Leather Company facility in Whitehall,
Michigan. MDEQ advised the Company that it would review the results of the
analysis for possible referral to the EPA for action under the Comprehensive
Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act. However, the Company is
cooperating with MDEQ and has been advised by MDEQ that no EPA referral is
presently contemplated. Neither MDEQ nor the EPA has threatened or commenced any
enforcement action. In response to the testing data, the Company submitted and
MDEQ approved a work plan, pursuant to which a hydrogeological study was
completed and submitted to MDEQ in March 1996. Additional studies regarding
wastes on-site, groundwater and adjoining lake sediments have been performed and
will serve as a basis for the Company's remedial action plan for the site.
Although there can be no assurance that MDEQ will not require a more costly
remediation than the Company anticipates, the Company does not presently expect
that implementation of the plan will have a material effect on its financial
condition or results of operations.




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                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 7

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, CONTINUED
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Other Legal Proceedings

On October 6, 1995, a prior holder of a license to manufacture and market
western boots and other products under a trademark now licensed to the Company
filed an action in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas against the
Company and a contract manufacturer alleging tortious interference with a
business relationship, breach of contract, tortious interference with a
contract, breach of a confidential relationship and civil conspiracy based on
the Company's entry into the license and seeking damages of $20 million. The
Company filed an answer denying all the material allegations of the plaintiff's
complaint. The Company has also filed motions to dismiss the case based upon the
plaintiff's inability to demonstrate damages caused by the Company's alleged
acts and upon the ruling of another court that the plaintiff's license had been
properly terminated prior to the Company's entry into its license. While there
can be no assurance of success either on the motions to dismiss or, if the case
is not dismissed, at trial, the Company does not presently expect the litigation
to have a material effect upon its financial condition or results of operations.

On August 8, 1997, the trustee in bankruptcy of a Texas boot retailer filed an
action in Texas state court against the Company and an unrelated boot wholesaler
and retail chain alleging violations of a Texas antitrust statute and breach of
contract by the Company. The trustee's allegations against the Company involve
its decision not to consign additional boot inventories to the bankrupt retailer
for its liquidation sale. The complaint seeks damages in an unspecified amount.
The Company is presently unable to predict whether the action will have a
material effect on its financial condition or results of operations.




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                GENESCO INC.
                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
 
               Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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This discussion and the notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements include
certain forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from
those reflected by the forward-looking statements in the discussion and a number
of factors may adversely affect future results, liquidity and capital resources.
These factors include softness in the general retail environment, particularly
as it may result in changing buying patterns by customers of the Company's
wholesale divisions, the timing and acceptance of products being introduced to
the market, international trade developments affecting foreign sourcing of
products, the outcome of various litigation and environmental contingencies,
including those discussed in Note 7 to the Consolidated Financial Statements,
the solvency of the retail customers of the Company, the level of margins
achievable in the marketplace and the ability to minimize operating expenses and
to deal with changes in markets for the Company's products, including the market
for tanned leather used in military footwear. The continuing weakening of the
western boot market has caused declining sales in the Company's western boot
business and erosion of its retail customer base, leading to the Manufacturing
Restructuring, asset impairment and other charges discussed below. The Company
is presently reviewing its options for further actions to address the weakness
of the western boot business. These include further reductions in manufacturing
capacity and other steps designed to reduce costs to a level consistent with
lower sales expectations, divestiture or liquidation of the business, a
strategic alliance such as joint venture with another western boot marketer or
some combination of these options. Although the Company believes it has an
appropriate business strategy and the resources necessary for its operations,
future revenue and margin trends cannot be reliably predicted and the Company
may further alter its business strategies during the balance of Fiscal 1998.

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

Revolving Credit Agreement

On September 24, 1997, the Company entered into a revolving credit agreement
with three banks providing for loans or letters of credit of up to $65 million.
The agreement expires September 24, 2002. This agreement replaced a $35 million
revolving credit agreement with two banks that was to expire January 5, 1999
providing for loans or letters of credit. In connection with the cancellation of
the old revolving credit agreement, the Company recorded an extraordinary loss
of $169,000 ($.01 per share) for the third quarter ended November 1, 1997. See
"Liquidity and Capital Resources."

Manufacturing Restructuring

In response to the continued weakening of the western boot market, the Company
approved a plan (the "Manufacturing Restructuring"), in the third quarter of
Fiscal 1997 to realign its manufacturing operations as part of an overall
strategy to focus on marketing and global sourcing. The plan included closing
the Company's Hohenwald, Tennessee, western boot plant by July 1997, with the
elimination of approximately 190 jobs. The plant was closed in April 1997. In
connection with the adoption of the plan, the Company recorded a charge to
earnings in the third quarter of Fiscal 1997 of $1.7 million, including $0.5
million in asset write-downs of the plant and excess equipment to estimated
market value and $1.2 million of other costs. Included in other costs is
employee severance, facility shutdown and lease costs of which the Company has
spent $0.7 million through 






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                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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November 1, 1997. After adjustment for the restructuring gain described below,
$0.1 million of other costs remains to be spent.

Restructuring Gain, Asset Impairment and Other Charges

During the second quarter of Fiscal 1998 the Company recorded a restructuring
gain of $1.1 million and losses from an asset impairment and other charges of
$0.8 million resulting in a net gain of $0.3 million reported in the income
statement. The restructuring gain relates to both the Manufacturing
Restructuring and a restructuring plan adopted in the third quarter of Fiscal
1995 (the "1995 Restructuring") and relates primarily to the selling of one
facility and cancellation of leases on two facilities (including one facility
included in the 1995 Restructuring) more quickly and on more favorable terms
than contemplated when the reserves were established.

The asset impairment and other charges arose from the decrease in production in
one of the Company's western boot plants in response to the continued weakness
in the western boot market. The asset impairment and other charges related to
excess equipment, including $0.1 million of equipment covered by operating
leases. The Company expects only negligible recovery on the sale of the excess
equipment.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 1998 COMPARED TO FISCAL 1997

The Company's net sales in the third quarter ended November 1, 1997, increased
18.5% from the previous year. Total gross margin for the quarter increased 18.5%
and increased slightly as a percentage of net sales from 41.2% to 41.3%. Selling
and administrative expenses increased 17.6% but decreased as a percentage of net
sales from 33.1% to 32.9%. Pretax earnings in the third quarter ended November
1, 1997 were $9.6 million, compared to pretax earnings of $6.0 million for the
quarter ended November 2, 1996. Pretax earnings for the third quarter ended
November 2, 1996 included the $1.7 million manufacturing restructuring charge
discussed above. The Company reported net earnings of $9.4 million ($0.34 per
share) for the third quarter ended November 1, 1997 compared to net earnings of
$5.9 million ($0.23 per share) in the third quarter ended November 2, 1996. Net
earnings for the third quarter ended November 1, 1997 included an extraordinary
charge of $169,000 ($.01 per share) for the early retirement of debt discussed
above.

Footwear Retail


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                              -------------------------- 
                                                                Nov. 1,        Nov. 2,             %
                                                                 1997           1996             Change
                                                              -----------    -----------         ------
                                                                    (In Thousands)

     <S>                                                      <C>            <C>                  <C>  
      Net Sales...............................................   $ 91,403    $    71,143          28.5%
      Operating Income........................................   $ 11,063    $     7,055          56.8%
      Operating Margin........................................       12.1%           9.9%
</TABLE>






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                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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Primarily due to increases in comparable store sales of approximately 10% and a
18% increase in average retail stores operated, net sales from footwear retail
operations increased 28.5% in the quarter ended November 1, 1997 compared to the
previous year. The average price per pair decreased 1% while unit sales
increased 32% for the third quarter of Fiscal 1998.

The Company's comparable store sales and store count for the third quarter were
as follows:


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                        Store Count
                                                                                     -------------------
                                                                                     Nov. 1,      Nov. 2,
                                                                   Comp Sales         1997         1996
                                                                   ----------         ----         ----

          <S>                                                      <C>                <C>          <C>
         Jarman Retail                                                +8%              154          143
         Jarman Lease                                                 +8%               86           84
         Journeys                                                    +15%              170          109
         Johnston & Murphy (including factory stores)                +10%              125          116
         Other Outlet Stores                                          +3%               41           40
                                                                                      ----         ----
         Total Retail                                                +10%              576          492
                                                                                       ===          ===
</TABLE>


The Jarman Lease comparable store increase was aided by a 3% increase in the
average square footage due to remodeling.

Gross margin as a percentage of net sales decreased from 49.9% to 49.3%,
primarily from changes in product mix to more branded products and increased
markdowns to stimulate sales. Operating expenses increased 18.9%, primarily due
to the 18% increase in average stores operated, which caused increased rent
expense and selling salaries expense. In addition, divisional management
expenses increased to support new store growth. Overall operating expenses
decreased as a percentage of net sales from 39.9% to 36.9%.

Operating income for the third quarter ended November 1, 1997 was up 56.8%
compared to the same period last year due to increased sales and the lower
expenses as a percentage of sales.



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                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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Footwear Wholesale & Manufacturing


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                Three Months Ended
                                                             ----------------------------
                                                                Nov. 1,         Nov. 2,           %
                                                                 1997            1996             Change
                                                             ------------      ----------         ------
                                                               (In Thousands)

      <S>                                                     <C>              <C>               <C> 
      Net Sales.............................................  $    55,643       $ 52,966            5.1%
      Operating Income......................................  $     3,785       $  3,666            3.2%
      Operating Margin......................................          6.8%           6.9%
</TABLE>


Net sales from footwear wholesale and manufacturing operations were $2.7 million
(5.1%) higher, in the third quarter ended November 1, 1997 than in the same
period last year, reflecting primarily increased men's branded footwear sales,
which more than offset the continuing trend of decreased sales of western boots,
attributable to both lower unit sales and lower prices.

Gross margin in the third quarter ended November 1, 1997 decreased 0.3%, and
decreased as a percentage of net sales from 29.6% to 28.1%, primarily from
increased markdowns to stimulate sales principally in the Company's boot
division.

Operating expenses increased 13.9% and increased as a percentage of net sales
from 19.5% to 21.1%, primarily due to higher divisional administrative expenses
to support the expected growth in the branded businesses and increased royalty
expenses, from increased sales and higher royalty rates.

Operating income for the quarter ended November 2, 1996 included a $1.7 million
manufacturing restructuring charge. Operating income, excluding the $1.7 million
restructuring charge, decreased 29.4% primarily due to the continued weakness in
the Company's western boot division.

Corporate and Interest Expenses

Corporate and other expenses in the third quarter ended November 1, 1997 were
$2.9 million compared to $2.4 million for the same period last year, an increase
of 19%. The increase in corporate expenses is attributable primarily to
increased compensation expense, including performance-related stock based
compensation and increased bonus accruals based on the Company's increased
earnings.

Interest expense was flat with last year and interest income decreased $104,000
from last year due to decreased short-term investments. There were no borrowings
under the Company's revolving credit facility during the three months ended
November 1, 1997 or November 2, 1996.



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                GENESCO INC.
                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - NINE MONTHS FISCAL 1998 COMPARED TO FISCAL 1997

The Company's net sales for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 increased
16.5% from the previous year. Total gross margin for the nine months increased
18.9% and increased as a percentage of net sales from 40.5% to 41.4%. Selling
and administrative expenses increased 17.0% and increased as a percentage of net
sales from 35.2% to 35.4%. Pretax earnings for the nine months ended November 1,
1997 were $16.0 million, compared to pretax earnings of $8.7 million for the
nine months ended November 2, 1996. Pretax earnings for the nine months ended
November 1, 1997 included a net restructuring gain of $0.3 million. Pretax
earnings for the nine months ended November 2, 1996 included a $1.7 million
manufacturing restructuring charge. The Company reported net earnings of $15.7
million ($0.57 per share) for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 compared to
net earnings of $8.9 million ($0.34 per share) for the nine months ended
November 2, 1996, which included a tax credit of $347,000. Net earnings for the
nine months ended November 1, 1997 included an extraordinary charge of $169,000
($.01 per share) for the early retirement of debt.

Footwear Retail


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                   Nine Months Ended
                                                               -----------------------
                                                                Nov. 1,        Nov. 2,            %
                                                                  1997           1996           Change
                                                               -----------    ---------         ------
                                                                     (In Thousands)

      <S>                                                      <C>            <C>                <C>  
      Net Sales............................................... $   241,345    $ 192,025          25.7%
      Operating Income........................................ $    24,319    $  14,483          67.9%
      Operating Margin........................................        10.1%         7.5%
</TABLE>


Primarily due to increases in comparable store sales of approximately 11% and a
15% increase in average retail stores operated, net sales from footwear retail
operations increased 25.7% for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 compared
to the previous year. The average price per pair decreased 1% while unit sales
increased 27% for the nine months ended November 1, 1997.



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                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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The Company's comparable store sales and store count for the nine months were as
follows:


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                       Store Count
                                                                                    --------------------
                                                                                    Nov. 1,      Nov. 2,
                                                                   Comp Sales         1997         1996
                                                                   ----------         ----         ----

         <S>                                                       <C>               <C>          <C>
         Jarman Retail                                                +5%              154          143
         Jarman Lease                                                 +8%               86           84
         Journeys                                                    +18%              170          109
         Johnston & Murphy (including factory stores)                +12%              125          116
         Other Outlet Stores                                          +7%               41           40
                                                                                      ----         ----
         Total Retail                                                +11%              576          492
                                                                                       ===          ===
</TABLE>


The Jarman Lease comparable store increase was aided by a 4% increase in the
average square footage due to remodeling.

Gross margin as a percentage of net sales remained flat at 49.3%. A change in
product mix to more branded non-western boots in the Company's boot outlets
created less markdowns as a percentage of sales compared to last year which was
offset by increased markdowns in certain other companies in the Company's retail
division. Operating expenses increased 18.2%, primarily due to the 15% increase
in average stores operated, which caused increased rent expense, selling
salaries and advertising expense. In addition, divisional management expenses
increased to support new store growth. Overall operating expenses decreased as a
percentage of net sales from 41.6% to 39.1%.

Operating income for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 was up 67.9%
compared to the same period last year due to increased sales and the lower
expenses as a percentage of sales.

Footwear Wholesale & Manufacturing


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                   Nine Months Ended
                                                             ---------------------------
                                                                Nov. 1,         Nov. 2,            %
                                                                 1997            1996            Change
                                                             -----------       ---------         ------
                                                               (In Thousands)

      <S>                                                     <C>              <C>                <C> 
      Net Sales.............................................. $  139,910       $ 135,258            3.4%
      Operating Income....................................... $    6,366       $   7,457          (14.6)%
      Operating Margin.......................................        4.6%           5.5%
</TABLE>


Net sales from footwear wholesale and manufacturing operations were $4.7 million
(3.4%) higher, for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 than in the same
period last year, reflecting primarily increased men's branded footwear sales,
which more than offset lower tanned leather sales and the 




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                GENESCO INC.
                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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continuing trend of decreased sales of western boots, primarily attributable to
lower unit sales. Tanned leather sales were down due to Department of Defense
delays in awarding military footwear contracts and lower orders from military
footwear suppliers, which have been impacted by the continuing decrease in
demand for leather military footwear, which makes up the bulk of the Company's
tanned leather business. The increase in branded sales included sales of new
products introduced by the Company's Nautica division.

Gross margin for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 increased 1.6%, but
decreased as a percentage of net sales from 28.1% to 27.6%, primarily from
increased markdowns in the Company's boot division.

Operating expenses increased 12.3% and increased as a percentage of net sales
from 21.3% to 23.1%, primarily due to higher divisional administrative expenses
to support the expected growth in the branded businesses and increased royalty
expenses, from increased sales and higher royalty rates.

Operating income for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 included a $0.3
million restructuring gain and the nine months ended November 2, 1996 included a
$1.7 million manufacturing restructuring charge. Excluding the above charges,
operating income decreased 33.4% primarily due to the impact of lower sales of
western boots, lower earnings in the Company's tanned leather business due to
Department of Defense delays in awarding military boot contracts, resulting in
delays in orders and lower orders from the division's customers and the increase
in operating expenses.

Corporate and Interest Expenses

Corporate and other expenses for the nine months ended November 1, 1997 were
$8.1 million compared to $6.6 million for the same period last year, an increase
of 22%. The increase in corporate expenses is attributable primarily to
increased compensation expense, including performance-related stock based
compensation and increased bonus accruals based on the Company's increased
earnings.

Interest expense decreased $115,000, or 1% from last year, and interest income
decreased $189,000 from last year due to decreased short-term investments. There
were no borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facility during the nine
months ended November 1, 1997 or November 2, 1996.



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                GENESCO INC.
                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The following table sets forth certain financial data at the dates indicated.
All dollar amounts are in millions.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                             Nov. 1,     Nov. 2,
                                                                                              1997        1996
                                                                                              ----        ----

<S>                                                                                         <C>        <C>     
Cash and short-term investments...........................................................  $  13.2    $   25.2
Working capital...........................................................................  $ 126.6    $  112.0
Long-term debt............................................................................  $  75.0    $   75.0
Current ratio.............................................................................      3.1x        2.8x
</TABLE>



Working Capital

The Company's business is somewhat seasonal, with the Company's investment in
inventory and accounts receivable normally reaching peaks in the spring and fall
of each year. Cash flow from operations is ordinarily generated principally in
the fourth quarter of each fiscal year.

Cash used by operating activities was $17.0 million in the first nine months of
Fiscal 1998 compared to $662,000 used by operating activities last year. The
$16.3 million reduction in cash flow from operating activities between the first
nine months of Fiscal 1998 and the first nine months of Fiscal 1997 reflects
primarily the additional working capital needed to support new store growth. The
Company has added a net of 72 stores for the first nine months ended November 1,
1997 compared to a net of 29 stores for the same period last year.

A $32.8 million increase in inventories from February 1, 1997 levels reflected
in the Consolidated Cash Flows Statement reflects planned seasonal increases and
increases in retail inventory to support the net increase of 72 stores from
February 1, 1997. In addition, there were increases in men's branded wholesale
inventory to support growth in certain of the wholesale businesses and
reflecting lower than anticipated sales in certain product styles. The $25.0
million increase in inventories compared with November 2, 1996 reflects a 33%
increase in retail inventories and a 10% increase in wholesale inventories. The
retail inventory increase is primarily caused by a net increase of 84 stores
from November 2, 1996 and resulting 19% increase in square footage and inventory
needed to support the 11% increase in same store sales. The increase wholesale
inventories reflects the anticipation of higher sales of certain footwear
products and lower than anticipated sales in certain product styles.

As reflected in the Consolidated Cash Flows Statement, accounts receivable at
November 1, 1997 increased $8.3 million compared to February 1, 1997. Excluding
a $4.0 million litigation settlement, accounts receivable at November 1, 1997
increased $12.3 million primarily due to seasonal increases as well as increased
sales of men's branded footwear. Accounts receivable at November 1, 1997 were
$1.0 million more than at November 2, 1996, primarily reflecting higher
wholesale sales in the third quarter which was partially offset by improved
accounts receivable turn.



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                GENESCO INC.
                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Cash provided (or used) due to changes in accounts payable and accrued
liabilities in the Consolidated Cash Flows Statement at November 1, 1997 and
November 2, 1996 is as follows:


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                      Nine Months Ended
                                                                                ----------------------------
                                                                                 Nov. 1,            Nov. 2,
   (In Thousands)                                                                 1997               1996
                                                                                --------           --------
  <S>                                                                           <C>                 <C>    
   Accounts payable                                                             $  6,794             $14,181
   Accrued liabilities                                                            (6,540)             (2,416)
                                                                                --------             -------
                                                                                $    254             $11,765
                                                                                ========             =======
</TABLE>


The fluctuations in accounts payable are due to changes in buying patterns,
payment terms negotiated with individual vendors and changes in inventory
levels. The change in accrued liabilities was due primarily to payment of
litigation settlement, bonuses and interest payments on the Company's long-term
debt.

There were no revolving credit borrowings during the nine months ended November
1, 1997 and November 2, 1996, as cash on hand funded working capital
requirements and capital expenditures. On September 24, 1997, the Company
entered into a revolving credit agreement with three banks providing for loans
or letters of credit of up to $65 million. The agreement expires September 24,
2002.

Capital Expenditures

Total capital expenditures in Fiscal 1998 are expected to be approximately $26.3
million. These include expected retail expenditures of $18.4 million to open
approximately 98 new retail stores and to complete 60 major store renovations.
Capital expenditures for wholesale and manufacturing operations and other
purposes are expected to be approximately $7.9 million including approximately
$4.4 million for new systems to improve customer service and support the
Company's growth. During the nine months ended November 1, 1997 the Company had
$17.6 million in capital expenditures which included opening 84 new stores and
completing 34 major renovations.

Year 2000

The Year 2000 Issue is the result of computer programs being written using two
digits rather than four to define the applicable year. Any of the Company's
computer programs that have date-sensitive software may recognize a date using
"00" as the year 1900 rather that the year 2000. This could result in a system
failure or miscalculations causing disruptions of operations, including, among
other things, a temporary inability to process transactions, send invoices, or
engage in similar normal activities.

Based on a recent assessment, the Company determined that it will be required to
modify or replace significant portions of its software so that its computer
systems will properly utilize dates beyond December 31, 1999. The Company has
also begun the process of upgrading and modernizing its major information
systems, including its wholesale and retail operating systems and its financial
systems. The replacement systems will be Year 2000 compliant. The Company will
utilize both internal and external resources to reprogram, 




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                GENESCO INC.
                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


or replace, and test the software for Year 2000 modifications. The Company
currently has 62 percent of its estimated resources committed and expects to
have the remaining resources committed in the second quarter of fiscal 1999. The
Company plans to complete the Year 2000 project not later than July 31, 1999.
The total cost of the Year 2000 project for fiscal years 1998 through 2000,
including the concurrent upgrade of most of the Company's major operating
systems is estimated at $22 million and is being funded through operating cash
flows. Of the total project cost, approximately $14 million is attributable to
the purchase of new software and hardware which will be capitalized. The
remaining $8 million, will be expensed as incurred over 3 years, including a
projected $2 million for fiscal 1998.

The Company has developed plans for formal communications with all of its
significant suppliers and large customers to determine the extent to which the
Company is vulnerable to those third parties' failure to remediate their own
Year 2000 Issue. The communications will begin no later than the first quarter
of fiscal 1999 and the Company anticipates completion in the second half of
fiscal 1999. There can be no guarantee that the systems of other companies on
which the Company's systems rely will be timely converted, or that a failure to
convert by another company, or a conversion that is incompatible with the
Company's systems, would not have material adverse effect on the Company.

The costs of the project and the date on which the Company plans to complete the
Year 2000 modifications are based on management's best estimates, which were
derived utilizing numerous assumptions of future events including the continued
availability of certain resources, third party modification plans and other
factors. However, there can be no guarantee that these estimates will be
achieved and actual results could differ materially from those plans. Specific
factors that might cause such material differences include, but are not limited
to, the availability and cost of personnel trained in this area, the ability to
locate and correct all relevant computer codes, and similar uncertainties.

Environmental and Other Contingencies

The Company is subject to certain loss contingencies related to environmental
proceedings and other legal matters, including those disclosed in Note 7 to the
Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company has made provisions for certain
of these contingencies, including provisions of $150,000 and $500,000 in
discontinued operations in fiscal 1997 and fiscal 1996, respectively, and
$500,000 and $1,300,000 reflected in fiscal 1996 and 1995, respectively. The
Company monitors these proceedings on an ongoing basis and at least quarterly
management reviews the Company's reserves and accruals in relation to each of
them, adjusting provisions as management deems necessary in view of changes in
available information. Changes in estimates of liability are reported in the
periods when they occur. Consequently, management believes that its reserve in
relation to each proceeding is a reasonable estimate of the probable loss
connected to the proceeding, or in cases in which no reasonable estimate is
possible, the minimum amount in the range of estimated losses, based upon its
analysis of the facts as of the close of the most recent fiscal quarter. Because
of uncertainties and risks inherent in litigation generally and in environmental
proceedings in particular, however, there can be no assurance that future
developments will not require additional reserves to be set aside, that some or
all reserves may not be inadequate or that the amounts of any such additional
reserves or any such inadequacy will not have a material adverse effect upon the
Company's financial condition or results of operations.





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                GENESCO INC.
                AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                Management's Discussion and Analysis
                of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Future Capital Needs

The Company expects that cash on hand and cash provided by operations will be
sufficient to fund all of its capital expenditures through Fiscal 1998, although
the Company may borrow from time to time to support seasonal working capital
requirements. The approximately $3.8 million of costs associated with the 1994
Restructuring, 1995 Restructuring and the Manufacturing Restructuring that are
expected to be incurred during the next twelve months are also expected to be
funded from cash on hand and from cash generated from operations.

There were $8.6 million of letters of credit outstanding under the Company's
revolving credit agreement at November 1, 1997, leaving availability under the
revolving credit agreement of $56.4 million.

The restricted payments covenant contained in the indenture under which the
Company's 10 3/8% senior notes were issued prohibits the Company from declaring
dividends on the Company's capital stock, except from a pool of available net
earnings and the proceeds of stock sales. At November 1, 1997, that pool was in
a $72.0 million deficit position. The aggregate of annual dividend requirements
on the Company's Subordinated Serial Preferred Stock, $2.30 Series 1, $4.75
Series 3 and $4.75 Series 4, and on its $1.50 Subordinated Cumulative Preferred
Stock is $300,000. The Company currently has dividend arrearages in the amount
of $1.2 million and is unable to predict when dividends may be reinstated.

Changes in Accounting Principles

In February 1997, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement of
Financial Accounting Standard No. 128, "Earnings Per Share" ("SFAS No. 128")
which is effective for financial statements issued for periods ending after
December 15, 1997. SFAS No. 128 requires the disclosure of basic and diluted
earnings per share. For the third quarter ended November 1, 1997, basic earnings
per share would have been $.36 and diluted earnings per share would have been
$.34 per share in accordance with SFAS No. 128. For the nine months ended
November 1, 1997, basic earnings per share would have been $.61 and diluted
earnings per share would have been $.57 per share in accordance with SFAS No.
128. For the year ended February 1, 1997, primary earnings per share were $.39
and fully diluted earnings per share were $.39. Had SFAS No. 128 been in effect
for the year ended February 1, 1997, basic earnings per share would have been
$.41 and diluted earnings per share would have been $.39.

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                          PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

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ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

At November 1, 1997 Genesco was in arrears with respect to dividends payable on
the following classes of preferred stock:


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                          ARREARAGE
                                                                                    --------------------------
                                    DATE DIVIDENDS                  BEGINNING             THIS          END OF
CLASS OF STOCK                      PAID TO                        OF QUARTER          QUARTER         QUARTER
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<C>                                 <C>                           <C>               <C>            <C>        
$2.30 Series 1                      October 31, 1993              $   320,229       $   21,349     $   341,578
$4.75 Series 3                      October 31, 1993                  345,010           23,001         368,011
$4.75 Series 4                      October 31, 1993                  292,339           19,489         311,828
$1.50 Subordinated Cumulative
   Preferred                        October 31, 1993                  168,846           11,256         180,102
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TOTALS                                                             $1,126,424        $  75,095      $1,201,519
==============================================================================================================
</TABLE>



ITEM 6. EXHIBITS AND REPORTS ON FORM 8-K

EXHIBITS

(10)1.   Modified and Restated Loan Agreement dated as of September 24, 1997
         among the Company and The First National Bank of Chicago, NationsBank,
         N.A. and Bank of America, FSB.     

(11)     Computation of earnings per common and common share equivalent.

(27)     Financial Data Schedule (for SEC use only)

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REPORTS ON FORM 8-K

None




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SIGNATURE
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Genesco Inc.

/s/ James S. Gulmi





James S. Gulmi
Chief Financial Officer
December 16, 1997




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                                                               EXHIBIT 10 (1.)
 
                      MODIFIED AND RESTATED LOAN AGREEMENT

         THIS MODIFIED AND RESTATED LOAN AGREEMENT, dated as of September 24,
1997 (the "Loan Agreement"), is by and among GENESCO INC., a Tennessee
corporation (the "Borrower"), the various banks and lending institutions on the
signature pages hereto together with all assignees of such banks and lending
institutions under Section 10.3(b) hereof (each a "Bank" and collectively, the
"Banks"), THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF CHICAGO, a national banking association, as
co-agent for the Banks (the "Co-Agent") and NATIONSBANK, N.A., a national
banking association, as agent for the Banks (in such capacity, the "Agent") and
modifies and restates that certain Loan Agreement, dated January 5, 1996, by and
among the Borrower, the banks party thereto, the Co-Agent and the Agent.

         WHEREAS, the Borrower has requested that the Banks provide a
$65,000,000.00 credit facility for the purposes hereinafter set forth;

         WHEREAS, the Banks have agreed to provide the requested credit
facility, and the Agent has accepted its duties hereunder, on the terms and
conditions hereinafter set forth;

         NOW THEREFORE, IT IS AGREED:

                                    ARTICLE I

                        DEFINITIONS AND ACCOUNTING TERMS

         1.1 Definitions. As used herein, the following terms shall have
 the
meanings herein specified unless the context otherwise requires. Defined terms
herein shall include in the singular number the plural and in the plural the
singular:

                  "Adjusted Eurodollar Rate" means for the Interest Period for
         each Eurodollar Loan comprising part of the same borrowing (including
         conversions, extensions and renewals), a per annum interest rate equal
         to the per annum rate obtained by dividing (a) the rate of interest
         determined by the Agent to be the average (rounded upward to the
         nearest whole multiple of 1/16 of 1% per annum, if such average is not
         such a multiple) of the per annum rates at which deposits in U.S.
         dollars are offered to the Agent in the interbank eurodollar market at
         11:00 a.m. (London time) (or as soon thereafter as is practicable), in
         each case two Business Days before the first day of such Interest
         Period in an amount substantially equal to such Eurodollar Loan
         comprising part of such borrowing (including conversions, extensions
         and renewals) and for a period equal to such Interest Period by (b) a
         percentage equal to 100% minus the Adjusted Eurodollar Reserve
         Percentage, if any, for such Interest Period. As used herein, "Adjusted
         Eurodollar Rate Reserve Percentage" for the Interest Period for each
         Eurodollar Loan comprising part of the same borrowing (including
         conversions, extensions


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         and renewals), means the percentage applicable two Business Days before
         the first day of such Interest Period under regulations issued from
         time to time by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
         (or any successor) for determining the maximum reserve requirement
         (including, without limitation, any emergency, supplemental or other
         marginal reserve requirement) for a member bank of the Federal Reserve
         System in New York City with respect to liabilities or assets
         consisting of or including eurocurrency liabilities, as such term is
         defined in Regulation D (or with respect to any other category of
         liabilities which includes deposits by reference to which the interest
         rate on Eurodollar Loans is determined) having a term equal to the
         Interest Period for which such Adjusted Eurodollar Reserve Percentage
         is determined.

                  "Applicable Margin" means, for purposes of calculating the
         applicable interest rate for any day for any Loan, the applicable rate
         of the Facility Fee for any day or the applicable letter of credit
         commission for standby Letters of Credit for any day, the appropriate
         applicable percentage corresponding to the Pricing Ratio in effect as
         of the most recent Calculation Date:



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
           ====================================================================================
                                                               APPLICABLE
                                          APPLICABLE MARGIN    MARGIN FOR
           PRICING        PRICING         FOR EURODOLLAR       PRIME RATE       APPLICABLE
            LEVEL           RATIO              LOANS             LOANS         FACILITY FEE
           ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
           <S>        <C>                 <C>                   <C>             <C>
               I      > 2.5 to 1.0               1.0%              0.0%            .25%
           ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
              II      < 2.5  to 1.0             1.25%              0.0%           .375%
                      -  
                      but > 2.0 to 1.0
           ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
             III      < 2.0  to 1.0              1.5%              0.0%           .425%
                      -  
                      but >  1.5 to 1.0                                                              
           ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
              IV      < 1.5  to 1.0            1.625%              .25%            .50%
                      - 
                      but > 1.25 to 1.0
           ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
               V      < 1.25  to 1.0           1.875               .50%             50%
                      - 
           ====================================================================================


</TABLE>


         The Applicable Margin shall be determined and adjusted quarterly on the
         date (each a "Calculation Date") five Business Days after the date by
         which the Borrower is required to provide the officer's certificate in
         accordance with the provisions of Section 6.1(f) for the most recently
         ended fiscal quarter of the Borrower, provided, however, that (i) the
         initial Applicable Margins shall be based on Pricing Level III (as
         shown above) and shall remain at Pricing Level III until the first
         Calculation Date subsequent to the Closing Date and, thereafter, the
         Pricing Level shall be determined by the Pricing Ratio as of the last
         day of the most recently ended fiscal quarter of the Borrowers
         preceding the applicable Calculation Date, and (ii) if the Borrower
         fails to provide the officer's certificate to the Agent as required by
         Section 6.1(f) for the last day of the most recently ended fiscal
         quarter of the Borrower preceding the applicable Calculation Date, the
         Applicable Margin from such Calculation Date shall be based on Pricing
         Level V until such time as an appropriate 


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         officer's certificate is provided, whereupon the Pricing Level shall be
         determined by the Pricing Ratio as of the last day of the most recently
         ended fiscal quarter of the Borrower preceding such Calculation Date.
         Each Applicable Margin shall be effective from one Calculation Date
         until the next Calculation Date. Any adjustment in the Applicable
         Margins shall be applicable to all existing Loans as well as any new
         Loans made or issued.

                  "Business Day" means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
         a legal holiday in Charlotte, North Carolina or Nashville, Tennessee or
         a day on which banking institutions are authorized by law or other
         governmental action to close except that in the case of Eurodollar
         loans, such day is also a day on which dealings between banks are
         carried on in U.S. dollar deposits in the interbank Eurodollar market.

                  "Capital Expenditures" for any period means the aggregate of
         all expenditures (including that portion of Capital Leases which is
         capitalized on the consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its
         Subsidiaries, but without duplication in the case of Capital Leases
         arising out of a sale-leaseback of property, plant or equipment
         previously acquired through Capital Expenditures by the Borrower or its
         Subsidiaries) by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries during that period
         that, in conformity with GAAP, have been or should have been included
         in the property, plant or equipment reflected in the consolidated
         balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, other than
         additions to property, plant or equipment arising out of the
         acquisition of the stock of any Person or of all or substantially all
         of the assets of any Person or of any division or business unit of any
         Person.

                  "Capital Guideline" means any law, rule, regulation, policy,
         guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law and
         whether or not the failure to comply therewith would be unlawful, and
         including, without limitation, any law, rule, regulation, governmental
         policy, guideline or directive contemplated by the report dated July,
         1988 entitled "International Convergence of Capital Measurement and
         Capital Standards" issued by the Basle Committee on Banking Regulations
         and Supervisory Practices): (i) regarding capital adequacy, capital
         ratios, capital requirements, the calculation of a bank's capital or
         similar matters, or (ii) affecting the amount of capital required to be
         obtained or maintained by the Banks or the manner in which the Banks
         allocate capital to any of their contingent liabilities (including
         letters of credit), advances, commitments, assets or liabilities.

                  "Capital Lease" as applied to any Person, means any lease of
         any property (whether real, personal or mixed) by that Person as lessee
         which would, in conformity with GAAP, be required to be accounted for
         as a capital lease on the balance sheet of that Person.

                  "Capital Stock" means (i) in the case of a corporation ,
         capital stock, (ii) in the case of an association or business entity,
         any and all shares, interests, participations, rights or other
         equivalents (however designated) of capital stock, (iii) in the case of
         a 


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<PAGE>   4

         partnership, partnership interests (whether general or limited), (iv)
         in the case of a limited liability company, membership interests and
         (v) any other interest or participation that confers on a Person the
         right to receive a share of the profits and losses of, or distribution
         of assets of, the issuing Person.

                  "Change of Control" means (i) directly or indirectly a sale,
         transfer or other conveyance of all or substantially all of the assets
         of the Borrower, on a consolidated basis, to any "person" or "group"
         (as such terms are used for purposes of Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the
         Securities Exchange Act of 1934, whether or not applicable), excluding
         transfers or conveyances to or among the Borrower's wholly owned
         Subsidiaries, as an entirety or substantially as an entirety in one
         transaction or series of related transactions, in each case with the
         effect that the ultimate beneficial owners of the Borrower's Capital
         Stock having generally the right to vote in an election of directors
         immediately prior to the transaction own, directly or indirectly, in
         the aggregate, and in the same proportion with respect to each other,
         less than 70% of the total voting power entitled to vote in the
         election of directors, managers, or trustees of the transferee entity
         immediately after such transactions, (ii) any "person" or "group" (as
         such terms are used for purposes of Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the
         Securities Exchange Act of 1934, whether or not applicable), is or
         becomes the "beneficial owner" (as that term is used in Rules 13d-3 and
         13d-5 under the Exchange Act, whether or not applicable, except that a
         person shall be deemed to have "beneficial ownership" of all Capital
         Stock that any such person has the right to acquire, whether such right
         is exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time), directly
         or indirectly, of more than 30% of the total voting power in the
         aggregate of all classes of Capital Stock then outstanding of the
         Borrower normally entitled to vote in elections of directors, or (iii)
         during any period of 24 consecutive months, individuals who at the
         beginning of such period constituted the Board of Directors of the
         Borrower (together with any new directors whose election by such Board
         or whose nomination for election by the shareholders of the Borrower
         was approved by a vote of a majority of the directors then still in
         office who were either directors at the beginning of such period or
         whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved)
         cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the Board of Directors
         of the Borrower then in office.

                  "Closing Date" means the date on which this Loan Agreement is
         executed and delivered and each of the conditions set forth in Article
         IV is satisfied.

                  "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended 
         from time to time.

                  "Commitment" means the commitment by each Bank to make Loans
         and share in Letter of Credit Obligations to the Borrower hereunder in
         a maximum aggregate principal amount equal to each Bank's Committed
         Amount.

                  "Commitment Percentage" means, for any Bank, the percentage
         set forth opposite the name of such Bank on the signature pages hereto,
         as such percentage may be adjusted in accordance with the terms hereof.

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                  "Committed Amount" means, for each Bank, the amount identified
         as its Committed Amount opposite such Bank's name on the signature
         pages hereto as such amount may be reduced pro rata based on reductions
         in the Maximum Commitment made in accordance with the terms hereof.

                  "Compliance Certificate" means an Officer's Certificate
         demonstrating in such detail as the Agent may reasonably require the
         Borrower's compliance with the covenants set forth in Sections 7.2,
         7.3, 7.4, 7.5 and 7.10 hereof and delivered to the Banks by the
         Borrower pursuant to Section 6.1(d).

                  "Consolidated Current Maturities of Funded Indebtedness" means
         for any period, the principal payments required to be made in
         accordance with the terms thereof on all Consolidated Funded
         Indebtedness of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated
         basis during the immediately preceding four fiscal quarters, excluding
         principal payments required to be made with regard to any Loan or
         Loans.

                  "Consolidated Depreciation and Amortization" means, for any
         period, the depreciation and amortization of the Borrowers and its
         Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis determined in conformity with
         GAAP.

                  "Consolidated EBITDA" means, with respect to any Person, for
         any period, the Consolidated Net Income of such Person for such period
         adjusted to exclude (to the extent included therein) (i) Consolidated
         Total Income Tax Expense, (ii) Consolidated Depreciation and
         Amortization, (iii) Consolidated Total Net Interest Expense and (iv)
         other non-cash charges or credits which increased or decreased
         Consolidated Net Income, in each case determined for such period on a
         consolidated basis for such person and its Subsidiaries in accordance
         with GAAP, except as otherwise specifically provided herein, and to
         subtract therefrom the amount of all cash payments, and to add thereto
         the amount of all cash receipts relating to non-cash charges or
         credits, as the case may be, made in any period after the Closing Date
         that do not relate to events that occurred prior to the Closing Date
         and were either (A) excluded as losses or gains in the calculation of
         Consolidated Net Income in any period after the Closing Date or (B)
         which were or would have been adjustments to Consolidated EBITDA as a
         result of clause (iv) above in any period after the Closing Date.

                  "Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio" means, as of the
         end of any quarterly accounting period for the immediately preceding
         four fiscal quarters, the ratio of (i) the sum of Consolidated EBITDA
         plus Consolidated Total Operating Lease Expense to (ii) the sum of
         Consolidated Total Interest Expense plus Consolidated Total Operating
         Lease Expense plus Consolidated Current Maturities of Funded
         Indebtedness excluding for such four fiscal quarter period any
         principal payments of Consolidated Current Maturities of Funded
         Indebtedness which has been refinanced, such refinancing having a
         maturity beyond the Termination Date.



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                  "Consolidated Funded Indebtedness" means, as at any date of
         determination, all Indebtedness of any Person that has an original
         maturity in excess of one year.

                  "Consolidated Indebtedness" means, as at any date of 
         determination, all Indebtedness of any Person.

                  "Consolidated Interest Income" means for any period, aggregate
         interest income for the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such period.

                  "Consolidated Net Income" means, for any period, the net
         earnings (or loss) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a
         consolidated basis for such period taken as a single accounting period,
         but excluding extraordinary items of gain or loss, all as determined in
         conformity with GAAP.

                  "Consolidated Net Worth" means, as at any date, the sum of the
         capital stock (including nonredeemable preferred stock but subtracting
         treasury stock) and additional paid-in capital plus retained earnings
         (or minus accumulated deficit) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on
         a consolidated basis determined in conformity with GAAP.

                  "Consolidated Tangible Assets" means, as at any date of
         determination, the total assets of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries,
         on a consolidated basis determined in accordance with GAAP, minus
         intangible assets such as organization costs and franchise costs,
         intangible assets recorded in accordance with Financial Accounting
         Standards No. 87, deferred debits not relating to future tax benefits
         and all good will, trade names, trademarks, patents and other like
         intangibles.

                  "Consolidated Tangible Net Worth" means, as at any date of
         determination, Consolidated Net Worth, minus organization costs and
         franchise costs, deferred debits not relating to future tax benefits
         and all good will, trade names, trademarks and patents.

                  "Consolidated Total Income Tax Expense" means, for any period,
         the total income tax expense of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for
         such period, on a consolidated basis determined in accordance with
         GAAP.

                  "Consolidated Total Interest Expense" means, for any period,
         total interest expense of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a
         consolidated basis determined in conformity with GAAP.

                  "Consolidated Total Net Interest Expense" means, for any 
         period, Consolidated Total Interest Expense less Consolidated Interest
         Income.

                  "Consolidated Total Operating Lease Expense" means, for any
         period, total rental expense (excluding real estate taxes and other
         pass-through expenses) of the Borrower attributable to Operating Leases
         to which the Borrower and its Subsidiaries are a party,


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         net of sublease rentals on a consolidated basis determined in
         accordance with GAAP for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

                  "Contingent Obligation" as applied to any Person, means any
         direct or indirect liability, contingent or otherwise, of that Person
         with respect to any indebtedness, lease, dividend, letter of credit or
         other obligation of another, including, without limitation, any such
         obligation directly or indirectly guaranteed, endorsed (otherwise than
         for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business), co-made,
         or discounted or sold with recourse by that Person, or in respect of
         which that Person is otherwise directly or indirectly liable,
         including, without limitation, any such obligation for which that
         Person is in effect liable through any agreement (contingent or
         otherwise) to purchase, repurchase or otherwise acquire such obligation
         or any security therefor, or to provide funds for the payment or
         discharge of such obligation (whether in the form of loans, advances,
         stock purchases, capital contributions or otherwise), or to maintain
         the solvency or any balance sheet, income or other financial condition
         of the obligor of such obligation, or to make payment for any products,
         materials or supplies or for any transportation, services or lease
         regardless of the non-delivery or non-furnishing thereof, in any such
         case if the purpose or intent of such agreement is to provide assurance
         that such obligation will be paid or discharged, or that any agreements
         relating thereto will be complied with, or that the holders of such
         obligation will be protected (in whole or in part) against loss in
         respect thereof. The amount of any Contingent Obligation shall be equal
         to the amount of the obligation or portion thereof so guaranteed or
         otherwise supported.

                  "Contractual Obligation", as applied to any Person, means any
         provision of any Security issued by that Person or of any material
         indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, contract, undertaking, agreement or
         other instrument to which that Person is a party or by which it or any
         of its properties is bound or to which it or any of its properties is
         subject.

                  "Convertible Preferred Stock" means the Borrower's Cumulative
         Convertible Preferred Stock, without par value, issued and outstanding
         as of the date of this Loan Agreement.

                  "Current Assets" means, as at any date of determination, the
         total assets of any Person which may properly be classified as current
         assets in conformity with GAAP.

                  "Current Liabilities" means, as at any date of determination,
         the total liabilities of any Person which may properly be classified as
         current liabilities in conformity with GAAP.

                  "Environmental Laws" shall mean federal, state, local and
         foreign laws or regulations, codes, plans, orders, decrees, judgments,
         injunctions, notices or demand letters issued, promulgated, approved or
         entered thereunder relating to: (i) pollution or protection of the
         environment, including, without limitation, laws relating to emissions,
         discharges, releases or threatened releases of pollutants,
         contaminants, chemicals, or 


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         industrial, toxic or hazardous substances or wastes ("Regulated
         Substances") into the environment (including, without limitation,
         ambient air, surface water, ground water, land surface or subsurface
         strata), (ii) the manufacture, processing, distribution, use,
         treatment, storage, disposal, transport or handling of pollutants,
         contaminants, chemical or industrial wastes or Regulated Substances,
         and/or (iii) protection of workers from exposure to Regulated
         Substances. "Environmental Laws" shall include, without limitation, the
         Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and
         Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Comprehensive
         Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Superfund
         Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986, the Emergency Planning and
         Community Right-to-Know Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act,
         each as amended, and the regulations and interpretations issued
         thereunder.

                  "Equity Issuance" means any issuance by the Borrower to any
         Person of (i) shares of the Capital Stock of the Borrower, (ii) any
         shares of the Capital Stock of the Borrower pursuant to the exercise of
         options or warrants or (iii) any shares of the Capital Stock of the
         Borrower pursuant to the conversion of any debt securities to equity.

                  "ERISA" means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
         1974, as amended from time to time, and the regulations promulgated and
         the rulings issued thereunder.

                  "ERISA Affiliate", as applied to any Person, means any trade
         or business (whether or not incorporated) which is a member of a group
         of which that Person is a member and which is a member of a controlled
         group of corporations within the meaning of Section 414(b) of the Code
         or is under common control within the meaning of Section 414(c) of the
         Code.

                  "Eurodollar Loan" means a Revolving Loan which bears interest
         based on the Adjusted Eurodollar Rate.

                  "Event of Default" has the meaning specified in Article VIII.

                  "Excess Capital Expenditures Allowance" has the meaning
         assigned to that term in Subsection 7.5.4 of this Loan Agreement.

                  "Facility Fee" means the fee payable pursuant to Section 2.10
         (b) hereof.

                  "Federal Funds Rate" means, for any day, the rate per annum
         (rounded upward to the nearest 1/100th of 1% per annum, if such average
         is not such a multiple) equal to the weighted average of the rates on
         overnight federal funds transactions with members of the Federal
         Reserve System arranged by federal funds brokers on such date, as
         published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on the Business Day
         next succeeding such day, provided that if such day is not a Business
         Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be such rate on such
         transactions on the next preceding Business Day as so published on 


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         the next succeeding Business Day, and (ii) if no such rate is so
         published, on such next succeeding Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate
         for such date shall be the average rate quoted to NationsBank on such
         date on such transactions as determined by the Agent.

                  "Fiscal Year" means the fiscal year of the Borrower ending on
         the Saturday closest to January 31 of each year.

                  "GAAP" means, subject to the provisions of Section 10.17,
         generally accepted accounting principles set forth in the opinions and
         pronouncements of the Accounting Principles Board, and the American
         Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Securities and
         Exchange Commission and statements and pronouncements of the Financial
         Accounting Standards Board or in such other statements by such other
         entity as may be approved by a significant segment of the accounting
         profession, which are applicable to the circumstances as of the date of
         determination.

                  "Indebtedness", as applied to any Person, means (i) all
         indebtedness for borrowed money, (ii) that portion of obligations with
         respect to Capital Leases which is capitalized on a balance sheet in
         conformity with GAAP, (iii) notes payable and drafts accepted
         representing extensions of credit whether or not representing
         obligations for borrowed money, including, without limitation, any
         indebtedness evidenced by notes issued pursuant to note agreements or
         indentures, (iv) any obligation owed for all or any part of the
         deferred purchase price of property or services which purchase price is
         (x) due more than six months from the date of incurrence of the
         obligation in respect thereof, or (y) evidenced by a note or similar
         written instrument, and (v) all indebtedness secured by any mortgage,
         pledge, Lien, security interest or vendor's interest under any
         conditional sale or other title retention agreement existing on any
         property or asset owned or held by that Person regardless of whether
         the indebtedness secured thereby shall have been assumed by that Person
         or is nonrecourse to the credit of that Person and (vi) the maximum
         amount of all letters of credit issued for the account of such Person
         and, without duplication, all drafts drawn thereunder or (to the extent
         not theretofore reimbursed); provided, however, that Indebtedness shall
         not include (i) trade payables and accrued expenses, in each case
         arising in the ordinary course of business, (ii) any withdrawal
         liability incurred by the Grief Companies division of the Borrower to
         the Amalgamated Pension Fund, a Multiemployer Plan, or (iii)
         indebtedness relating to operations divested under the restructuring
         plan implemented in 1995.

                  "Interest Payment Date" means (a) as to Prime Rate Loans, the
         last day of each calendar quarter and the Termination Date and (b) as
         to Eurodollar Loans, the last day of each Interest Period for such Loan
         and the Termination Date. If an Interest Payment Date falls on a date
         which is not a Business Day, such Interest Payment Date shall be deemed
         to be the next succeeding Business Day, except that in the case of
         Eurodollar Loans where the next succeeding Business Day falls in the
         next succeeding calendar month, then on the next preceding Business
         Day.



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                  "Interest Period" means as to Eurodollar Loans, a period of
         one, two or three months duration, as the Borrower may elect,
         commencing in each case, on the date of the borrowing (including
         conversions, extensions and renewals); provided, however, (i) if any
         Interest Period would end on a day which is not a Business Day, such
         Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day
         (except where the next succeeding Business Day falls in the next
         succeeding calendar month, then on the next preceding Business Day),
         (ii) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the Termination Date, and
         (iii) where an Interest Period begins on a day for which there is no
         numerically corresponding day in the calendar month in which the
         Interest Period is to end, such Interest Period shall end on the last
         day of such calendar month.

                  "Inventories" means, as at any date of determination, the
         amount which, in conformity with GAAP, would be set forth opposite the
         caption "inventories" (or any like caption) on a consolidated balance
         sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries at such date.

                  "Investment", as applied to any Person, means any direct or
         indirect purchase or other acquisition by that Person of, or a
         beneficial interest in, any other Person, whether by the acquisition of
         Securities of that Person or otherwise, or any direct or indirect loan,
         advance (other than advances to employees for moving and travel
         expenses, drawing accounts and similar expenditures in the ordinary
         course of business) or capital contribution by that Person to any other
         Person, including all indebtedness and accounts receivable from that
         other Person, which are not Current Assets or did not arise from sales
         or the providing of goods or services in the ordinary course of
         business. The amount of any Investment shall be the amount at which
         such Investment is carried on the books of the Borrower in accordance
         with GAAP.

                  "Letter of Credit Bank" means the issuer of a Letter of
         Credit, which shall be any of the Banks from time to time selected by
         the Borrower, by notice to the Agent and the then current Letter of
         Credit Bank, with the consent of the Bank selected; provided, however,
         only one Bank shall be entitled to issue Letters of Credit at any time;
         provided further, the designation by the Borrower of a new Letter of
         Credit of Bank shall relieve the prior Letter of Credit Bank of its
         obligation to issue additional Letters of Credit but such prior Letter
         of Credit Bank shall continue to be a "Letter of Credit Bank" for
         purposes of the Loan Agreement (and shall be entitled to all
         corresponding rights and privileges) until all Letter of Credit
         Obligations with respect to Letters of Credit it has issued shall have
         been fully satisfied.

                  "Letter of Credit Obligations" means, at any time, the sum of
         (a) the maximum amount which is, or at any time thereafter may become,
         available to be drawn under Letters of Credit then outstanding plus (b)
         the aggregate amount of all drawings under or discounted advances made
         with respect to Letters of Credit honored by the Letter of Credit Bank
         and not theretofore reimbursed.

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                  "Letters of Credit" shall have the meaning given to such term
         in Section 2.7 hereof.

                  "Lien" means any lien, mortgage, pledge, security interest,
         charge or encumbrance, of any kind to secure the payment, performance
         or discharge of any liability (as determined in accordance with GAAP)
         including any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, any
         lease in the nature thereof, and any agreement to give any security
         interest.

                  "Loan" or "Loans" means a Revolving Loan or Revolving Loans,
         as appropriate.

                  "Loan Documents" means this Loan Agreement and the Notes.

                  "Majority Banks" means, at a particular time, Banks having an
         aggregate Commitment Percentage of at least 66 2/3%. or if the
         Commitments have been terminated, Banks holding at least 66 2/3% of the
         outstanding principal balance of the Revolving Loans.

                  "Maximum Commitment" means $65,000,000.

                  "Moody's" means Moody's Investors Service, Inc., and any
         successor thereof.

                  "Multiemployer Plan" means a "multiemployer plan" as defined
         in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA which is maintained for employees of the
         Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate of the Borrower.

                  "Notes" means the Revolving Notes.

                  "Notice of Borrowing" shall have such meaning as provided in
         Section 2.2(a).

                  "Notice of Conversion" shall have such meaning as provided in
         Section 3.3.

                  "Obligations" means all obligations of every nature of the
         Borrower from time to time owed to the Banks under this Loan Agreement
         and the Notes.

                  "Officer's Certificate" means a certificate executed on behalf
         of the Borrower by its Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial
         Officer, its Treasurer or its Controller.

                  "Operating Lease" means, as applied to any Person, any lease
         of any property (whether real, personal or mixed) which is not a
         Capital Lease, other than any such lease under which that Person is the
         lessor.

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                  "Other Taxes" shall have such meaning as provided in Section
         3.7.

                  "Pension Plan" means any employee pension plan which is
         subject to the provisions of Title IV of ERISA and which is maintained
         for employees of the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate of the Borrower,
         other than a Multiemployer Plan.

                  "Person" means and includes natural persons, corporations,
         limited partnerships, general partnerships, joint stock companies,
         joint ventures, associations, companies, trusts, banks, trust
         companies, land trusts, business trusts or other organizations, whether
         or not legal entities, and governments and agencies and political
         subdivisions thereof.

                  "Potential Default" means a condition or event which, after
         notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute an Event of Default
         if that condition or event were not cured or removed within any
         applicable grace or cure period.

                  "Pricing Ratio" means, as of the end of any quarterly
         accounting period for the immediately preceding four fiscal quarters,
         the ratio of (i) the sum of Consolidated EBITDA plus Consolidated Total
         Operating Lease Expense of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries to (ii)
         the sum of Consolidated Total Interest Expense plus Consolidated Total
         Operating Lease Expense.

                  "Prime Rate" means, for any Interest Period or any other
         period, the rate of interest announced publicly by the Agent, from time
         to time, as the Agent's prime rate; provided, however, with respect to
         the last calendar week of each calendar year, the term "Prime Rate"
         shall mean the greater of (i) the rate of interest announced publicly
         by the Agent, from time to time during such week, as the Agent's prime
         rate or (ii) the Federal Funds Rate plus 1/2%.

                  "Prime Rate Loan" means a Revolving Loan which bears interest
         based on the Prime Rate.

                  "Regulation D" means Regulation D of the Board of Governors of
         the Federal Reserve System as from time to time in effect and any
         successor to all or a portion thereof establishing reserve
         requirements.

                  "Regulation G" means Regulation G of the Board of Governors of
         the Federal Reserve System as from time to time in effect and any
         successor to all or a portion thereof establishing margin requirements.

                  "Regulation U" means Regulation U of the Board of Governors of
         the Federal Reserve System as from time to time in effect and any
         successor to all or a portion thereof establishing margin requirements.


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                  "Regulation X" means Regulation X of the Board of Governors of
         the Federal Reserve System as from time to time in effect and any
         successor to all or a portion of establishing margin requirements.

                  "Replacement Bank" shall have the meaning given to such term
         in Section 3.11 hereof.

                  "Restricted Payment" means (i) any dividend or other
         distribution, direct or indirect, on account of any shares of any class
         of stock of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries now or hereafter
         outstanding, except (A) dividends payable by a Subsidiary of the
         Borrower to the Borrower or to another Subsidiary of the Borrower, (B)
         dividends payable solely in shares of capital stock of the Borrower,
         (C) dividends payable solely through application of the proceeds of a
         substantially concurrent sale of shares of capital stock of the
         Borrower, and (D) dividends or other distributions of Shareholder
         Rights; and (ii) any redemption, retirement, sinking fund or similar
         payment, purchase or other acquisition for value, direct or indirect,
         of any shares of any class of stock of the Borrower now or hereafter
         outstanding, or of any Shareholder Rights, except (A) acquisitions of
         shares of capital stock of the Borrower issued under the Borrower's
         employee stock plans solely in exchange for the indebtedness of the
         trustee under such plans to the Borrower, (B) acquisitions of shares of
         capital stock of the Borrower through application of the proceeds of a
         substantially concurrent sale of shares of capital stock of the
         Borrower, (C) acquisitions of shares of capital stock of the Borrower
         in exchange for shares of another class of capital stock of the
         Borrower, including any such acquisition in which cash is paid in lieu
         of fractional shares, and (D) redemptions, purchases or acquisitions
         for value of Shareholder Rights.

                  "Revolving Loans" means revolving credit loans made pursuant
         to Section 2.1.

                  "Revolving Note" or "Revolving Notes" means the promissory
         notes of the Borrower in favor of each Bank evidencing the Revolving
         Loans and provided in accordance with Section 2.5, collectively or
         individually, as appropriate, as such promissory notes may be amended,
         modified, supplemented or replaced from time to time.

                  "S&P" means Standard & Poors Corporation, and any successor
         thereof.

                  "Securities" means any stock, shares, voting trust
         certificates, certificates of interest or participation in any
         profit-sharing agreement, bonds, debentures, notes or other evidences
         of indebtedness, secured or unsecured, convertible, subordinated or
         otherwise, or in general any instruments commonly known as "securities"
         or any certificates of interest, shares or participations in temporary
         or interim certificates for the purchase or acquisition of, or any
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                  "Shareholder Right" means a right distributed to holders of
         the Borrower's common stock pursuant to a shareholders' rights plan
         adopted by the board of directors of the Borrower which (i) grants to
         the holder of such Right the option to acquire a share of the
         Borrower's capital stock on or before a future date, (ii) upon the
         acquisition of beneficial ownership by any Person of a specified
         percentage of the outstanding shares of a class of the Borrower's
         capital stock or of a specified percentage of the voting power of all
         of the Borrower's outstanding capital stock, grants to the holder of
         such Right the option to acquire shares of the Borrower's common stock
         and (iii) upon the consummation of a merger, consolidation, share
         exchange, sale of assets or other business combination with a Person
         who beneficially owns a specified percentage of the outstanding shares
         of a class of the Borrower's capital stock or a specified percentage of
         the voting power of all of the Borrower's outstanding capital stock,
         grants to the holder of such Right the right to acquire securities of
         such Person.

                  "Subsidiary" means any corporation, association or other
         business entity of which more than 50% of the total voting power of
         shares of stock entitled to vote in the election of directors, managers
         or trustees thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or
         indirectly, by any Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of
         that Person or a combination thereof.

                  "Taxes" shall have such meaning as provided in Section 3.7.

                  "Termination Date" means the date September 24, 2002.

                  "Termination Event" means (i) the withdrawal of the Borrower
         or any of its ERISA Affiliates from a Pension Plan during a plan year
         in which it was a "substantial employer" as defined in Section
         4001(a)(2) of ERISA, or (ii) the filing of a notice of intent to
         terminate a Pension Plan or the treatment of a Pension Plan amendment
         as a termination under Section 4041 of ERISA, or (iii) the institution
         of proceedings to terminate a Pension Plan by the Pension Benefit
         Guaranty Corporation, or (iv) any other event or condition which might
         constitute grounds under ERISA for the termination of, or the
         appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan.

                  "Total Capital" means, as at any date of determination, as
         applied to any Person, (i) all Indebtedness plus (ii) Consolidated Net
         Worth.

         1.2 Accounting Terms. For purposes of this Loan Agreement, all
accounting terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings assigned
to them in conformity with GAAP.

         1.3 Other Definitional Provisions. References to "Articles", "Sections"
and "Subsections" shall be to Articles, Sections and Subsections, respectively,
of this Loan Agreement unless otherwise specifically provided. Any of the terms
defined in Section 1.1 may, unless the context otherwise requires, be used in
the singular or the plural depending on the reference.

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                                   ARTICLE II

                                      LOANS

         2.1 Commitment. Subject to and upon the terms and conditions and
relying upon the representations and warranties herein set forth, each Bank
severally agrees, at any time and from time to time from the Closing Date until
the Termination Date, to make revolving credit loans (each a "Revolving Loan"
and, collectively, "Revolving Loans") to the Borrower for the general corporate
purposes of the Borrower; provided, however, the Banks shall not be obligated to
make any Revolving Loan to the extent that immediately after the making of any
such Revolving Loan either the sum of the outstanding principal balance of all
Revolving Loans, Letter of Credit Obligations would exceed the then applicable
Maximum Commitment; provided further, no Bank shall be obligated to make any
Revolving Loan to the extent that immediately after the making of any such
Revolving Loan such Bank's pro rata share (based upon its Commitment Percentage)
of outstanding Revolving Loans and Letter of Credit Obligations shall exceed
such Bank's Committed Amount; provided further, the Banks' obligation to make
Revolving Loans and the Letter of Credit Bank's obligation to issue Letters of
Credit shall terminate upon the occurrence of a Change of Control. Revolving
Loans hereunder may consist of Prime Rate Loans or Eurodollar Loans (or a
combination thereof) as the Borrower may request, and may be repaid and
reborrowed in accordance with the provisions hereof; provided, however, no more
than eight (8) Loans may be outstanding hereunder at any time.

         2.2 Revolving Loans Advances.

                  (a) Notices. Whenever the Borrower desires a Revolving Loan
         advance hereunder, it shall give written notice or telephonic notice
         (confirmed immediately thereafter in writing) (a "Notice of Borrowing")
         to the Agent not later than 12:00 noon (Charlotte, North Carolina time)
         on the Business Day of the requested advance in the case of Prime Rate
         Loans and on the third Business Day prior to the requested advance in
         the case of Eurodollar Loans. Each such notice shall be irrevocable and
         shall specify (i) that a Revolving Loan is requested, (ii) the date of
         the requested advance (which shall be a Business Day), (iii) the
         aggregate principal amount of Revolving Loans requested, and (iv)
         whether the Revolving Loan requested shall consist of Prime Rate Loans,
         Eurodollar Loans or a combination thereof, and if Eurodollar Loans are
         requested, the Interest Periods with respect thereto. If the Borrower
         shall fail to specify in any Notice of Borrowing (A) an applicable
         Interest Period in the case of a Eurodollar Loan, then such notice
         shall be deemed to be a request for an Interest Period of one month or
         30 days, respectively, or (B) the type of Revolving Loan requested,
         then such notice shall be deemed to be a request for a Prime Rate Loan
         hereunder. The Agent shall as promptly as practicable give each Bank
         notice of each requested Revolving Loan advance, of such Bank's pro
         rata share thereof and of the other matters covered in the Notice of
         Borrowing.



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                  (b) Minimum Amounts. The aggregate minimum principal amount of
         each Revolving Loan advance hereunder shall be not less than $1,000,000
         (and integral multiples of $1,000,000 in excess thereof).

                  (c) Advances. Each Bank will make its pro rata share of each
         Revolving Loan advance available to the Agent by 3:00 p.m. (Charlotte,
         North Carolina time) on the date specified in the Notice of Borrowing
         by deposit in U.S. dollars of immediately available funds at the
         offices of the Agent in Charlotte, North Carolina as provided in
         signature pages, or at such other address as the Agent may designate in
         writing. All Revolving Loan advances shall be made by the Banks pro
         rata on the basis of each Bank's Commitment Percentage. No Bank shall
         be responsible for the failure or delay by any other Bank in its
         obligation to make Revolving Loan advances hereunder; provided,
         however, that the failure of any Bank to fulfill its commitments
         hereunder shall not relieve any other Bank of its commitments
         hereunder. Unless the Agent shall have been notified by any Bank prior
         to the making of any such Revolving Loan advance that such Bank does
         not intend to make available to the Agent its portion of the Revolving
         Loan advance to be made on such date, the Agent may assume that such
         Bank has made such amount available to the Agent on the date of such
         Revolving Loan advance, and the Agent, in reliance upon such
         assumption, may (in its sole discretion without any obligation to do
         so) make available to the Borrower a corresponding amount. If such
         corresponding amount is not in fact made available to the Borrower, the
         Agent shall be entitled to recover such corresponding amount from such
         Bank. If such Bank does not pay such corresponding amount forthwith
         upon the Agent's demand therefor, the Agent will promptly notify the
         Borrower and the Borrower shall immediately pay such corresponding
         amount to the Agent. The Agent shall also be entitled to recover from
         such Bank or the Borrower, as the case may be, interest on such
         corresponding amount in respect of each day from the date such
         corresponding amount was made available by the Agent to the Borrower to
         the date such corresponding amount is recovered by the Agent, at a per
         annum rate equal to (i) if paid by such Bank, within two Business Days
         of making such corresponding amount available to the Borrower, the
         overnight Federal Funds Rate, and thereafter the Prime Rate, and (ii)
         if paid by the Borrower, the then applicable rate calculated in
         accordance with Section 2.4.

         2.3 Repayment. The Revolving Loans hereunder shall be due and payable
in full on the Termination 
Date.

         2.4 Interest. Subject to the provisions of Section 3.1, Revolving Loans
shall bear interest as follows:

               (a) Prime Rate Loans. During such periods as Revolving Loans
            shall consist of Prime Rate Loans, at a per annum rate equal to sum
            of the Prime Rate plus the Applicable Margin.


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               (b) Eurodollar Loans. During such periods as the Revolving Loans
            shall consist of Eurodollar Loans, at a per annum rate equal to the
            sum of the Adjusted Eurodollar Rate plus the Applicable Margin.

               (c) [Intentionally Deleted]

               (d) Payment of Interest. Interest on Revolving Loans hereunder
            shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date.

         2.5 Revolving Notes. The Revolving Loans by each Bank shall be
evidenced by a duly executed promissory note of the Borrower to each such Bank
dated as of the Closing Date in an original principal amount equal to such
Bank's Committed Amount and substantially in the form of Exhibit 2.5.

         2.6 [Intentionally left blank]

         2.7 Letters of Credit.

                  (a) Issuance. Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the
         Letter of Credit Bank has issued the Letters of Credit described on
         Exhibit 2.7 hereof (which Letters of Credit shall be deemed issued and
         outstanding hereunder upon the effectiveness of this Loan Agreement)
         and the Letter of Credit Bank will from time to time issue standby
         letters of credit and commercial letters of credit from the Closing
         Date until the Termination Date as the Borrower may request, each to be
         in a form acceptable to the Letter of Credit Bank (hereinafter the
         Letters of Credit described on Exhibit 2.7 and the standby letters of
         credit and commercial letters of credit issued on and after the Closing
         Date pursuant to this Section 2.7, together with all extensions,
         renewals, modifications and replacements thereto, shall be referred to
         as the "Letters of Credit"); provided, however, the Letter of Credit
         Bank shall not issue any Letter of Credit to the extent that
         immediately after the issuance of such Letter of Credit the sum of the
         outstanding principal balance of all Revolving Loans, Letter of Credit
         Obligations would exceed the then applicable Maximum Commitment;
         provided further, the Letter of Credit Bank shall not issue any standby
         Letter of Credit to the extent that immediately after the issuance of
         such standby Letter of Credit the Letter of Credit Obligations relating
         to all standby Letters of Credit would exceed $10,000,000; provided
         further, the Letters of Credit shall be issued solely for the general
         corporate purposes of the Borrower. No Letter of Credit shall have a
         term of more than one year. No Letter of Credit shall have an expiry
         date extending beyond the Termination Date nor shall any Letter of
         Credit have payment terms which require the Letter of Credit Bank to
         make a payment thereunder after the Termination Date.

                  (b) Notice. The request for the issuance of a Letter of Credit
         shall be submitted to the Letter of Credit Bank and the Agent at least
         three Business Days prior to the requested date of issuance. Upon the
         request of the Letter of Credit Bank, the Agent shall furnish the
         Letter of Credit Bank with all information


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         regarding the Revolving Loans which is necessary to enable the Letter
         of Credit Bank to determine whether the Letter of Credit Bank is
         obligated to issue the requested Letter of Credit. Upon issuance of a
         Letter of Credit, the Agent shall promptly notify the Banks of the
         amount and terms thereof. The Letter of Credit Bank shall notify the
         Agent promptly of all payments (whether at maturity or in advance),
         reimbursements, expirations, transfers and other activity with respect
         to outstanding Letters of Credit. Upon the request of any Bank, the
         Agent shall promptly notify such Bank of all of such payments (whether
         at maturity or in advance), reimbursements, expirations, transfers and
         other activity with respect to outstanding Letters of Credit.

                  (c) Participations. Each Bank shall be deemed to have
         purchased, without recourse to the Letter of Credit Bank, a
         participation from the Letter of Credit Bank in each Letter of Credit
         issued or deemed issued hereunder, in each case in an amount equal to
         its pro rata share (based upon its Commitment Percentage) of the amount
         of such Letter of Credit. Without limiting the scope and nature of each
         Bank's participation in any Letter of Credit, to the extent that the
         Letter of Credit Bank has not been reimbursed by the Borrower for any
         payment required to be made by the Letter of Credit Bank under any
         Letter of Credit, each Bank shall pay to the Agent for payment to the
         Letter of Credit Bank each Bank's pro rata share of such unreimbursed
         drawing in same day funds on the day of notification by the Letter of
         Credit Bank of an unreimbursed drawing pursuant to the provisions of
         subsection 2.7(d) (or on the next Business Day if such notification is
         made after 2:00 p.m. Charlotte time); provided, however, the Banks
         shall not be obligated to reimburse the Letter of Credit Bank as
         provided above to the extent that such reimbursement obligation has
         arisen solely on account of the gross negligence or willful misconduct
         of the Letter of Credit Bank, as determined by a court of competent
         jurisdiction. The obligation of each Bank to so reimburse the Letter of
         Credit Bank shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be
         affected by the occurrence of a Potential Default, an Event of Default
         or any other occurrence or event. Any such reimbursement shall not
         relieve or otherwise impair the obligation of the Borrower to reimburse
         the Letter of Credit Bank under any Letter of Credit, together with
         interest as hereinafter provided.

                  (d) Reimbursement. In the event of any drawing under any
         Letter of Credit and upon the maturity of any draft or acceptance
         purchased by the Letter of Credit Bank with respect to any Letter of
         Credit, the Letter of Credit Bank will promptly notify the Borrower and
         the Agent. Unless the Borrower shall immediately notify the Letter of
         Credit Bank of its intent to otherwise reimburse the Letter of Credit
         Bank, the Borrower shall be deemed to have requested a Revolving Loan
         in the amount of the drawing (or, in the case of advance purchase by
         the Letter of Credit Bank, in the amount of the draft or acceptance),
         the proceeds of which will be used to satisfy the reimbursement
         obligations of the Borrower to the Letter of Credit Bank in connection
         with such drawing (or  


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         advance purchase of drafts or acceptances). The Borrower shall
         reimburse the Letter of Credit Bank on the day of such drawing under
         any Letter of Credit and upon the maturity of any draft or acceptance
         purchased by the Letter of Credit Bank with respect to any Letter of
         Credit (either with the proceeds of a Revolving Loan obtained hereunder
         or otherwise) in same day funds as provided in the Letter of Credit 
         Application. If the Borrower shall fail to reimburse the Letter of
         Credit Bank as provided hereinabove, the unreimbursed amount of such
         drawing shall bear interest at a per annum rate equal to the Prime Rate
         plus 2%. The Borrower's reimbursement obligations hereunder shall be
         absolute and unconditional under all circumstances irrespective of any
         rights of set-off, counterclaim or defense to payment the Borrower may
         claim or have against the Letter of Credit Bank, the Agent, the Banks,
         the beneficiary of any Letter of Credit or any other Person, including
         without limitation any defense based on any failure of the Borrower to
         receive consideration or the legality, validity, regularity or
         unenforceability of the Letter of Credit. The Letter of Credit Bank
         will promptly notify the Agent and the Agent will promptly notify the
         other Banks of the amount of any unreimbursed amounts and each Bank
         will promptly pay the Letter of Credit Bank for its pro rata share of
         such unreimbursed amounts as provided in subsection 2.7(c). As to any
         draft honored by the Letter of Credit Bank in other than U.S. currency,
         the reimbursement obligation of the Borrower shall be, at the
         Borrower's option: (i) in United States currency after application of
         the appropriate foreign exchange rate at the time such draft is honored
         by the Letter of Credit Bank, or (ii) in immediately available foreign
         currency funds of the same tenor as the payment by the Letter of Credit
         Bank. The Borrower has the risk of all currency fluctuations. For
         purposes of this Section 2.7(d), the appropriate foreign exchange rate
         shall be that rate established by the Letter of Credit Bank applicable
         to such foreign currency on the date such draft is honored.

                  (e) Amendments. Any extension of the stated expiry date of any
         Letter of Credit or increase in the stated amount of any Letter of
         Credit shall be made only upon satisfaction of all of the procedures
         and conditions for the issuance of a new Letter of Credit of the same
         type.

                  (f) Indemnification; Nature of Letter of Credit Bank's Duties.
         (i) In addition to its other obligations under this Section 2.7, the
         Borrower hereby agrees to protect, indemnify, pay and save the Letter
         of Credit Bank and each Bank harmless from and against any and all
         claims, demands, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, charges and
         expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that the Letter of
         Credit Bank or any Bank may incur or be subject to as a consequence,
         direct or indirect, of (A) the issuance of any Letter of Credit or (B)
         the failure of the Letter of Credit Bank to honor a drawing under a
         Letter of Credit as a result of any act or omission, whether rightful
         or wrongful, of any present or future de jure or de facto government or
         governmental authority (all such acts or omissions, herein called
         "Government Acts") or (C) any action of nonaction taken at the
         Borrower's request with respect to any Letter of Credit.


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                           (ii)   As between the Borrower on the one hand and 
                  the Letter of Credit Bank and the Banks on the other hand, the
                  Borrower shall assume all risks of the acts, omissions or
                  misuse of any Letter of Credit by the beneficiary thereof. The
                  Letter of Credit Bank and the Banks shall not be responsible:
                  (A) for the form, validity, sufficiency, accuracy, genuineness
                  or legal effect of any document submitted by any party in
                  connection with the application for, issuance of and drawing
                  under any Letter of Credit, even if it should in fact prove to
                  be in any or all respects invalid, insufficient, inaccurate,
                  fraudulent or forged; (B) for the validity or sufficiency of
                  any instrument transferring or assigning or purporting to
                  transfer or assign any Letter of Credit or the rights or
                  benefits thereunder or proceeds thereof, in whole or in part,
                  that may prove to be invalid or ineffective for any reason;
                  (C) for the performance of any beneficiary of a Letter of
                  Credit of its obligations to the Borrower or any failure of
                  any such beneficiary to comply fully with conditions required
                  in order to draw upon a Letter of Credit; (D) for errors,
                  omissions, interruptions or delays in transmission or delivery
                  of any messages, by mail, cable, telegraph, telex or
                  otherwise, whether or not they be in cipher; (E) for errors in
                  interpretation of technical terms; (F) for any loss or delay
                  in the transmission or otherwise of any document required in
                  order to make a drawing under a Letter of Credit or of the
                  proceeds thereof; and (G) for any consequences arising from
                  causes beyond the control of the Letter of Credit Bank or any
                  Bank, including, without limitation, any Government Acts. None
                  of the above shall affect, impair, or prevent the vesting or
                  enforcement of the Letter of Credit Bank's or any Bank's
                  rights or powers hereunder.

                           (iii) In issuing each Letter of Credit, the Letter of
                  Credit Bank is expressly authorized to make changes from the
                  terms set forth in the request for such Letter of Credit as
                  the Letter of Credit Bank, in its sole discretion, may deem
                  advisable, provided that no such changes will vary the
                  principal terms thereof. Except as otherwise expressly agreed
                  in any particular instance, all Letters of Credit issued
                  hereunder shall be subject to the "Uniform Customs and
                  Practices for Documentary Credits" (1993 Revision),
                  International Chamber of Commerce Publication No. 500.

                           (iv)  If there is any discrepancy between the
                  documents accompanying a draft or other demand for payment or
                  acceptance under a Letter of Credit and the specifications for
                  such documents in the Borrower's request for such Letter of
                  Credit or the Letter of Credit, and either (A) the Letter of
                  Credit Bank delivers electronic, telephonic or other written
                  notice to the Borrower's principal office of such discrepancy,
                  and the Borrower does not deliver telephonic or written
                  instruction to the Letter of Credit Bank's letter of credit
                  department to dishonor the draft or


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                  demand by noon, local time for the Letter of Credit Bank on
                  the Business Day after the Business Day on which the Letter of
                  Credit Bank shall have delivered notice to the Borrower of the
                  discrepancy, or (B) in the case of a commercial Letter of
                  Credit, the Borrower has obtained possession of the goods that
                  are the subject of such Letter of Credit; then the Letter of
                  Credit Bank may conclusively presume that the Borrower has
                  waived any objection to payment or acceptance, as the case may
                  be, based on such discrepancy, and the Letter of Credit Bank
                  may, but shall not be obligated to, honor the draft or other
                  demand under the Letter of Credit (and may honor such draft
                  after noon on such Business Day, if such Business Day is the
                  last day to which the Letter of Credit Bank is entitled to
                  defer honor of such draft under applicable law). In such
                  event, the Borrower shall be liable to the Letter of Credit
                  Bank pursuant to subsection 2.7(d) as if the discrepancy had
                  not been in the documents.

                           (v)   In furtherance and extension and not in
                  limitation of the specific provisions hereinabove set forth,
                  any action taken or omitted by the Letter of Credit Bank or
                  any Bank, under or in connection with any Letter of Credit or
                  the related documents, if taken or omitted in good faith,
                  shall not put such Letter of Credit Bank or such Bank under
                  any resulting liability to the Borrower. It is the intention
                  of the parties that this Loan Agreement shall be construed and
                  applied to protect and indemnify the Letter of Credit Bank and
                  the Banks against any and all risks involved in the issuance
                  of the Letters of Credit, all of which risks are hereby
                  assumed by the Borrower, including, without limitation, any
                  and all risks of the acts or omissions, whether rightful or
                  wrongful, of any present or future Government Acts. The Letter
                  of Credit Bank and the Banks shall not, in any way, be liable
                  for any failure by the Letter of Credit Bank or anyone else to
                  pay any drawing under any Letter of Credit as a result of any
                  Government Acts or any other cause beyond the control of the
                  Letter of Credit Bank.

                           (vi)  Nothing in this subsection (f) is intended to
                  limit the reimbursement obligation of the Borrower contained
                  in subsection 2.7(d). The obligations of the Borrower under
                  this subsection (f) shall survive the termination of this Loan
                  Agreement. No act or omissions of any current or prior
                  beneficiary of a Letter of Credit shall in any way affect or
                  impair the rights of the Letter of Credit Bank or any Bank to
                  enforce any right, power or benefit under this Loan Agreement.

                           (vii) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary
                  contained in this subsection (f), the Borrower shall have no
                  obligation to indemnify any Letter of Credit Bank or any Bank
                  in respect of any liability incurred by such Letter of Credit
                  Bank or such Bank arising solely out of the gross negligence
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                  Bank, as the case may be, as finally determined by a court of
                  competent jurisdiction.

         2.8  Conditions of Lending.

                (a) Conditions. The obligation of any Bank to make any
         Revolving Loan or the Letter of Credit Bank to issue any Letters of
         Credit hereunder is subject to satisfaction of the following
         conditions:

                    (i)   receipt of a Notice of Borrowing pursuant to Section 
                2.2(a) or Letter of Credit Application pursuant to Section 
                2.7(a), as appropriate;

                    (ii)  the representations and warranties set forth in 
                Article V hereof shall be true and correct in all material
                respects as of the date of such notice or request and as of the
                proposed date of such Loan or the issuance of such Letter of
                Credit (except for those which expressly relate to an earlier
                date);

                    (iii) immediately after giving effect to the requested Loan
                or the issuance of the requested Letter of Credit, the sum of
                the outstanding principal balance of all Revolving Loans and
                Letter of Credit Obligations would not exceed the then
                applicable Maximum Commitment; and

                    (iv)  no Potential Default or Event of Default shall exist
                and be continuing either prior to or after giving effect
                thereto.

                (b) Reaffirmation. Each request for a Loan and each submission
         of a Letter of Credit Application shall be deemed to be a
         representation and warranty of the correctness of the matters specified
         in these subsections (a)(ii), (iii) and (iv) hereof.

         2.9 Termination of Commitments. The Borrower may from time to time
permanently terminate the unused Commitments in whole or in part (in minimum
aggregate amounts of $5,000,000) upon three Business Days' prior written notice
to the Agent.

         2.10  Fees.

                (a) Upfront Fee. The Borrower agrees to pay each Bank an amount
         equal to .1% of the amount of such Bank's Committed Amount. Such fees
         shall be due and payable on the date hereof.

                (b) Facility Fee. The Borrower shall pay to the Agent for the
         account of each Bank a fee for each Bank on such Bank's Committed
         Amount at a rate equal to the Applicable Margin. The foregoing
         commitment fee shall be paid quarterly in arrears on the last day of
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                  (c) Standby Letter of Credit Commission. In consideration of
         the issuance of standby Letters of Credit hereunder, the Borrower
         agrees to pay to the Letter of Credit Bank a letter of credit
         commission at a per annum rate equal to the Applicable Margin for
         Eurodollar Loans on the maximum amount available to be drawn under each
         of the standby Letters of Credit from the date of issuance to the date
         of expiration. The foregoing commission shall be shared by the Banks
         (including the applicable Letter of Credit Bank in its capacity as a
         Bank) in accordance with their respective Commitment Percentages. The
         foregoing commission shall be payable in arrears on the last day of
         each calendar quarter. In addition to the foregoing, the Borrower
         agrees to pay a letter of credit fronting fee to the Letter of Credit
         Bank (for its sole account) at a per annum rate equal to 1/8% on the
         maximum amount available to be drawn under each of the standby Letters
         of Credit from the date of issuance. The foregoing fee shall be payable
         in advance on the date of issuance (or extension) of standby Letter of
         Credit.

                  (d) Commercial Letter of Credit Commission. In consideration
         of the issuance of a commercial Letter of Credit hereunder, the
         Borrower agrees to pay to the Letter of Credit Bank, for the ratable
         benefit of all of the Banks, the following amounts: (i) a letter of
         credit commission on the date of each drawing thereunder equal to the
         greater of (A) .25% of the amount of each such drawing or (B) $100.00
         and (ii) if the Letter of Credit Bank accepts or purchases any draft
         with respect to any Letter of Credit, an acceptance commission equal to
         2% per annum on the amount of any such draft.

         In addition to the foregoing letter of credit and acceptance
         commission, the Borrower will pay to the Letter of Credit Bank, for its
         sole use and benefit, such other customary fees of the Letter of Credit
         Bank as may be agreed to from time to time by the Borrower and the
         Letter of Credit Bank.

                  (e) Agent's Fee. The Borrower agrees to pay to the Agent the
         fees specified in the letter agreement of even date herewith by and
         between the Borrower and the Agent, as such agreement may be modified
         or supplemented from time to time.

                                   ARTICLE III

                      ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS REGARDING LOANS

         3.1 Default Rate. Upon the occurrence, and during the continuance, of
an Event of Default hereunder, the principal of and, to the extent permitted by
law, interest on the Loans hereunder and any other amounts owing hereunder or
under the other Loan Documents (other than amounts owing under Section 2.7(d)
hereof) shall bear interest, 



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payable on demand, at a per annum rate 2% greater than the rate which would
otherwise be applicable.

         3.2  Prepayments.

                (a) Voluntary Prepayments. The Borrower shall have the right
         to prepay Loans in whole or in part from time to time without premium
         or penalty without prior notice with respect to Prime Rate Loans and
         upon one Business Day's prior written notice or telephonic notice
         (confirmed immediately thereafter in writing) to the Agent with respect
         to all other Loans; provided, however, that each such partial
         prepayment shall be a minimum principal amount of $1,000,000; provided
         further, the Borrower shall pay all amounts payable under Section 3.6
         hereof in connection with any such prepayment. Amounts prepaid on the
         Loans may be reborrowed in accordance with the provisions hereof. If
         the Borrower shall fail to specify the manner of application,
         prepayments shall be applied first to Prime Rate Loans, then to
         Eurodollar Loans (taken as a group) in direct order of their Interest
         Period maturities.

                (b) Mandatory Prepayments.

                      (i)   Commitments. If at any time the sum of the outstand-
                ing principal balances of the Revolving Loans and the Letter
                of Credit Obligations shall exceed the then applicable
                Maximum Commitment, then the Borrower shall immediately pay
                the Agent for the account of the Banks an amount equal to the
                deficiency. Payments made hereunder shall be applied first,
                to the Revolving Loans (and with respect to the types of
                Revolving Loans comprising the Revolving Loans, first to
                Prime Rate Loans, and then to Eurodollar Loans in direct
                order of their Interest Period maturities), and second, to
                the Letter of Credit Obligations.

                      (ii)  Clean-Down Payments. The Borrower shall reduce the
                outstanding principal balance of the Revolving Loans to zero for
                30 consecutive days during each period beginning on December 15
                of any Fiscal Year and ending on April 15 of the following
                Fiscal Year (commencing with the period beginning December 15,
                1996 and ending on April 15,1997).

                      (iii) Change of Control. Upon the earlier of the date 30
                days after the occurrence of a Change of Control or the date
                upon which the Borrower is required to make any payment of
                Indebtedness on account of such Change of Control, the Borrower
                shall make the following payments to the Agent for the account
                of the Banks: (A) the payment of the then outstanding principal
                balance of the Revolving Loans together with all accrued and
                unpaid interest thereon and all accrued and unpaid fees
                hereunder, (B) the payment of an amount equal to the then


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                outstanding Letter of Credit Obligations to be held by the Agent
                in a cash collateral account in the name of the Agent and under
                the dominion and control of the Agent as additional security for
                the reimbursement obligations which may thereafter arise on
                account of subsequent drawings or payments under Letters of
                Credit then outstanding and (C) the payment of all other amounts
                then owing under the Loan Documents.

         3.3 Conversion. The Borrower shall have the option, on any Business
Day, to extend existing Loans into a subsequent Interest Period or to convert
Loans into Loans of another type; provided, however, that (i) except as provided
in Section 3.4, Eurodollar Loans may be converted into Loans of another type
only on the last day of an Interest Period applicable thereto, (ii) Eurodollar
Loans may be extended, and Loans may be converted into Eurodollar Loans, only if
no Potential Default or Event of Default is in existence on the date of
extension or conversion, (iii) Loans extended as, or converted into, Eurodollar
Loans shall be in such minimum amounts as provided in Section 2.2(b), and (iv)
any request for extension or conversion of a Eurodollar Loan which shall fail to
specify an Interest Period shall be deemed to be a request for an Interest
Period of one month or 30 days, respectively. Each such extension or conversion
shall be effected by the Borrower by giving written notice (or telephone notice
promptly confirmed in writing) to the Agent (including requests for extensions
and renewals, a "Notice of Conversion") prior to 11:00 a.m. (Charlotte, North
Carolina time) on the Business Day of, in the case of existing Prime Rate Loans,
and on the third Business Day prior to, in the case of existing Eurodollar
Loans, the date of the proposed extension or conversion, specifying the date of
the proposed extension or conversion, the Loans to be so extended or converted,
the types of Loans into which such Loans are to be converted and, if
appropriate, the applicable Interest Periods with respect thereto. Each request
for extension or conversion shall be deemed to be a reaffirmation by the
Borrower that no Potential Default or Event of Default then exists and is
continuing and that the representations and warranties set forth in Article V
are true and correct in all material respects as of the date of such Notice of
Conversion (except to the extent they relate to an earlier period). In the event
the Borrower fails to request extension or conversion of any Eurodollar Loan in
accordance with this Section, or any such conversion or extension is not
permitted or required by this Section, then such Loans shall be automatically
converted into Prime Rate Loans at the end of their respective Interest Periods.
The Agent shall give each Bank notice as promptly as practicable of any such
proposed conversion affecting any Loans.

         3.4 Increased Costs, Illegality, etc. In the event any Bank shall
determine (which determination shall be final and conclusive and binding on all
the parties hereto absent manifest error):

                  (a) Unavailability. On any date for determining the
         appropriate Adjusted Eurodollar Rate for any Interest Period, that by
         reason of any changes arising on or after the date of this Loan
         Agreement affecting the interbank Eurodollar market, dollar deposits in
         the principal amount requested are not generally available in the
         interbank Eurodollar market, or adequate, and fair means do not exist
         for ascertaining the applicable interest rate on the basis provided for
         in the definition of Adjusted Eurodollar Rate; then Eurodollar Loans


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         will no longer be available, and requests for a Eurodollar Loan shall
         be deemed requests for Prime Rate Loans, until such time as such Bank
         shall notify the Borrower that the circumstances giving rise thereto no
         longer exist.

                  (b) Increased Costs. At any time, that such Bank shall incur
         increased costs or reductions in the amounts received or receivable
         hereunder with respect to the making, the commitment to make or the
         maintaining of any Eurodollar Loans because of (x) any change since the
         date of this Loan Agreement in any applicable law, governmental rule,
         regulation, guideline or order (or in the interpretation or
         administration thereof and including the introduction of any new law or
         governmental rule, regulation, guideline or order) including without
         limitation the imposition, modification or deemed applicability of any
         reserves, deposits or similar requirements as related to Eurodollar
         Loans (such as, for example, but not limited to, a change in official
         reserve requirements, but, in all events, excluding reserves required
         under Regulation D to the extent included in the computation of the
         Adjusted Eurodollar Rate) and/or (y) other circumstances affecting such
         Bank, the interbank Eurodollar market or the position of such Bank in
         such market; then the Borrower shall pay to such Bank promptly upon
         written demand therefor, such additional amounts (in the form of an
         increased rate of, or a different method of calculating, interest or
         otherwise as such Bank may determine in its sole discretion) as may be
         required to compensate such Bank for such increased costs or reductions
         in amounts receivable hereunder (written notice as to the additional
         amounts owed to such Bank, showing the basis for calculation thereof,
         shall, absent manifest error, be final and conclusive and binding on
         all parties hereto).

                  (c) Illegality. At any time, that the making or continuance of
         any Eurodollar Loan has become unlawful by compliance by such Bank in
         good faith with any law, governmental rule, regulation, guideline or
         order (or would conflict with any such governmental rule, regulation,
         guideline or order not having the force of law even though the failure
         to comply therewith would not be unlawful), or has become impractical
         as a result of a contingency occurring after the date of this Loan
         Agreement which materially and adversely affects the interbank
         Eurodollar market; then Eurodollar Loans will no longer be available,
         requests for Eurodollar Loans shall be deemed requests for Prime Rate
         Loans and the Borrower may, and upon direction of the Bank, shall, as
         promptly as possible and, in any event within the time period required
         by law, have any such Eurodollar Loans then outstanding converted into
         Prime Rate Loans.

         3.5  Increased Costs and Reduced Return.

                  (a) If the Agent shall have determined that the adoption or
         implementation of, or any change in, any law, rule, treaty or
         regulation, or any policy, guideline or directive of, or any change in
         the interpretation or administration thereof by, any court, central
         bank or other administrative or 


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         governmental authority, or the compliance by any Bank or any lending
         office of any Bank with any directive of or guideline from any central
         bank or other governmental authority or the introduction of or change
         in any accounting principles applicable to any Bank or any lending
         office of any Bank (in each case, whether or not having the force of
         law), shall (i) change the basis of taxation of payments to any Bank or
         any lending office of any Bank of any amounts payable hereunder (except
         for taxes on the overall income of any Bank or any lending office of
         any Bank), (ii) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special
         deposit or similar requirement against any Loan or Letter of Credit or
         against assets of or held by, or deposits with or for the account of,
         or credit extended by, any Bank or any lending office of any Bank, or
         (iii) impose on any Bank or any lending office of any Bank any other
         condition regarding this Loan Agreement, and the result of any event
         referred to in clauses (i), (ii) or (iii) above shall be to increase
         the cost to any Bank or any lending office of any Bank of making any
         Loan, maintaining its Commitment to make any Loan or participating in
         any Letter of Credit, or to reduce any amount received or receivable by
         any Bank hereunder, then, upon demand by such Bank, the Borrower shall
         pay to such Bank such additional amounts as will compensate such Bank
         for such increased costs or reductions in amount, together with
         interest on such additional amounts calculated from the date such costs
         or reductions are incurred.

                  (b) If any Bank shall have determined that any Capital
         Guideline or adoption or implementation of, or any change in, any
         Capital Guideline by the governmental authority charged with the
         interpretation or administration thereof, or compliance by any Bank or
         any lending office of such Bank with any Capital Guideline or with any
         request or directive of any such governmental authority with respect to
         any Capital Guideline, or the implementation of, or any change in, any
         applicable accounting principles (in each case, whether or not having
         the force of law), either (i) affects or would affect the amount of
         capital required or expected to be maintained by any Bank or any
         lending office of such Bank, and such Bank determines that the amount
         of such capital is increased as a direct or indirect consequence of any
         Loans or Letters of Credit made or maintained or any Commitment to make
         Revolving Loans or to participate in Letters of Credit, or such Bank's
         or such lending office's other obligations hereunder, or (ii) has or
         would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender's
         or such lending office's capital to a level below that which such Bank
         could have achieved but for such circumstances as a consequence of any
         Loans made or maintained, or the Commitment to make Revolving Loans,
         such Bank's or such lending office's other obligations hereunder (in
         each case, taking into consideration the Bank's or such lending
         office's policies with respect to capital adequacy), then, upon demand
         by such Bank, the Borrower shall pay to such Bank from time to time
         such additional amounts as will compensate such Bank for such cost of
         maintaining such increased capital or such reduction in the rate of
         return on the such Bank's or such lending office's capital.


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                  (c) Upon determining in good faith than any additional amounts
         will be payable pursuant to this Section, any Bank will give prompt
         written notice thereof to the Borrower, which notice shall set forth
         the basis of the calculation of such additional amounts, although the
         failure to give any such notice shall not release or diminish any of
         the Borrower's obligations to pay additional amounts pursuant to this
         Section; provided, however, the Borrower shall not be obligated to pay
         any of such amounts to any such Bank until it receives the applicable
         notice from such Bank. Determination by any Bank of amounts owing under
         this Section shall, absent manifest error, be final and conclusive and
         binding on the parties hereto. Failure on the part of any Bank to
         demand compensation for any period hereunder shall not constitute a
         waiver of such Bank's rights to demand any such compensation in such
         period or in any other period.

                  (d) The Borrower will reimburse the Letter of Credit Bank on
         demand for all charges and expenses made or incurred by the Letter of
         Credit Bank in connection with each Letter of Credit including any
         increased expense to the Letter of Credit Bank resulting from the
         application of any tax (other than income tax), reserve requirement or
         deposit insurance premiums; the amount of such charges and expenses to
         be determined by the Letter of Credit Bank in good faith.

                  (e) All amounts payable under this Section 3.5 shall bear
         interest from the date that is three Business Days after the date of
         demand by any Bank until payment in full to such Bank at a per annum
         rate equal to the Prime Rate plus 2%.

         3.6 Compensation. The Borrower shall compensate each Bank, upon its
written request (which request shall set forth the basis for requesting such
compensation), for all reasonable losses, expenses and liabilities (including,
without limitation, any loss, expense or liability incurred by reason of the
liquidation or reemployment of deposits or other funds required by such Bank to
fund its Eurodollar Loans) which such Bank may sustain:

                  (a) if for any reason (other than a default by such Bank or
         the Agent) a borrowing of Eurodollar Loans does not occur on a date
         specified therefor in a Notice of Borrowing or Notice of Conversion;

                  (b) if any repayment or conversion of any Eurodollar Loan
         occurs on a date which is not the last day of an Interest Period
         applicable thereto;

                  (c) if any prepayment of any Eurodollar Loan is not made on
         any date specified in a notice of prepayment given by the Borrower; or

                  (d) as a consequence of any other default by the Borrower to
         repay its Loans or any Letter of Credit Obligations when required by
         the terms of this Loan Agreement.


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Calculation of all amounts payable to a Bank under this Section shall be made as
though such Bank has actually funded its relevant Eurodollar Loan through the
purchase of a Eurodollar deposit bearing interest at the Eurodollar Rate in an
amount equal to the amount of that Loan, having a maturity comparable to the
relevant Interest Period and in the case of Eurodollar Loans, through the
transfer of such Eurodollar deposit from an offshore office of that Bank to a
domestic office of that Bank in the United States of America; provided, however,
that each Bank may fund each of its Eurodollar Loans in any manner it sees fit
and the foregoing assumption shall be utilized only for the calculation of
amounts payable under this Section.

         3.7 Taxes. (a) All payments made by the Borrower hereunder, under the
Notes or under any Loan Document will be made without setoff, counterclaim,
deduction or other defense. All such payments shall be made free and clear of
and without deduction for any present or future income, franchise, sales, use,
excise, stamp or other taxes, levies, imposts, deductions, charges, fees,
withholdings, restrictions or conditions of any nature now or hereafter imposed,
levied, collected, withheld or assessed by any jurisdiction (whether pursuant to
United States Federal, state, local or foreign law) or by any political
subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein, and all interest, penalties
or similar liabilities, excluding taxes on the overall income of a Bank or any
lending office of such Bank, (such nonexcluded taxes are hereinafter
collectively referred to as the "Taxes"). If the Borrower shall be required by
law to deduct or to withhold any Taxes from or in respect of any amount payable
hereunder, (i) the amount so payable shall be increased to the extent necessary
so that after making all required deductions and withholdings (including Taxes
on amounts payable to the Banks pursuant to this sentence) the Banks receive an
amount equal to the sum they would have received had no such deductions or
withholdings been made, (ii) the Borrower shall make such deductions or
withholdings, and (iii) the Borrower shall pay the full amount deducted or
withheld to the relevant taxation authority in accordance with applicable law;
provided, however, if any Bank subsequently recovers any of such deductions or
withholdings, such Bank shall promptly refund to the Borrower the amount of such
deductions or withholdings. Whenever any Taxes are payable by the Borrower, as
promptly as possible thereafter, the Borrower shall send the Banks and the Agent
an official receipt showing payment. In addition, the Borrower agrees to pay any
present or future taxes, charges or similar levies which arise from any payment
made hereunder or from the execution, delivery, performance, recordation or
filing of, or otherwise with respect to, this Loan Agreement, the Notes or any
other Loan Document (hereinafter referred to as "Other Taxes").

                  (b) The Borrower will indemnify the Banks for the amount of
         Taxes or Other Taxes (including, without limitation, any Taxes or Other
         Taxes imposed by any jurisdiction on amounts payable under this Section
         3.7) paid by any Bank and any liability (including penalties, interest
         and expenses for nonpayment, late payment or otherwise) whether or not
         such Taxes or Other Taxes were correctly or legally asserted. This
         indemnification shall be paid within 30 days from the date on which
         such Bank makes written demand; provided, however, the Borrower shall
         have the right to contest any such Taxes before any appropriate
         administrative agency or court of competent jurisdiction so long as
         such Bank is not adversely affected by any such contest, as reasonably
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                  (c) Each Bank which is a foreign person (i.e., a Person other
         than a United States Person for United States Federal income tax
         purposes) hereby agrees that:

                      (i)   it shall, no later than the Closing Date (or, in the
                  case of a Bank which becomes a party hereto pursuant to
                  Section 10.3(b) hereof after the Closing Date, the date upon
                  which such Bank becomes a party hereto) deliver to the
                  Borrower through the Agent:

                            (A) two accurate and complete signed originals of 
                      Form 4224, or

                            (B) two accurate and complete signed originals
                      of Form 1001,

                  in each case indicating that such Bank is on the date of
                  delivery thereof entitled to receive payments of principal,
                  interest and fees for the account of such lending office or
                  offices under this Loan Agreement free from withholding of
                  United States Federal income tax;

                      (ii)  if at any time such Bank changes its lending
                  office or offices or selects an additional lending office, it
                  shall, at the same time or reasonably promptly thereafter,
                  deliver to the Borrower through the Agent in replacement for,
                  or in addition to, the forms previously delivered by it
                  hereunder;

                            (A) if such changed or additional lending office 
                      is located in the United States, two accurate and 
                      complete signed originals of Form 4224, or

                            (B) otherwise, two accurate and complete signed
                      originals of Form 1001,

                  in each case indicating that such Bank is on the date of
                  delivery thereof entitled to receive payments of principal,
                  interest and fees for the account of such changed or
                  additional lending office under this Loan Agreement free from
                  withholding of United States federal income tax; and

                      (iii) it shall, promptly upon the Borrower's reasonable
                  request to that effect, deliver to the Borrower such other
                  forms or similar documentation as may be required from time to
                  time by any applicable law, treaty, rule or regulation in
                  order to establish such Bank's tax status for withholding
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                  (d) If the Borrower fails to perform its obligations under
         this Section 3.7, the Borrower shall indemnify the Banks for any
         incremental taxes, interest or penalties that may become payable as a
         result of any such failure.

         3.8  Change of Lending Office. Each Bank agrees that, upon the
occurrence of any event giving rise to the operation of Section 3.4(b) or (c) or
3.7, it will, if requested by the Borrower, use reasonable efforts (subject to
overall policy considerations of such Bank) to designate another lending office
for any Loans affected by such event, provided that such designation is made on
such terms that such Bank and its lending office suffer no disadvantage
(including, without limitation, no economic, legal or regulatory disadvantage),
with the object of avoiding the consequence of the event giving rise to the
operation of any such Section. Nothing in this Section shall affect or postpone
any of the obligations of the Borrower or the right of any Bank provided in
Sections 3.4, 3.5, or 3.7.

         3.9  Late Payment Fee. Should any principal installment payment be in
default for more than 15 days, there may be imposed, to the extent permitted by
law, a delinquency charge not to exceed 2% of such installment in default. In
addition, at the Majority Banks' option, any overdue interest, fees and charges
may, for purposes of computing and accruing interest, be deemed to be a part of
the corresponding principal Obligation and interest shall accrue on a daily
compounded basis after such date (at the applicable rate, including any default
rate under Section 3.1) thereon.

         3.10 Payments and Computations. Except as otherwise specifically
provided herein, all payments hereunder shall be made to the Agent in U.S.
dollars in immediately available funds at its offices in Charlotte, North
Carolina not later than 11:00 a.m. (Charlotte, North Carolina time) on the date
when due. Payments received after such time shall be deemed to have been
received on the next succeeding Business Day. The Agent will thereafter cause to
be distributed promptly like funds relating to the payment of principal or
interest or fees ratably to the Banks entitled to receive such payments in
accordance with the terms of this Loan Agreement. Whenever any payment hereunder
shall be stated to be due on a day which is not a Business Day, the due date
thereof shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day (subject to
accrual of interest and fees for the period of such extension), except that in
the case of Eurodollar Loans, if the extension would cause the payment to be
made in the next following calendar month, then such payment shall instead be
made on the next preceding Business Day. All computations of interest and fees
shall be made on the basis of actual number of days elapsed over a year of 360
days (except for the commitment fees payable in Section 2.10 hereof which shall
be based on the actual number of days elapsed over a year of 365 days). Interest
shall accrue from and include the date of such Loan, but exclude the date of
payment.

         3.11 Replacement or Removal of Bank. In the event that the Agent
receives one or more notices claiming compensation, reimbursement or indemnity
(each, a "Compensation Notice") pursuant to the provisions of Sections 3.4, 3.5
or 3.7 and the aggregate amount of all such compensation, reimbursement or
indemnity payments made or required to be made by the Borrower to such Bank
pursuant to Sections 3.4, 3.5 or 3.7 is materially greater (as determined by the
Borrower in its reasonable judgment) than the weighted average amount of
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 made or required to be made to the other Banks pursuant to Sections
3.4, 3.5 or 3.7, then, so long as no Potential Default or Event of Default shall
have occurred and be continuing, the Borrower may, within 60 days after receipt
of any such Compensation Notice, elect to terminate such Bank as a party to this
Loan Agreement. If any Bank to be terminated has a Commitment which, together
with the amount of any Commitment or Commitments theretofore or concurrently
therewith to be reduced in accordance with this Section 3.11, aggregates 30% or
less of the aggregate Commitments, the Borrower may elect either to replace such
Bank with another financial institution reasonably satisfactory to the Agent (a
"Replacement Bank") or to reduce the Commitments by the amount of the Commitment
of such Bank. If any Bank to be terminated has a Commitment which, together with
the amount of any Commitment or Commitments theretofore or concurrently
therewith to be reduced in accordance with this Section 3.11, aggregates in
excess of 30% of the aggregate Commitments, the Borrower may elect to terminate
such Bank only if, together with its notice of termination, it provides to the
Agent a commitment from a Replacement Bank to replace the Commitment of the
terminated Bank under this Loan Agreement on the terms and conditions set forth
herein. The Borrower's election to terminate a Bank under this Section 3.11
shall be set forth in a written notice from the Borrower to the Agent (with a
copy to such Bank), setting forth (i) the basis for termination of such Bank,
(ii) whether the Borrower intends to replace such Bank with a Replacement Bank
or (if the Borrower is not required to replace such Bank) to reduce the
Commitments by the amount of the Commitment of such Bank, and (iii) the date
(not later than 30 days after the date of such notice) when such termination
shall become effective (the "Termination Effective Date"). On the Termination
Effective Date, (x) the Borrower and/or the Replacement Bank, as applicable,
shall pay the terminated Bank an amount equal to all principal, interest, fees
and other amounts owed to such Bank (including, without limitation, any amounts
owed under Sections 3.4, 3.5 or 3.7), through the date on which such termination
becomes effective, and (y) there shall have been received by the Agent all
documents and supporting materials necessary, in the reasonable judgment of the
Agent to evidence the substitution of the Replacement Bank for such Bank or, if
there is no Replacement Bank, to reflect the adjustment of the Commitments,
including, without limitation, any necessary or appropriate adjustments to the
Commitment Percentages, such adjustments to the Committed Percentage of any
remaining Bank to be based upon the percentage of such Bank's Committed Amount
to the aggregate Committed Amounts of all of the remaining Banks.

                                   ARTICLE IV

                      CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO INITIAL LOANS

                        AND ISSUANCE OF LETTERS OF CREDIT

         The obligations of the Banks to make the initial Loan hereunder and the
obligation of the Letter of Credit Bank to issue the initial Letter of Credit
hereunder are subject, at the time of the making of such initial Loan to the
satisfaction of the following conditions (in form and substance acceptable to
the Agent):

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         4.1 Executed Loan Documents. Receipt by the Agent of executed copies of
this Loan Agreement and the other Loan Documents and (in sufficient numbers to
provide a fully executed original of each, except for the Notes, for each Bank).

         4.2 No Default; Representations and Warranties. Receipt by the Agent of
a certificate from the chief financial officer of the Borrower certifying that
at both at the time of the making of such Loan and after giving effect thereto
(i) there shall exist no Potential Default or Event of Default and (ii) all
representations and warranties contained herein or in the other Loan Documents
then in effect shall be true and correct in all material respects.

         4.3 Opinion of Counsel. Receipt by the Agent of an opinion, or
opinions, in form and substance satisfactory to the Banks, addressed to the
Banks and dated as of the Closing Date from counsel to the Borrower, which shall
cover the matters contained in Exhibit 4.3 hereto (in sufficient numbers to
provide a fully executed original to each Bank).

         4.4 Corporate Documents.  Receipt by the Agent of the following:

              (a) Charter Documents. Copies of the charter documents (as 
        amended) of the Borrower certified to be true and complete as of a 
        recent date by the appropriate governmental authority of the state of 
        its incorporation.

              (b) Resolutions. Copies of resolutions of the Board of
        Directors of the Borrower approving and adopting the Loan Documents,
        the transactions contemplated therein and authorizing execution and
        delivery thereof, certified by a secretary or assistant secretary as of
        the date of this Loan Agreement to be true and correct and in force and
        effect as of such date.

              (c) Bylaws. A copy of the bylaws of the Borrower certified by
        a secretary or assistant secretary as of the date of this Loan
        Agreement to be true and correct and in force and effect as of such
        date.

              (d) Good Standing. Copies of certificates of good standing,
        existence or its equivalent with respect to the Borrower certified as of
        a recent date by the appropriate governmental authorities of the state
        of incorporation.

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                                    ARTICLE V

                         REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

         The Borrower hereby represents and warrants to the Agent and the Banks
that:

         5.1   Organization and Power; Qualification; Good Standing; 
Subsidiaries.

         5.1.1 Organization and Power. The Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries
are corporations duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the
laws of their respective jurisdictions of incorporation and have all requisite
corporate power and authority to own and operate their respective properties and
to carry on their respective business as now conducted and proposed to be
conducted. The Borrower has all requisite corporate power and authority to enter
into this Loan Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder.

         5.1.2 Qualification; Good Standing. The Borrower is duly licensed or
qualified as a foreign corporation authorized to transact business and is in
good standing in each jurisdiction in which the character of the properties
owned by it or the nature of the business transacted by it makes such licensing
or qualification necessary.

         5.1.3 Subsidiaries. As of the Closing Date, the Borrower has no
Subsidiaries other than as identified in Exhibit 5.1.3 hereto. The capital stock
of each of the Borrower's Subsidiaries is duly authorized, validly issued and
fully paid and nonassessable. Each of the Borrower's Subsidiaries is validly
existing and in good standing under the laws of its respective jurisdiction of
incorporation and is duly licensed or qualified as a foreign corporation
authorized to transact business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in
which the character of the properties owned by it or the nature of the business
transacted by it makes such licensing or qualification necessary. Each of the
Borrower's Subsidiaries has full corporate power and authority to own its assets
and properties, and to operate its business as presently owned and conducted.
Exhibit 5.1.3 correctly sets forth the ownership interest of the Borrower in
each of its Subsidiaries as of the Closing Date.

         5.2   Authorization of Borrowing; No Conflicts; Binding Obligations; 
etc.

         5.2.1 Authorization of Borrowing. The execution, delivery and
performance by the Borrower of this Loan Agreement and the issuance, delivery
and payment of the Notes have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate
action by the Borrower.

         5.2.2 No Conflicts. The execution, delivery and performance by the
Borrower of this Loan Agreement and the issuance, delivery and payment of the
Notes do not and will not (i) violate any provision of law applicable to the
Borrower, the Restated Charter


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(as amended) or Bylaws of the Borrower or the Charter or Certificate or Articles
of Incorporation or Articles of Association or Bylaws or Memoranda of
Association of any Subsidiary of the Borrower, or any order, judgment or decree
of any court or other agencies of government binding on the Borrower or any of
its Subsidiaries (except to the extent that the provisions of Section 7.4 hereof
may conflict with the preferred stock dividend and mandatory redemption
provisions in the Borrower's Restated Charter, which conflict, if any, will not
affect the validity or enforceability of this Loan Agreement), (ii) conflict
with, result in a breach of or constitute (with due notice or lapse of time or
both) a default under any Contractual Obligation of the Borrower or any of its
Subsidiaries, (iii) result in or require the creation or imposition of any Lien,
charge or encumbrance of any nature whatsoever upon any of the properties or
assets of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or (iv) require any approval
of stockholders or any approval or consent of any Person under any Contractual
Obligation of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

         5.2.3 Governmental Consents. The execution, delivery and performance by
the Borrower of this Loan Agreement, and the issuance, delivery and performance
of the Notes, do not and will not require any registration with, consent or
approval of, or notice to, or other action to, with or by, any federal, state or
other governmental authority or regulatory body or other Person.

         5.2.4 Binding Obligation. This Loan Agreement is, and the Notes when
executed and delivered hereunder will be, the legally valid and binding
obligations of the Borrower, enforceable against the Borrower in accordance with
their respective terms, except as enforcement may be limited by bankruptcy,
insolvency or other similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors' rights
generally and equitable remedies.

         5.3   Financial Condition; No Changes.

         5.3.1 Financial Statements. The Borrower has heretofore delivered to
the Banks (i) the audited consolidated financial statements of the Borrower and
its Subsidiaries for the Fiscal Years ended January 31, 1997 and 1996,
consisting of the Borrower's consolidated balance sheets as at such dates and
the related consolidated statements of earnings, of cash flows and shareholders
equity for the Fiscal Years then ended and (ii) the consolidated financial
statements of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the fiscal quarter ended
August 2, 1997. Such statements were prepared in accordance with GAAP and fairly
present in all material respects the consolidated financial position of the
Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at the date thereof.

         5.3.2 Contingent Obligations. As of the Closing Date, neither the
Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has any material Contingent Obligation
which is not reflected in the financial statements delivered pursuant to
Subsection 5.3.1 or in the notes thereto or otherwise permitted by Section 7.3.

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         5.3.3 No Material Adverse Change. During the period February 1, 1997
through the Closing Date, there has been no change in the business, operations,
properties, prospects, assets or condition (financial or otherwise) of the
Borrower and its Subsidiaries which has been, either in any case or in the
aggregate, materially adverse to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a
whole.

         5.3.4 Restricted Payments. During the period February 1, 1997 through
and including the Closing Date, the Borrower has not directly or indirectly
declared, ordered, paid or made or set apart any sum of money or any property
for any Restricted Payment or agreed to do so, except for the regular quarterly
dividends on the Borrower's outstanding preferred stock.

         5.4   Title to Properties; Liens. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries
have good and legal title to all properties and assets, real and personal,
tangible and intangible, reflected in the consolidated balance sheet of the
Borrower as at January 31, 1997 referred to in Subsection 5.3.1 except for
assets acquired or disposed of either in the ordinary course of business since
the date of such consolidated balance sheet or as otherwise permitted by this
Loan Agreement. All such properties and assets are free and clear of Liens,
except as permitted under Section 7.1.

         5.5   Litigation. Except as shown in Note 16 to the financial
statements for fiscal year 1997 and as shown in Note 7 to the financial
statements for the fiscal period ended August 2, 1997, there is no action, suit,
proceeding or arbitration (whether or not purportedly on behalf of the Borrower
or any of its Subsidiaries) at law or in equity or before or by any federal,
state, municipal or other governmental department, commission, board, bureau,
agency or instrumentality, domestic or foreign, pending or to the knowledge of
the Borrower threatened against or affecting the Borrower or any of its
Subsidiaries or any of their respective properties which would result in any
material adverse change in the business, operations, properties and assets (real
and personal, tangible and intangible) or condition (financial or otherwise) of
the Borrower and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, or would materially
adversely affect the ability of the Borrower to perform its Obligations, and
there is no basis known to the Borrower for any such action, suit or proceeding.

         5.6   Compliance with Law. Except as disclosed in Note 16 to the
Financial Statements delivered pursuant to Subsection 5.3.1 or in Section 5.5,
neither the Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is (i) in violation of any
applicable law which materially adversely affects or may materially adversely
affect the business, operations, properties and assets (real and personal,
tangible and intangible) or condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower
and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or which would materially adversely
affect the ability of the Borrower to perform its Obligations or (ii) subject to
or in default with respect to any final judgment, writ, injunction, decree, rule
or regulation of any court or federal, state, municipal or other governmental
department, commission, board, bureau, agency or instrumentality, domestic or
foreign, which would have a materially adverse effect on the business,
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and personal, tangible and intangible) or condition (financial or otherwise) of
the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or which would materially
adversely affect the ability of the Borrower to perform its obligations.

         5.7   Payment of Taxes. As of the Closing Date, the Borrower and its
Subsidiaries have filed all federal tax returns and all other tax returns that,
to the best knowledge of the Borrower's officers, after due inquiry, are
required to be filed by any of them, and have paid all taxes, assessments, fees
and other governmental charges upon the Borrower and its Subsidiaries and upon
their respective properties and assets (real and personal, tangible and
intangible), income and franchises which are due and payable in accordance with
such returns, except to the extent permitted by Section 6.3. As of the Closing
Date, the charges, accruals and reserves on the books of the Borrower and its
Subsidiaries in respect of any taxes or governmental charges are, in the opinion
of the Borrower, adequate and the Borrower does not know of any proposed tax
assessment against it or any of its Subsidiaries that would be material to the
condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken
as a whole.

         5.8   Contractual Obligations: Performance.

         5.8.1 Contractual Obligations.. Except as set forth in Exhibit 5.8.1
hereto, as of the Closing Date neither the Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries
is a party to or is subject to any Contractual Obligation (other than
Contractual Obligations entered into in the ordinary course of business of the
Borrower and its Subsidiaries or as otherwise permitted by this Loan Agreement)
that is material to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. None of
such Contractual Obligations in existence as of the Closing Date will materially
adversely affect the ability of the Borrower to perform its Obligations.

         5.8.2 Performance. Neither the Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is
in default in the performance, observance or fulfillment of any of the
obligations, covenants or conditions contained in any Contractual Obligation of
the Borrower and any of its Subsidiaries and no condition exists which, with the
giving of notice or the lapse of time or both, would constitute such a default,
except where the consequences, direct or indirect, of such default or defaults,
if any, would not have a material adverse effect on the business, properties and
assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible) operations or condition
(financial or otherwise), of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a
whole, and which would not materially adversely affect the ability of the
Borrower to perform its Obligations.

         5.9   Environmental Protection. As of the Closing Date, the Borrower
and each of its Subsidiaries has obtained all material permits, licenses and
other authorizations that are required with respect to the operation of its
business under any Environmental Law; the Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries
is in compliance with all terms and conditions of the required permits, licenses
and authorizations, and is also in compliance with all other limitations,
restrictions, conditions, standards, prohibitions, requirements, obligations,
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extent that the failure to comply therewith would not result in any material
adverse change in the business, operations, properties and assets (real and
personal, tangible and intangible) or condition (financial or otherwise) of the
Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or materially adversely affect
the ability of the Borrower to perform its Obligations; including the matters
set forth in Note 16 to the financial statements delivered pursuant to
Subsection 5.3.1, there is no civil, criminal or administrative action, suit,
demand, claim, hearing, notice of violation, investigation, proceeding, notice
or demand letter pending or threatened against the Borrower or any of its
Subsidiaries relating in any way to the Environmental Laws which would result in
any material adverse change in the business, operations, properties and assets
(real and personal, tangible and intangible) or condition (financial or
otherwise) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or which
would materially adversely affect the ability of the Borrower to perform its
Obligations; and there are no past or present (or, to the best of the Borrower's
knowledge, future) events, conditions, circumstances, activities, practices,
incidents, actions or plans which may interfere with or prevent compliance or
continued compliance with the Environmental Laws, or which may give rise to any
common law or other legal liability, including, without limitation, liability
under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act,
as amended, or any similar state, local or foreign laws, or otherwise form the
basis of any claim, action, demand, suit, proceeding, hearing, notice of
violation, study or investigation, based on or related to the manufacture,
processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transport or
handling, or the emission, discharge, release or threatened release into the
environment, of any pollutant, contaminant, chemical or industrial, toxic or
hazardous substance or waste, except to the extent that such non-compliance or
liability would not result in any material adverse change in the business,
operations, properties and assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible)
or condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries,
taken as a whole, or materially adversely affect the ability of the Borrower to
perform its Obligations.

         5.10  Employee Benefit Plans. The Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries
and each of their respective ERISA Affiliates is in compliance in all material
respects with any applicable provisions of the Code and ERISA and the
regulations and published interpretations thereunder with respect to all Pension
Plans and Multiemployer Plans. As of the Closing Date, no Termination Event has
occurred or is reasonably expected to occur with respect to any Pension Plan and
neither the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries nor any of their respective ERISA
Affiliates has incurred or reasonably expects to incur any withdrawal liability
under ERISA to any Multiemployer Plan, other than the withdrawal liability of
the Greif Companies to the ACTWV Pension Fund.

         5.11  Certain Fees. No broker's or finder's fee or commission will be
payable by or on behalf of the Borrower with respect to this Loan Agreement or
the transactions contemplated hereby, and the Borrower hereby indemnifies the
Banks against and agrees that it will hold the Banks harmless from any claim,
demand or liability for broker's or finder's fees alleged to have been incurred
by the Borrower in connection with this Loan Agreement or the transactions
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         5.12  Defaults. No Event of Default or Potential Default exists under
this Loan Agreement.

         5.13  Disclosure. As of the Closing Date, there is no fact known to the
Borrower which materially adversely affects the business, operations, properties
and assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible) or condition (financial
or otherwise) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, which has
not been disclosed herein or in such other documents, certificates and
statements furnished to the Banks for use in connection with the transactions
contemplated hereby.

         5.14  Margin Stock. None of such Loans or Letters of Credit will be
used for the purpose of purchasing or carrying any "margin stock" as defined in
Regulations U, Regulation X or Regulation G, or for the purpose of reducing or
retiring any Indebtedness which was originally incurred to purchase or carry
"margin stock" or for any other purpose which might constitute this transaction
a "purpose credit" within the meaning of Regulation U, Regulation X or
Regulation G.

                                   ARTICLE VI

                              AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

         The Borrower hereby covenants and agrees that so long as this Loan
Agreement is in effect and until the Loans and Letter of Credit Obligations,
together with interest, fees and all other Obligations hereunder, have been paid
in full and the Commitments hereunder shall have terminated:

         6.1   Financial Statements and Other Reports. The Borrower will
maintain, and cause each of its Subsidiaries to maintain, a system of accounting
established and administered in accordance with sound business practices to
permit preparation of financial statements of the Borrower in conformity with
GAAP. The Borrower will deliver to each of the Banks:

                  (a) as soon as practicable and in any event within 30 days
         after the end of each calendar month (other than January) in each of
         the Borrower's Fiscal Years, and as soon as practicable after the end
         of the month of January, an unaudited consolidated balance sheet and
         income and cash flow statements of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as
         at the end of the accounting month corresponding to such calendar month
         and for the year-to-date period then ended in the form prepared by the
         Borrower for its own use, but in any event setting forth, in
         comparative form, the consolidated figures for the corresponding
         periods of the previous Fiscal Year and the consolidated figures
         included in the operating plan delivered to the Banks pursuant to
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                  (b) as soon as practicable and in any event within 60 days
         after the end of each fiscal quarter in each of the Borrower's Fiscal
         Years, other than the fourth fiscal quarter, an unaudited consolidated
         balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at the end of
         such period and the related unaudited consolidated statements of
         earnings and shareholders equity of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries
         for such fiscal quarter setting forth in comparative form the
         consolidated figures for the corresponding periods of the previous
         Fiscal Year;

                  (c) as soon as practicable and in any event within 100 days
         after the end of each Fiscal Year of the Borrower, a consolidated
         balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at the end of
         such Fiscal Year and the related consolidated statements of earnings,
         of cash flows and of shareholders equity of the Borrower and its
         Subsidiaries for such Fiscal Year, setting forth in comparative form
         the consolidated figures for the previous Fiscal Year, all in
         reasonable detail and accompanied by an opinion thereon of a firm of
         independent public accountants of recognized national standing selected
         by the Borrower, which opinion shall not be subject to a "going
         concern" or similar qualification, to the effect that such consolidated
         financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP and
         present fairly the financial condition of the Borrower reported on and
         that the examination of such accountants in connection with such
         financial statements has been made in accordance with generally
         accepted auditing standards and, accordingly, includes such tests of
         the accounting records and such other auditing procedures as were
         considered necessary in the circumstances;

                  (d) together with each delivery of financial statements of the
         Borrower and its Subsidiaries pursuant to paragraph (b) and (c) above,
         a statement signed by its Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial
         officer, Treasurer or Controller to the effect that no Event of Default
         or Potential Default exists, and that such financial statements present
         fairly the financial position of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries and
         the results of their operations for the period covered thereby, and
         together with each delivery of financial statements of the Borrower and
         its Subsidiaries pursuant to paragraphs (b) and (c) above, a Compliance
         Certificate demonstrating in reasonable detail compliance during and at
         the end of such accounting periods with the restrictions contained in
         Sections 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5 and 7.10;

                  (e) together with each delivery of financial statements of the
         Borrower and its Subsidiaries pursuant to paragraph (c) above, a
         certificate of the accountants addressed to the Agent and the Banks who
         rendered the opinion with respect to such financial statements, stating
         that they have read this Loan Agreement and stating further whether, in
         making their audit, such accountants have become aware of any Event of
         Default or Potential Default under any of the terms or provisions of
         Sections 7.4, 7.5 and 7.10 of this Loan Agreement insofar as any such
         terms or provisions pertain to or involve accounting matters or

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         determinations, and if any such condition or event then exists,
         specifying the nature thereof;

                  (f) within 60 days after the end of each fiscal quarter of
         each fiscal year, a statement signed by its Senior Vice
         President-Finance and Chief Financial officer, Treasurer or Controller
         setting forth the Pricing Ratio as at the end of each such fiscal
         quarter and setting forth that no Event of Default or Potential Default
         exists;

                  (g) promptly upon receipt thereof, copies of all reports
         submitted to the Borrower by independent public accountants in
         connection with each annual, interim or special audit of the financial
         statements of the Borrower made by such accountants, including, without
         limitation, any report to the audit committee of the Borrower's board
         of directors on internal controls or other similar reports submitted by
         such accountants in connection with their annual audit;

                  (h) promptly upon their becoming available, copies of all
         financial statements, reports, notices and proxy statements sent or
         made available generally by the Borrower to its security holders or by
         any Subsidiary of the Borrower to its security holders other than the
         Borrower or another Subsidiary, of all regular and periodic reports and
         all registration statements and prospectuses, if any, filed by the
         Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries with any securities exchange or
         with the Securities and Exchange Commission or any governmental
         authority succeeding to any of its functions, and of all press releases
         and other statements made available generally by the Borrower or any
         Subsidiary to the public concerning material developments in the
         business of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries;

                  (i) promptly upon becoming aware (i) of any condition or event
         which constitutes an Event of Default or Potential Default, or that any
         Bank, the Co-Agent or the Agent has given any notice or taken any other
         action with respect to a claimed Event of Default or Potential Default
         under this Loan Agreement, (ii) that any Person has given any notice to
         the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower or taken any other
         action with respect to a claimed default or event or condition of the
         type referred to in Section 8.1.2, (iii) of the institution of any
         litigation involving an alleged liability of the Borrower or any of its
         Subsidiaries equal to or greater than $10,000,000, individually or in
         the aggregate for all such litigation, or any adverse determination in
         any litigation involving a potential liability of the Borrower or any
         of its Subsidiaries equal to or greater than $3,500,000, individually
         or in the aggregate for all related litigation, (iv) that any civil,
         criminal or administrative action, suit, demand, claim, hearing, notice
         of violation, investigation or proceeding is pending or threatened
         against the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, including, without
         limitation, with respect to any Environmental Laws, involving potential
         liability, penalties or sanctions (including, without limitation,
         estimated cleanup costs), equal to or greater than $10,000,000,
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         of the foregoing involving potential liability of the Borrower or any
         of its Subsidiaries equal to or greater than $3,500,000, individually
         or in the aggregate, (v) of any condition or event which would be
         required to be disclosed in a current report filed by the Borrower with
         the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K (Items 1, 2, 4 and 5
         of such Form as in effect on the date hereof) if the Borrower were
         required to file such reports under the Securities Exchange Act of
         1934, as amended from time to time, and any successor statute, or (vi)
         of a material adverse change in the business, operations, properties
         and assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible) condition or
         prospects (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower and its
         Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, an Officer's Certificate specifying the
         nature and period of existence of any such condition or event, or
         specifying the notice given or action taken by such Person and the
         nature of such claimed default, Event of Default, Potential Default,
         event or condition, and what action the Borrower has taken, is taking
         and proposes to take with respect thereto;

                  (j) promptly upon becoming aware of the occurrence of any (i)
         Termination Event, or (ii) non-exempt "prohibited transaction," as such
         term is defined in Section 4975 of the Code, in connection with any
         Pension Plan or any trust created thereunder, a written notice
         specifying the nature thereof, what action the Borrower has taken, is
         taking or proposes to take with respect thereto, and, when known, any
         action taken or threatened by the Internal Revenue Service, the United
         States Department of Labor or the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
         with respect thereto;

                  (k) with reasonable promptness, copies of (i) all notices
         received by the Borrower or any of its ERISA Affiliates of the Pension
         Benefit Guaranty Corporation's intent to terminate any Pension Plan or
         to have a trustee appointed to administer any Pension Plan; (ii) all
         notices received by the Borrower or any of its ERISA Affiliates from a
         Multiemployer Plan sponsor concerning the imposition or amount of
         withdrawal liability pursuant to Section 4202 of ERISA; (iii) any
         application for the waiver or extension of the minimum funding
         requirements of the Code or ERISA; (iv) any notice of the failure of
         any Pension Plan to meet the minimum funding standards which is
         required under Section 101(d) of ERISA; and (v) any notice of the
         intent to terminate any Pension Plan which is required under Section
         4041(2) of ERISA;

                  (l) as soon as practicable and in any event within ninety (90)
         days after the beginning of each Fiscal Year, the consolidated balance
         sheets, income statements and cash flow statements included in the
         Borrower's operating plan for such Fiscal Year, on a monthly basis;

                  (m) with reasonable promptness, notice of the date the
         Borrower has complied with the provisions of Section 3.2(b)(ii) with
         respect to any applicable 45 day period thereunder; and



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                  (n) with reasonable promptness, such other information and
         data with respect to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries as from
         time to time may be reasonably requested by any Bank.

         6.2 Corporate Existence, etc. The Borrower will at all times preserve
and keep in full force and effect its corporate existence and rights and
franchises material to its business and, except as permitted under Section 7.6,
those of each of its Subsidiaries; provided, that the Borrower shall not be
required to preserve and keep in full force and effect the corporate existence
of any Subsidiary of the Borrower or any right or franchise if the Borrower
reasonably determines that the preservation thereof is no longer desirable in
the conduct of the business of the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower
and that the loss thereof is not disadvantageous in any material respect to the
Banks.

         6.3 Payment of Taxes and Claims. The Borrower will, and will cause each
of its Subsidiaries to, pay all taxes, assessments and other governmental
charges imposed upon it or any of its properties or assets (real and personal,
tangible and intangible) or in respect of any of its franchises, business,
income or property, and all claims (including, without limitation, claims for
labor, services, materials and supplies) for sums which have become due and
payable and which by law have or may become a Lien upon any of its properties or
assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible); provided, that no such
charge or claim need be paid if being contested in good faith by appropriate
proceedings promptly instituted and diligently conducted and if such reserves or
other appropriate provision, if any, as shall be required in conformity with
GAAP shall have been made therefor.

         6.4 Maintenance of Properties; Insurance. The Borrower will maintain or
cause to be maintained in good repair, working order and condition, ordinary
wear and tear excepted, all material properties used or owned or leased in the
business of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries and from time to time will make or
cause to be made all appropriate repairs, renewals and replacements thereof
unless disposed of in the ordinary course of business of the Borrower and its
Subsidiaries or as otherwise permitted by this Loan Agreement. The Borrower will
maintain or cause to be maintained, with financially sound and reputable
insurers, insurance with respect to its properties and business and the
properties and business of its Subsidiaries against loss or damage of the kinds
customarily insured against by business entities of established reputation
engaged in the same or similar businesses and similarly situated, of such types
and in such amounts as are customarily carried under similar circumstances by
such other business entities; provided, that the Borrower may maintain
reasonable selfinsurance (including reasonable deductibles or similar loss or
retained risk thresholds).

         6.5 Inspection. The Borrower will permit any authorized representatives
designated by any Bank to visit and inspect any of the properties of the
Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, including its and their financial and
accounting records, and to make copies and take extracts therefrom, and to
discuss its and their affairs, finances and accounts with its and their
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times during normal business hours and as often as may be reasonably requested.
Each Bank confirms to the Borrower that it is the policy and practice of such
Bank to maintain in confidence all proprietary or confidential information
received by it from its customers, and that it will use efforts to protect the
confidentiality of such information commensurate with its efforts to maintain
the confidentiality of its own proprietary or confidential information, subject
to any obligation it may have to disclose such information to assignees or
participants described in Section 10.3 hereof, and subject to any requirement
that such information be disclosed in connection with any judicial,
administrative or governmental proceeding or to any regulatory authority having
jurisdiction over any of the Banks or their respective operations, or otherwise
under lawful compulsion.

         6.6 Security for Obligations. If the Borrower or any of its
Subsidiaries shall create or assume any Lien upon any of its properties or
assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible), whether now owned or
hereafter acquired, other than Liens permitted by the provisions of Section 7.1,
it shall, within 15 days after the creation of such Lien, make or cause to be
made effective provision whereby the Obligations will be secured by such Lien
equally and ratably with any and all other Indebtedness thereby secured or
entitled to be secured as long as any such other Indebtedness shall be so
secured; provided, that this covenant shall not be construed as consent by the
Banks to any violation by the Borrower of the provisions of Section 7.1.

         6.7 Compliance with Laws, etc. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall
comply with the requirements of all applicable laws, rules, regulations and
orders of any governmental authority, including, without limitation, all
Environmental Laws, noncompliance with which would materially adversely affect
the business, properties and assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible)
operations or condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower or any of its
Subsidiaries.

         6.8 Pari Passu. All the payment obligations of the Borrower arising
under or pursuant to the Loan Documents will at all times rank pari passu with
all other unsecured and unsubordinated payment obligations and liabilities
(including contingent obligations and liabilities) of the Borrower (other than
those which are mandatorily preferred by laws or regulations of general
application).

                                   ARTICLE VII

                               NEGATIVE COVENANTS

         The Borrower hereby covenants and agrees that so long as this Loan
Agreement is in effect and until the Loans and Letter of Credit Obligations,
together with interest, fees and all other Obligations hereunder, have been paid
in full and the Commitments hereunder shall have terminated:



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         7.1 Liens. The Borrower will not, and will not permit any of its
Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, create, incur, assume or permit to
exist any Lien on or with respect to any property or asset of the Borrower or
any of its Subsidiaries, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, or any income
or profits therefrom, except:

                  (a) Liens for taxes, assessments or governmental charges or 
         claims the payment of which is not at the time required by Section 6.3;

                  (b) Statutory Liens of landlords and Liens of carriers,
         warehouses, mechanics, materialmen and other Liens imposed by law
         incurred in the ordinary course of business for sums not yet delinquent
         or being contested in good faith, if such reserves or other appropriate
         provision, if any, as shall be required by GAAP shall have been made
         therefor, and deposits made to obtain the release of such Liens;

                  (c) Liens (other than any Lien imposed by ERISA) incurred or
         deposits made in the ordinary course of business in connection with
         worker's compensation, unemployment insurance and other types of social
         security, or to secure the performance of tenders, statutory
         obligations, surety, stay, appeal or customs bonds, bids, leases,
         government contracts, performance and return-of-money bonds and other
         similar obligations (exclusive of obligations for the payment of
         borrowed money);

                  (d) Any attachment or judgment Lien not constituting an Event 
         of Default pursuant to Section 8.8 hereof;

                  (e) Liens of mortgages or pledges by Subsidiaries of the 
         Borrower of all or part of their assets as security for Indebtedness
         owing by them to the Borrower or to another Subsidiary of the Borrower;

                  (f) The pledge by the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the
         Borrower of documents representing merchandise being exported to any
         place outside the continental limits of the United States of America in
         connection with the discount or sale of foreign drafts or in connection
         with other similar methods of financing such export shipments;

                  (g) Liens on supplies or materials of the Borrower or any
         Subsidiary of the Borrower to secure advances from the United States
         Government or from any agency or instrumentality thereof in connection
         with any contract with such government, agency or instrumentality for
         the manufacture of such supplies or materials, to which the Borrower or
         any Subsidiary of the Borrower is a party, directly or indirectly;

                  (h) Capital Leases and Operating Leases, and all liens, 
         rights of reverter and other possessory rights of the lessors there-
         under;



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                  (i) Zoning restrictions, easements, rights-of-way or other
         restrictions on the use of real property, and minor irregularities in
         the title thereto; and any other Liens and encumbrances similar to
         those described in this paragraph (i) that were not incurred in
         connection with the borrowing of money or the obtaining of advances or
         credits; provided, that all of the foregoing do not in the aggregate
         materially detract from the value of the property of the Borrower and
         its Subsidiaries or materially impair the use thereof in the operation
         of their respective businesses or the marketability thereof;

                  (j) Purchase money security interests granted in connection
         with the acquisition of fixed assets, provided, that the acquisition
         thereof is permitted by Subsection 7.5.4 and such Liens attach only to
         the property acquired thereby;

                  (k) Liens on accounts receivable which have been sold or
         discounted by the Borrower by means of a securitization for purposes of
         securing the obligations incurred by the Borrower in connection with
         such sale provided that (i) the outstanding amount of accounts
         receivable so sold or discounted by the Borrower in the aggregate at
         any time shall not exceed 50% of the face amount of all such
         receivables, (ii) the accounts receivable so sold or discounted are
         substantially similar in credit quality to the accounts receivable
         retained by the Borrower and (iii) the proceeds of such sales shall be
         used to prepay the Obligations and permanently reduce the Committed
         Amounts; and

                  (l) Liens securing obligations under commercial letters of
         credit issued to enable the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries to
         acquire inventory, provided that such Liens are limited to the
         inventory being acquired.

         7.2 Investments. The Borrower will not, and will not permit any of its
Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, make or own any Investment in any
Person, except:

                  (a) The Borrower and its Subsidiaries may make and own
         Investments in (i) marketable direct obligations issued or
         unconditionally guaranteed by the United States Government or issued by
         any agency thereof and backed by the full faith and credit of the
         United States of America, in each case maturing within one year from
         the date of acquisition thereof, (ii) marketable direct obligations
         issued by any state of the United States of America or any political
         subdivision of any such state or any public instrumentality thereof
         maturing within one year from the date of acquisition thereof and, at
         the time of acquisition, having the highest rating obtainable from
         either S&P or Moody's, (iii) commercial paper maturing no more than one
         year from the date of creation thereof and, at the time of acquisition,
         having a rating in one of the two highest rating categories of S&P or
         Moody's, (iv) certificates of deposit, bankers, acceptances or time
         deposits maturing within one year from the date of acquisition thereof
         issued by any of the Banks or any affiliate of any of the Banks, (v)
         certificates of deposit or bankers, acceptances


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        maturing within one year from the date of acquisition thereof or time
        deposits maturing within 30 days from the date of acquisition thereof
        issued by other commercial banks organized under the laws of the United
        States of America or any state thereof or the District of Columbia, each
        having shareholders' equity of not less than $125,000,000, or other
        commercial banks organized under the laws of a foreign country, each
        having shareholders, equity of not less than $500,000,000, (vi)
        repurchase agreements with commercial banks or with securities dealers,
        in any case fully secured as to principal and interest by obligations
        described in clauses (i)-(v) of this paragraph (a), and (vii) money
        market funds given the highest rating by S&P or Moody's and with assets
        of not less than $500,000,000;

                  (b) The Borrower may make and own Investments consisting of
         advances, loans, extensions of credit to or purchases of Securities of,
         or other Investments in, its Subsidiaries, and the Borrower's
         Subsidiaries may make and own Investments consisting of advances,
         loans, extensions of credit or purchases of Securities of, or other
         investments in, the Borrower and Subsidiaries of the Borrower;

                  (c) The Borrower and its Subsidiaries may make and own loans
         or advances to the trustee of various employee incentive and stock
         purchase plans of the Borrower, not to exceed $19,000,000 in the
         aggregate at any one time outstanding;

                  (d) The Borrower and its Subsidiaries may continue to own 
         Investments reflected in the financial statements delivered pursuant to
         Subsection 5.1.3 hereof; and

                  (e) The Borrower and its Subsidiaries may make and own other
         Investments not to exceed in the aggregate at any time outstanding 10%
         of Consolidated Tangible Net Worth.

         7.3 Contingent Obligations. The Borrower will not, and will not permit
any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, create or become or be
liable with respect to any Contingent Obligation, including, without limitation
Contingent Obligations of the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower with
respect to any other Subsidiary of the Borrower, except:

                  (a) The Borrower may remain liable with respect to Contingent
         Obligations arising under trade letters of credit or Contingent
         Obligations reflected as a liability on the Borrower's consolidated
         balance sheet (other than Indebtedness of the Borrower's Subsidiaries);



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                  (b) The Borrower may become or remain liable with respect to
         guaranties of the obligations of Subsidiaries with respect to Operating
         Leases, employment agreements and indebtedness for borrowed money;

                  (c) The Borrower may become and remain liable with respect to
         guaranties of its Subsidiaries' trade payables and accrued liabilities
         incurred in the ordinary course of business;

                  (d) The Borrower may become and remain liable with respect to
         stock purchase notes owing to the trustee of various employee incentive
         and stock purchase plans of the Borrower by participants in such plans;
         provided, that any payments by the Borrower with respect to such notes
         are repaid to the Borrower by such trustee in reduction of loans or
         advances owing by him to the Borrower;

                  (e) The Borrower and Subsidiaries may become and remain liable
         with respect to Contingent Obligations arising out of assignments by
         the Borrower and Subsidiaries of Capital Leases and Operating Leases;

                  (f) The Borrower and any Subsidiary may become and remain
         liable with respect to Contingent Obligations arising out of (i) the
         indemnification of directors, officers, employees and agents to the
         extent permissible under the Tennessee Business Corporation Act or the
         corporation law of the jurisdiction in which such Subsidiary is
         incorporated or organized, (ii) the indemnification of investment
         bankers, commercial banks and other independent consultants or
         professional advisors pursuant to agreements relating to the
         underwriting of the Borrower's or such Subsidiary's securities or the
         rendering of banking or professional services for the Borrower or such
         Subsidiary, and (iii) the indemnification of landlords, lessors,
         licensors, licensees and other parties pursuant to agreements entered
         into in the ordinary course of business by the Borrower or such
         Subsidiary;

                  (g) The Borrower may become and remain liable with respect to
         guaranties of or letters of credit supporting Indebtedness of
         Subsidiaries (including, without limitation, Capital Leases) and other
         Contingent Obligations not to exceed in aggregate amount at any time
         outstanding 10% of Consolidated Tangible Net Worth (exclusive of any
         foreign currency fluctuations); and

                  (h) The Borrower may incur customary and reasonable indemnity
         obligations in connection with the sale of assets permitted by Section
         7.6 hereof.

         7.4 Restricted Payments. The Borrower will not, and will not permit any
of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, declare, order, pay, make or set
apart any sum for any Restricted Payment; provided, that, so long as no Event of
Default or Potential Default has occurred and is continuing or would occur as a
result of such action:

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                  (a) The Borrower may make Restricted Payments if the
         cumulative amount of all such Restricted Payments (including any
         Restricted Payment proposed to be made) after the Closing Date would
         not exceed the sum of (i) $5,000,000.00; plus (ii) 50%, if positive, or
         minus 100%, if negative, of cumulative Consolidated Net Income after
         January 31, 1995 to the end of the accounting month immediately
         preceding the date of the action by the board of directors of the
         Borrower declaring or authorizing the Restricted Payment, taken as a
         single period; plus (iii) 50% of the cumulative net cash proceeds of
         the issuance of new equity Securities by the Borrower, other than
         proceeds applied for the purposes described in clauses (i)(C) and
         (ii)(B) of the definition of Restricted Payment;

                  (b) The Borrower may make Restricted Payments with respect to
         the Borrower's Convertible Preferred Stock; and

                  (c) The Borrower may make Restricted Payments described in
         clause (ii)(D) of the definition of Restricted Payments at a price not
         to exceed $.05 per Shareholder Right or $2,000,000 in the aggregate for
         all such Shareholder Rights.

         7.5   Financial Covenants.

         7.5.1 Consolidated Tangible Net Worth. The Borrower will maintain
Consolidated Tangible Net Worth of at least $55,000,000 as of the end of any
quarterly or annual accounting period; provided, however, such required amount
shall be increased on the first day of Fiscal Year 1999 and on the first day of
each Fiscal Year thereafter by an amount equal to 50% of positive Consolidated
Net Income for the Fiscal Year then ending, such increases to be cumulative;
provided further, such required amount shall be further increased by the amount
of the net proceeds received by the Borrower on account of any Equity Issuance,
any such increase to be effective as of the date of receipt by the Borrower of
such proceeds.

         7.5.2 Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio. The Borrower will
maintain as of the last day of each of the following quarterly accounting
periods, a Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio of not less than:


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<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                  Quarter Ending                       Ratio
                  --------------                      ------
                  <S>                                <C>
                  October 31, 1997 and each          1.60 to 1.0
                     quarter ending thereafter
                     through October 31, 1999

                  January 31, 2000 and each          1.63 to 1.0
                     quarter ending thereafter
                     through October 31, 2001

                  January 31, 2001 and each          1.65 to 1.0
                     quarter ending thereafter
</TABLE>


         7.5.3 Consolidated Indebtedness/Total Capital. The Borrower will
maintain a ratio of Consolidated Indebtedness to Total Capital of less than
(a).65 to 1.0 on the last day of the fiscal quarter ending October 31, 1997, (b)
 .63 to 1.0 on the last day of the fiscal quarters ending January 31, 1998
through October 31, 1998, (c) .60 to 1.0 on the last day of the fiscal quarters
ending January 31, 1999 through October 31, 1999, (d) .55 to 1.0 on the last day
of the fiscal quarters ending January 31, 2000 through October 31, 2000 and (e)
 .50 to 1.0 on the last day of the fiscal quarter ending January 31, 2001 and on
the last day of each fiscal quarter ending thereafter.

         7.5.4 Capital Expenditures. The Borrower will not, and will not permit
any of its Subsidiaries to, purchase or otherwise acquire, or commit to purchase
or otherwise acquire, any fixed or capital asset or otherwise make or incur
obligations for Capital Expenditures by the expenditure of cash or the
incurrence of Indebtedness, the cost of which (or, in the case of any
acquisition not in the nature of an ordinary purchase, the book value of the
consideration given for which), when aggregated with the costs of all other such
assets purchased or otherwise acquired by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries
taken as a whole during such Fiscal Year, would exceed $30,000,000 during any
Fiscal Year (commencing with the Fiscal Year ending January 31, 1998; provided,
that, if during any Fiscal Year Capital Expenditures are less than $30,000,000,
the lesser of (i) the difference between $30,000,000 and the actual Capital
Expenditures for such Fiscal Year, or (ii) $3,000,000 (such lesser amount being
referred to as the "Excess Capital Expenditures Allowance") shall be carried
forward so as to increase the maximum Capital Expenditures which may be made in
accordance with this Subsection 7.5.4 for the immediately succeeding Fiscal
Year, but not for any other subsequent Fiscal Year, except to the extent
permitted by the next succeeding sentence. Capital Expenditures made in any such
succeeding Fiscal Year shall be applied first to the Excess Capital Expenditures
Allowance carried forward until such Allowance is exhausted and shall then be
applied to the maximum Capital Expenditures specified above for such Fiscal Year
in determining whether an Excess Capital Expenditure Allowance is available to
be carried forward to the next succeeding Fiscal Year in the manner described in
this Subsection 7.5.4.



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         7.5.5  [intentionally left blank]

         7.5.6  [intentionally left blank]

         7.6    Restrictions on Fundamental Changes. The Borrower will not, and
will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to (i) enter into any transaction of
merger or consolidation, or liquidate, wind up or dissolve itself (or suffer any
liquidation or dissolution), or (ii) convey, sell, lease, transfer or otherwise
dispose of subsequent to the Closing Date, in one or more transactions, all or
any portion of its business, properties or assets (real and personal, tangible
and intangible) or any stock or other Securities of any of its Subsidiaries,
whether now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting in the aggregate for all
of such transactions more than 10% of Consolidated Tangible Assets as of the
Closing Date; provided, that, so long as no Event of Default or Potential
Default has occurred and is continuing or would occur as a result thereof, (x)
any Subsidiary of the Borrower may be merged or consolidated with or into the
Borrower or any direct wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Borrower, or be
liquidated, wound up or dissolved, or all or substantially all of its business,
properties or assets (real and personal, tangible and intangible) may be
conveyed, sold, leased, transferred or otherwise disposed of, in one transaction
or a series of transactions, to the Borrower or any direct wholly-owned
Subsidiary of the Borrower; and (y) the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries may
acquire any Person by merger or consolidation, provided that the Borrower or
such Subsidiary is the corporation surviving such merger or consolidation, in
any transaction that would not cause an Event of Default or Potential Default
under this Loan Agreement.

         7.7    ERISA. The Borrower will not, and will not permit any of its
ERISA Affiliates to:

                (a) engage in any transaction in connection with which the
         Borrower or any of its ERISA Affiliates could be subject to either a
         civil penalty assessed pursuant to Section 502(i) of ERISA or a tax
         imposed by Section 4975 of the Code in either case in an amount in any
         Fiscal Year greater than $1,000,000;

                (b) fail to make full payment when due of all amounts which,
         under the provisions of any Pension Plan or applicable law, the
         Borrower or any of its ERISA Affiliates is required to pay as
         contributions thereto, or permit to exist any accumulated funding
         deficiency with respect to any Pension Plan with respect to any plan
         year; or

                (c) fail to make any payment to any Multiemployer Plan that
         the Borrower or any of its ERISA Affiliates may be required to make
         under any agreement relating to such Multiemployer Plan, or any law
         pertaining thereto.

As used in this Section 7.7, the term "accumulated funding deficiency" has the
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         7.8 Transactions with Shareholders and Affiliates. The Borrower will
not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly,
enter into or permit to exist any transaction (including, without limitation,
the purchase, sale, lease or exchange of any property or the rendering of any
service) with any holder of 5% or more of the voting power of the Borrower's
capital stock, or with any Affiliate of the Borrower or of any such holder, on
terms that are materially less favorable to the Borrower or that Subsidiary, as
the case may be, than those which would be obtained at the time from Persons who
are not such a holder or an Affiliate; provided, that the foregoing restriction
shall not apply to any transaction between the Borrower and any of its
wholly-owned Subsidiaries or between any of its wholly-owned Subsidiaries.

         7.9 Subsidiary Securities. The Borrower will not, directly or
indirectly, sell, assign, pledge or otherwise encumber or dispose of any shares
or other Securities of any of its Subsidiaries, or permit any of its
Subsidiaries, directly or indirectly, to sell, assign, pledge or otherwise
encumber or dispose of any shares or other Securities of such Subsidiary or of
any other such Subsidiary, except (i) to the Borrower and any of its
wholly-owned Subsidiaries, (ii) to qualify directors if required by applicable
law, (iii) the issuance of promissory notes, drafts or other instruments or
Securities by a Subsidiary to evidence indebtedness otherwise permitted by
Section 7.10 and (iv) to the extent otherwise permitted by Section 7.6(ii).

         7.10 Subsidiary Indebtedness. The Borrower will neither cause nor
permit (i) any Subsidiary acquired by the Borrower after the Closing Date to
incur any Indebtedness in connection with the acquisition of such Subsidiary by
the Borrower (but any such Subsidiary may continue to have outstanding after the
consummation of such acquisition any Indebtedness previously incurred by such
Subsidiary); or (ii) any of its Subsidiaries, whether now owned or hereafter
created or acquired, to incur any Indebtedness if the aggregate Indebtedness of
all of the Borrower's Subsidiaries (excluding Indebtedness permitted under
clause (i)) would, giving effect to the Indebtedness proposed to be incurred,
exceed 7-1/2% of Consolidated Tangible Assets.

         7.11 Restrictions on Subsidiary Dividends. The Borrower will not permit
any of its Subsidiaries to enter into any agreement prohibiting or restricting
the declaration or payment of cash dividends or other payments by such
Subsidiary in respect of Securities of such Subsidiaries to, or the making of
loans, advances to, or other Investments by such Subsidiary in, the Borrower.

         7.12 Independence of Covenants. All covenants hereunder shall be given
independent effect so that if a particular action or condition is not permitted
by any of such covenants, the fact that it would be permitted by an exception
to, or be otherwise within the limitations of, another covenant shall not avoid
the occurrence of an Event of Default or Potential Default if such action is
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                                  ARTICLE VIII

                                EVENTS OF DEFAULT

         8.1   Events of Default. If any of the following conditions or events
("Events of Default") shall occur:

         8.1.1 Failure to Make Payments When Due. Failure of the Borrower to
make any payment or prepayment of principal when due hereunder, whether at
stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise; or failure of the Borrower to pay
any interest, fees or other amounts due under this Loan Agreement within five
(5) days after the date when due hereunder; or

         8.1.2 Default in Other Agreements. Failure of the Borrower or any of
its Subsidiaries to pay, or any default in the payment of, any principal or
interest on any Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness evidenced by the Notes) or
in the payment of any Contingent Obligation, in either case where the aggregate
Indebtedness or Contingent Obligation exceeds $1,000,000, beyond any period of
grace provided; or any breach or default with respect to any evidence of any
Indebtedness or Contingent Obligation (other than the Indebtedness evidenced by
the Notes) or of any loan agreement, mortgage, indenture or other agreement
relating thereto where the aggregate principal amount of such Indebtedness or
Contingent Obligation then outstanding exceeds $1,000,000, beyond any period of
grace provided, if the effect of such failure, default or breach is to cause, or
to permit the holder or holders of that Indebtedness or Contingent Obligation
(or a trustee on behalf of such holder or holders) to cause, that Indebtedness
or Contingent Obligation to become or be declared due prior to its stated
maturity (upon the giving or receiving of notice, lapse of time, both, or
otherwise); or

         8.1.3 Breach of Certain Covenants. Failure of the Borrower to perform
or comply with any term or condition contained in Sections 6.2, 6.6, 7.4, 7.5 or
7.6 of this Loan Agreement; or

         8.1.4 Warranty. Any of the Borrower's representations or warranties
made herein or in any statement or certificate at any time given by or on behalf
of the Borrower in writing pursuant hereto or in connection herewith shall be
false in any material respect on the date as of which made; or

         8.1.5 Other Defaults under this Loan Agreement. The Borrower shall
default in the performance of or compliance with any provision contained in this
Loan Agreement other than those referred to above in Sections 8.1, 8.1.3 or
8.1.4 and such default shall not have been remedied or waived within fifteen
(15) days after receipt of notice from the Agent or any Bank of such default, in
the case of Sections 7.1-7.3 or 7.7-7.11, or within thirty (30) days after
receipt of notice from the Agent or any Bank of such default, in the case of any
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         8.1.6 Involuntary Bankruptcy; Appointment of Receiver, etc. (i) A
decree or order for relief in respect of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries
shall have been entered in an involuntary case under any applicable bankruptcy,
insolvency or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, which decree or
order is not stayed; or (ii) an involuntary case is commenced against the
Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries under any applicable bankruptcy, insolvency
or other similar law now or hereafter in effect; or a decree or order of a court
having jurisdiction in the premises for the appointment of a receiver,
liquidator, sequestrator, trustee, custodian or other officer having similar
powers over the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, or over all or a
substantial part of its property, shall have been entered; or the involuntary
appointment of an interim receiver, trustee or other custodian of the Borrower
or any of its Subsidiaries for all or a substantial part of its property; or the
issuance of a warrant of attachment, execution or similar process against any
substantial part of the property of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, and
the continuance of any such events described in this clause (ii) for 60
consecutive days unless dismissed, bonded or discharged; or

         8.1.7 Voluntary Bankruptcy: Appointment of Receiver, etc. The Borrower
or any of its Subsidiaries shall have an order for relief entered with respect
to it or commence a voluntary case under any applicable bankruptcy, insolvency
or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, or shall consent to the entry
of an order for relief in an involuntary case, or to the conversion to an
involuntary case, under any such law, or shall consent to the appointment of or
taking possession by a receiver, trustee or other custodian for all or a
substantial part of its property; the making by the Borrower or any of its
Subsidiaries of any assignment for the benefit of creditors; or the inability or
failure of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, or the admission by the
Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in writing of its inability to pay its debts
as such debts become due; or the Board of Directors of the Borrower or any of
its Subsidiaries (or any committee thereof) adopts any resolution or otherwise
authorizes action to approve any of the foregoing; or

         8.1.8 Judgments and Attachments. Any money judgment, writ or warrant of
attachment or similar process involving in any case an amount in excess of
$2,000,000 or any series of money judgments, writs or warrants of attachment or
similar processes involving in the aggregate an amount in excess of $2,000,000
shall be entered or filed against the Borrower or its Subsidiaries or any of
their respective assets and shall remain undischarged, unvacated, unbonded or
unstayed for a period of forty-five (45) days or in any event later than five
(5) days prior to the date of any proposed sale under any such judgment, writ or
warrant of attachment or similar process; or

         8.1.9 Condemnations and Seizures. Any court, government or governmental
agency shall condemn, seize or otherwise appropriate, or take custody or control
of all or any portion of the property of the Borrower or any Subsidiary
constituting a substantial portion of the consolidated total assets of the
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         8.1.10 Dissolution. Any order, judgment or decree shall be entered
against the Borrower decreeing the dissolution or split up of the Borrower and
such order shall remain undischarged or unstayed for a period in excess of
thirty (30) days; or

         8.1.11 Unfunded ERISA Liabilities. (i) Any Pension Plan maintained by
the Borrower or any of its ERISA Affiliates shall be terminated within the
meaning of Title IV of ERISA, (ii) a trustee shall be appointed by an
appropriate United States district court to administer any Pension Plan, (iii)
the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (or any successor thereto) shall
institute proceedings to terminate any Pension Plan, or (iv) the Borrower or any
of its ERISA Affiliates shall withdraw (under Section 4063 of ERISA) from a
Pension Plan, if, as of the date thereof or any subsequent date, the sum of each
of the Borrower's and its ERISA Affiliates' various liabilities (such
liabilities to include, without limitation, any liability to the Pension Benefit
Guaranty Corporation (or any successor thereto) or to any other party under
Sections 4062, 4063 or 4064 of ERISA or any other provision of law) resulting
from or otherwise associated with such events listed in clauses (i) through (iv)
above exceeds $1,000,000, exclusive of any withdrawal liability incurred by the
Grief Companies division of the Borrower to the Amalgamated Pension Fund, a
Multiemployer Plan;

then, in any such event, and at any time thereafter, the Agent, upon the written
direction of the Majority Banks, shall, by written notice to the Borrower take
any of the following actions:

                  (i)   Termination of Commitments. Declare the Banks'
        obligations to make Loans and the Letter of Credit Bank's obligation to 
        issue Letters of Credit to be terminated whereupon the Banks'
        Commitments shall be immediately terminated and any commissions or fees
        relating to the Commitments shall thereupon become immediately due and
        payable without further notice of any kind;

                  (ii)  Acceleration of Loans. Declare the unpaid principal of
         and any accrued interest in respect of all the Notes to be due
         whereupon the same shall be immediately due and payable without
         presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which
         are hereby waived by the Borrower;

                  (iii) Enforcement of Rights. Enforce any and all rights and
        interests created and existing under the Loan Documents and all rights
        of set-off;

                  (iv)  Cash Collateral. Direct the Borrower to pay (and the
         Borrower agrees that upon receipt of such notice, or upon the
         occurrence of an Event of Default under Section 8.1.6 or 8.1.7), it
         will immediately without notice pay to the Agent an amount equal to the
         then outstanding Letter of Credit Obligations which at the option of
         the Borrower will either be used to prepay such outstanding Letter of
         Credit Obligations or paid to the Agent to be held in a cash collateral
         account in the name of the Agent and under the dominion and control of
         the Agent as additional security for the reimbursement obligations
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        on account of subsequent drawings or payments under Letters of Credit
        still outstanding;

provided, however, that, notwithstanding the foregoing, if an Event of Default
specified in Section 8.1.6 or 8.1.7 shall occur, then the Banks' Commitments
shall automatically terminate and the Notes and the Loans shall immediately
become due and payable without the giving of any notice or other action by the
Agent or the Banks.

                                   ARTICLE IX

                                AGENCY PROVISIONS

         9.1 Appointment. Each Bank hereby irrevocably designates and appoints
the Agent to act as its agent specified herein and the other Loan Documents, and
each such Bank hereby irrevocably authorizes the Agent, as the agent for such
Bank, to take such action on its behalf under the provisions of this Loan
Agreement and the other Loan Documents and to exercise such powers and perform
such duties as are expressly delegated to the Agent by the terms hereof and of
the other Loan Documents, together with such other powers as are reasonably
incidental thereto. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary elsewhere
herein and in the other Loan Documents, the Agent shall not have any duties or
responsibilities except those expressly set forth herein and therein, or any
fiduciary relationship with any Bank, and no implied covenants, functions,
responsibilities, duties, obligations or liabilities shall be read into this
Loan Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, or shall otherwise exist
against the Agent. The provisions of this Article are solely for the benefit of
the Agent and the Banks and the Borrower shall not have any rights as a third
party beneficiary of the provisions hereof. In performing its functions and
duties under this Loan Agreement and the other Loan Documents, the Agent shall
act solely as agent of the Banks and does not assume and shall not be deemed to
have assumed any obligation or relationship of agency or trust with or for the
Borrower.

         9.2 Delegation of Duties. The Agent may execute any of its respective
duties hereunder or under the other Loan Documents by or through agents or
attorneys-in-fact and shall be entitled to advice of counsel concerning all
legal matters pertaining to such duties. The Agent shall not be responsible for
the negligence or misconduct of any agents or attorneys-in-fact selected by it
with reasonable care except to the extent otherwise required by Section 9.3.

         9.3 Exculpatory Provisions. Neither the Agent nor any of its respective
officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys-in-fact or affiliates shall be
(a) liable for any action lawfully taken or omitted to be taken by them or such
Person under or in connection herewith or in connection with any of the other
Loan Documents (except for their or such Person's own gross negligence or
willful misconduct), or (b) responsible in any manner to any of the Banks for
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made by the Borrower contained herein or in any of the other Loan Documents or
in any certificate, report, statement or other document referred to or provided
for in, or received by the Agent under or in connection herewith or in
connection with the other Loan Documents, or enforceability or sufficiency
herefor of any of the other Loan Documents, or for any failure of either of the
Borrower to perform its obligations hereunder or thereunder. The Agent shall not
be responsible to any Bank for the effectiveness, genuineness, validity,
enforceability, collectibility or sufficiency of this Loan Agreement or any of
the other Loan Documents or for any representations, warranties, recitals or
statements made herein or therein or made in any written or oral statement or in
any financial or other statements, instruments, reports, certificates or any
other documents in connection herewith or therewith furnished or made by or on
behalf of the Borrower to the Agent or any Bank or be required to ascertain or
inquire as to the performance or observance of any of the terms, conditions,
provisions, covenants or agreements contained herein or therein or as to the use
of the proceeds of the Loans or of the existence or possible existence of any
Potential Default or Event of Default or to inspect the properties, books or
records of the Borrower.

         9.4 Reliance on Communications. The Agent shall be entitled to rely,
and shall be fully protected in relying, upon any note, writing, resolution,
notice, consent, certificate, affidavit, letter, cablegram, telegram, telecopy,
telex or teletype message, statement, order or other document or conversation
believed by it to be genuine and correct and to have been signed, sent or made
by the proper Person or Persons and upon advice and statements of legal counsel
(including, without limitation, counsel to the Borrower), independent
accountants and other experts selected by the Agent. The Agent may deem and
treat the Banks as the owner of their respective interests hereunder for all
purposes unless a written notice of assignment, negotiation or transfer thereof
shall have been filed with the Agent in accordance with this Loan Agreement. The
Agent shall be fully justified in failing or refusing to take any action under
this Loan Agreement or under any of the other Loan Documents unless it shall
first receive such advice or concurrence of the Majority Banks as it deems
appropriate or it shall first be indemnified to its satisfaction by the Banks
against any and all liability and expense which may be incurred by them by
reason of taking or continuing to take any such action. Except as expressly
provided to the contrary herein, the Agent shall in all cases be fully protected
in acting, or in refraining from acting, hereunder or under any of the other
Loan Documents in accordance with a request of the Majority Banks (or to the
extent specifically provided in Section 10.6, with a request of all the Banks)
and such request and any action taken or failure to act pursuant thereto shall
be binding upon all the Banks (including their successors and assigns).

         9.5 Notice of Default. The Agent shall not be deemed to have knowledge
or notice of the occurrence of any Potential Default or Event of Default
hereunder unless the Agent has received notice from a Bank or the Borrower
referring to the Loan Document, describing such Potential Default or Event of
Default and stating that such notice is a "notice of default." In the event that
the Agent receives such a notice, the Agent shall give prompt notice thereof to
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such Potential Default or Event of Default as shall be directed by the Majority
Banks; provided that, unless and until the Agent shall have received such
directions, the Agent may (but shall not be obligated to) take such action, or
refrain from taking such action, with respect to such Potential Default or Event
of Default as it shall deem advisable in the best interests of the Banks.

         9.6 Non-Reliance on Agent and Other Banks. Each Bank expressly
acknowledges that neither the Agent nor any of its respective officers,
directors, employees, agents, attorneys-in-fact or affiliates has made any
representations or warranties to them and that no act by the Agent or any
respective affiliate thereof hereinafter taken, including any review of the
affairs of the Borrower, shall be deemed to constitute any representation or
warranty by the Agent to any Bank. Each Bank represents to the Agent that it
has, independently and without reliance upon the Agent or any other Bank, and
based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its
own appraisal of and investigation into the business, assets, operations,
property, financial and other conditions, prospects and creditworthiness of the
Borrower and made its own decision to make its Loans hereunder and enter into
this Loan Agreement. Each Bank also represents that it will, independently and
without reliance upon the Agent or any other Bank, and based on such documents
and information as it shall deem appropriate at the time, continue to make its
own credit analysis, appraisals and decisions in taking or not taking action
under this Loan Agreement, and to make such investigation as it deems necessary
to inform itself as to the business, assets, operations, property, financial and
other conditions, prospects and creditworthiness of the Borrower. Except for
notices, reports and other documents expressly required to be furnished to the
Banks by the Agent hereunder, the Agent shall not have any duty or
responsibility to provide any Bank with any credit or other information
concerning the business, operations, assets, property, financial or other
conditions, prospects or creditworthiness of the Borrower which may come into
the possession of the Agent or any of its respective officers, directors,
employees, agents, attorneys-in-fact or affiliates.

         9.7 Indemnification. The Banks agree to indemnify the Agent in its
capacity as such on a pro rata basis based upon the Commitment Percentages of
the Banks from and against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses,
damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, reasonable expenses or
disbursements of any kind whatsoever which may at any time (including without
limitation at any time following the payment of the Obligations) be imposed on,
incurred by or asserted against the Agent in its capacity as such in any way
relating to or arising out of this Loan Agreement or the other Loan Documents or
any documents contemplated by or referred to herein or therein or the
transactions contemplated hereby or thereby or any action taken or omitted by
the Agent under or in connection with any of the foregoing; provided that no
Bank shall be liable for the payment of any portion of such liabilities,
obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs,
expenses or disbursements to the extent paid by the Borrower or to the extent
resulting from the Agent's gross negligence or willful misconduct. If any
indemnity furnished to the Agent for any purpose shall, in the opinion of the
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indemnity and cease, or not commence, to do the acts indemnified against until
such additional indemnity is furnished. The agreements in this Section shall
survive the payment of the Obligations and all other amounts payable hereunder
and under the other Loan Documents.

         9.8  Agent in its Individual Capacity. The Agent and its respective
affiliates may make loans to, accept deposits from and generally engage in any
kind of business with the Borrower as though the Agent were not the Agent
hereunder. With respect to the Loans made hereunder, the Agent shall have the
same rights and powers under this Loan Agreement as any Bank and may exercise
the same as though it were not the Agent, and the terms "Bank" and "Banks" shall
include the Agent in its individual capacity.

         9.9  Successor Agents. The Agent may, at any time, resign as Agent
hereunder upon 30 days written notice to the Banks, and be removed as Agent
hereunder with or without cause by the Majority Banks upon 30 days written
notice to the Agent. Upon any such resignation or removal, the Majority Banks
shall have the right to appoint a successor Agent with the consent of the
Borrower, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld. If no successor Agent
shall have been so appointed by the Majority Banks, and shall have accepted such
appointment, within 30 days after the notice of resigning Agent's resignation or
the Majority Banks' notice of removal, then the retiring Agent shall select a
successor Agent provided such successor Agent is a commercial bank organized
under the laws of the United States of America or of any State thereof and has a
combined capital and surplus of at least $400,000,000. Upon the acceptance of
any appointment as Agent hereunder by a successor Agent, such successor Agent
shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers,
privileges and duties of the retiring Agent, and the retiring Agent shall be
discharged from its duties and obligations as Agent under this Loan Agreement
and the other Loan Documents and the provisions of this Section shall inure to
its benefit as to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was
Agent under this Loan Agreement.

         9.10 Co-Agent. The Co-Agent shall have no duties or responsibilities
hereunder or under any of the other Loan Documents.

                                    ARTICLE X

                                  MISCELLANEOUS

         10.1 Notices. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all
notices and other communications shall have been duly given and shall be
effective (a) when delivered, (b) when transmitted via telecopy (or other
facsimile device) to the number set out below, (c) the day following the day on
which the same has been delivered prepaid to a reputable national overnight air
courier service, or (d) the third Business Day following the day on which the
same is sent by certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, in each case to
the respective parties at the address set forth opposite such party's name on
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signature pages hereto, or at such other address as such party may specify
by written notice to the other parties hereto.

         10.2 Right of Set-Off. In addition to any rights now or hereafter
granted under applicable law or otherwise, and not by way of limitation of any
such rights, upon the occurrence of an Event of Default, each Bank is authorized
at any time and from time to time, without presentment, demand, protest or other
notice of any kind (all of which rights being hereby expressly waived), to
set-off and to appropriate and apply any and all deposits (general or special)
and any other indebtedness at any time held or owing by such Bank (including,
without limitation, branches, agencies or Affiliates of such Bank wherever
located) to or for the credit or the account of the Borrower against obligations
and liabilities of the Borrower to such Bank hereunder, under the Notes, the
other Loan Documents or otherwise, irrespective of whether such Bank shall have
made any demand hereunder and although such obligations, liabilities or claims,
or any of them, may be contingent or unmatured, and any such set-off shall be
deemed to have been made immediately upon the occurrence of an Event of Default
even though such charge is made or entered on the books of such Bank subsequent
thereto. The Borrower hereby agrees that any Person purchasing a participation
in the Loans and Commitments hereunder pursuant to Section 10.3(c) may exercise
all rights of set-off with respect to its participation interest as fully as if
such Person were a Bank hereunder.

         10.3 Benefit of Agreement.

                  (a) Generally. This Loan Agreement shall be binding upon and
         inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the respective successors
         and assigns of the parties hereto; provided that the Borrower may not
         assign and transfer any of its interests without prior written consent
         of the Banks; provided further that the rights of each Bank to
         transfer, assign or grant participations in its rights and/or
         obligations hereunder shall be limited as set forth in this Section
         10.3.

                  (b) Assignments. Each Bank may assign all or a portion of its
         rights and obligations hereunder pursuant to an assignment agreement
         substantially in the form of Exhibit 10.3 to one or more commercial
         banks, financial institutions or "accredited investors" (as defined in
         SEC Regulation D), provided that (i) any such assignment shall be in a
         minimum aggregate amount of $5,000,000 of the Commitment above such
         amount and (ii) the Borrower and the Agent shall consent to such
         assignment (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld). Any
         assignment hereunder shall be effective upon delivery to the Agent of
         written notice of the assignment and the satisfaction of the terms and
         conditions relating thereto contained herein. The assigning Bank will
         give prompt notice to the Agent and the Borrower of any such
         assignment. Upon the effectiveness of any such assignment (and after
         notice to the Borrower as provided herein), the assignee shall become a
         "Bank" for all purposes of this Loan Agreement and the other Loan
         Documents and, to the extent of such assignment, the assigning Bank
         shall be relieved of its obligations hereunder to the extent of the
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        Commitment components and other Obligations being assigned. Along such
        lines the Borrower agrees that upon notice of any such assignment and
        surrender of its Note, it will promptly provide to the assigning Bank
        and to the assignee separate promissory notes in the amount of their
        respective interests substantially in the form of the original Note (but
        with notation thereon that it is given in substitution for and
        replacement of the original Note or any replacement notes thereof).

                  (c) Participations. Each Bank may sell, transfer grant or
         assign, participations in all or any part of such Bank's interests and
         obligations hereunder to any bank or other institution, provided that
         (i) such selling Bank shall remain a "Bank" for all purposes under this
         Loan Agreement (such selling Bank's obligations under the Loan
         Documents remaining unchanged) and the participant shall not constitute
         a Bank hereunder, (ii) no such participant shall have, or be granted,
         rights to approve any amendment or waiver relating to this Loan
         Agreement or the other Loan Documents except to the extent any such
         amendment or waiver would (y) reduce the principal of or rate of
         interest on or fees in respect of any Loans or Letters of Credit in
         which the participant is participating, (z) postpone the date fixed for
         any payment of principal (including the Termination Date of the
         Revolving Loans), interest, fees or other Obligations in which the
         participant is participating or and (iii) sub-participations by the
         participant (except to an affiliate, parent company or affiliate of a
         parent company of the participant) shall be prohibited. In the case of
         any such participation, the participant shall not have any rights under
         this Loan Agreement or the other Loan Documents (the participant's
         rights against the selling Bank in respect of such participation to be
         those set forth in the participation agreement with such Bank creating
         such participation) and all amounts payable by the Borrower hereunder
         shall be determined as if such Bank had not sold such participation.

         10.4 No Waiver; Remedies Cumulative. No failure or delay on the part of
the Agent or any Bank in exercising any right, power or privilege hereunder or
under any other Loan Document and no course of dealing between the Borrower and
the Agent or any Bank shall operate as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or
partial exercise of any right, power or privilege hereunder or under any other
Loan Document preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of
any other right, power or privilege hereunder or thereunder. The rights and
remedies provided herein are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights or
remedies which the Agent or any Bank would otherwise have. No notice to or
demand on the Borrower in any case shall entitle the Borrower to any other or
further notice or demand in similar or other circumstances or constitute a
waiver of the rights of the Agent or the Banks to any other or further action in
any circumstances without notice or demand.

         10.5 Payment of Expenses, etc. The Borrower agrees to: (a) pay all
reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses of the Agent in connection with the
syndication of this Loan Agreement, the due diligence associated with this
transaction and the negotiation, preparation, execution and delivery and
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other Loan Documents and the documents and instruments referred to therein
(including, without limitation, the reasonable fees and expenses of special
counsel to the Agent) and any amendment, waiver or consent relating hereto and
thereto, including, but not limited to, any such amendments, waivers or consents
resulting from or related to any work-out, renegotiation or restructure relating
to the performance by the Borrower under this Loan Agreement and of the Banks in
connection with enforcement of the Loan Documents and the documents and
instruments referred to therein (including, without limitation, the reasonable
fees and disbursements of counsel for the Agent and each of the Banks); (b) pay
and hold each of the Banks harmless from and against any and all present and
future stamp, recording and other similar taxes with respect to the foregoing
matters and save each of the Banks harmless from and against any and all
liabilities with respect to or resulting from any delay or omission (other than
to the extent attributable to such Bank) to pay such taxes; and (c) indemnify
each Bank, its officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from
and hold each of them harmless against any and all losses, liabilities, claims,
damages or expenses incurred by any of them as a result of, or arising out of,
or in any way related to, or by reason of, any investigation, litigation or
other proceeding (whether or not any Bank is a party thereto) related to the
entering into and/or performance of any Loan Document or the use of proceeds of
any Loans hereunder or the consummation of any other transactions contemplated
in any Loan Document, including, without limitation, the reasonable fees and
disbursements of counsel incurred in connection with any such investigation,
litigation or other proceeding (but excluding any such losses, liabilities,
claims, damages or expenses to the extent incurred by reason of gross negligence
or willful misconduct on the part of the Person to be indemnified).

         10.6 Amendments, Waivers and Consents. Neither this Loan Agreement nor
any other Loan Document nor any of the terms hereof or thereof may be amended,
changed, waived, discharged or terminated unless such amendment, change, waiver,
discharge or termination is in writing signed by the Majority Banks and the
Borrower, provided that no such amendment, change, waiver, discharge or
termination shall, without the consent of each Bank, (a) extend the scheduled
maturities (including the final maturity and any mandatory prepayments) of any
Loan or any portion thereof, or reduce the rate or extend the time of payment of
interest thereon or fees hereunder or reduce the principal amount thereof, or
increase the Commitment of any Bank over the amount thereof then in effect, (b)
amend, modify or waive any provision of this Section, (c) reduce any percentage
specified in, or otherwise modify, the definition of Majority Banks, (d) consent
to the assignment or transfer by the Borrower of any of its rights and
obligations under (or in respect of) this Loan Agreement or (e) modify the
definition of "Termination Date". No provision of Article IX may be amended
without the consent of the Agent.

         10.7 Counterparts. This Loan Agreement may be executed in any number of
counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be an original,
but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument. It shall not be
necessary in making proof of this Loan Agreement to produce or account for more
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         10.8   Headings. The headings of the sections and subsections hereof
are provided for convenience only and shall not in any way affect the meaning or
construction of any provision of this Loan Agreement.

         10.9   Survival. All indemnities set forth herein, including, without
limitation, in Section 3.4 or 10.5, shall survive the execution and delivery of
this Loan Agreement, the making of the Loans, the repayment of the Loans and
other obligations of the Borrower hereunder and the termination of the
Commitment hereunder.

         10.10  Calculations; Computations.

                  (a) The financial statements furnished to the Banks pursuant
         hereto shall be made and prepared in accordance with generally accepted
         accounting principles applied on a consistent basis for the periods
         involved.

                  (b) All computations of interest and fees hereunder shall be
         made on the basis of actual number of days elapsed over a year of 360
         days.

                  (c) In the event any payment of principal, interest, fees or
         other amount is due on a day which is not a Business Day, the payment
         shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day together with, in
         the case of a payment of principal, interest thereon to the date of
         payment (except in the case of Eurodollar Loans, if the next succeeding
         Business Day is in a different calendar month, then on the next
         preceding Business Day).

         10.11  Governing Law; Submission to Jurisdiction; Venue.

                  (a) THIS LOAN AGREEMENT AND THE OTHER LOAN DOCUMENTS AND THE
         RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTIES HEREUNDER AND THEREUNDER SHALL BE
         GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS
         OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. Any legal action or proceeding with respect
         to this Loan Agreement or any other Loan Document may be brought in the
         courts of the State of Tennessee in Davidson County, or of the United
         States for the Middle District of Tennessee, and, by execution and
         delivery of this Loan Agreement, the Borrower hereby irrevocably
         accepts for itself and in respect of its property, generally and
         unconditionally, the jurisdiction of such courts. The Borrower further
         irrevocably consents to the service of process out of any of the
         aforementioned courts in any such action or proceeding by the mailing
         of copies thereof by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, to
         the Borrower at its address for notices set forth beneath its
         signature, such service to become effective 30 days after such mailing.
         Nothing herein shall affect the right of the Banks to serve process in
         any other manner permitted by law or to commence legal proceedings or
         to otherwise proceed against the Borrower in any other jurisdiction.


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                  (b) The Borrower hereby irrevocably waives any objection which
         it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any of the
         aforesaid actions or proceedings arising out of or in connection with
         this Loan Agreement or any other Loan Document brought in the courts
         referred to in subsection (a) hereof and hereby further irrevocably
         waives and agrees not to plead or claim in any such court that any such
         action or proceeding brought in any such court has been brought in an
         inconvenient forum.

                  (c) THE BORROWER AND EACH BANK HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ALL
         RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION, PROCEEDING OR COUNTERCLAIM
         ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS LOAN AGREEMENT, ANY OF THE OTHER
         LOAN DOCUMENTS OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.

         10.12 Severability. If any provision of any of the Loan Documents is
determined to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be
fully severable and the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and
effect and shall be construed without giving effect to the illegal, invalid or
unenforceable provisions.

         10.13 Entirety. This Loan Agreement together with the other Loan
Documents represent the entire agreement of the parties hereto and thereto, and
supersede all prior agreements and understandings, oral or written, if any,
including any commitment letters or correspondence relating to the Loan
Documents or the transactions contemplated herein and therein.

         10.14 Survival. All representations and warranties made by the Borrower
herein shall survive delivery of the Notes and the making of the Loans and the
issuance of the Letters of Credit hereunder.

         10.15 Pro Rata, Sharing. Each Bank agrees that, if it should receive
any amount hereunder (whether voluntary payment, by realization upon security,
by the exercise of the right of setoff or banker's lien, by counterclaim or
cross action, by the enforcement of any right under the Loan Documents or
otherwise) which is applicable to the payment of the principal of, or interest
or fees on, the Loans or the reimbursement obligations of the Borrower in
connection with Letters of Credit, of a sum which with respect to the related
sum or sums received by the other Banks is in a greater proportion than the
total of such obligation than owned and due to such Bank bears to the total of
such obligation prior to such receipt, then such Bank receiving such excess
payment shall purchase for cash without recourse or warranty from the other
Banks an interest in the obligations of the Borrower to such Banks in such
amount as will result in a proportional participation by all of the Banks in
such amount, provided that if all or any portion of such excess amount is
thereafter recovered from such Bank, such purchase shall be rescinded and the
purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery, but without interest.

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         10.16.   Indemnity.

                  (a) In addition to the payment of expenses pursuant to Section
         10.5, whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby shall be
         consummated, the Borrower agrees to indemnify, pay and hold the Banks
         and any permitted holder of the Notes, and the officers, directors,
         employees and agents of each of the foregoing (collectively called the
         "Indemnitees") harmless from and against, any and all other
         liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions,
         judgments, suits, claims, costs, expenses and disbursements of any kind
         or nature whatsoever (including, without limitation, the reasonable
         fees and disbursements of counsel for such Indemnitees in connection
         with any investigative, administrative or judicial proceeding, whether
         or not such Indemnitee shall be designated a party thereto), which may
         be imposed on, incurred by, or asserted against such Indemnitee by any
         Person, in any manner relating to or arising out of or pursuant to this
         Loan Agreement or by reason of any action taken by any of them in good
         faith in furtherance of the provisions of this Loan Agreement (the
         "Indemnified Liabilities"); provided, that the Borrower shall have no
         obligation hereunder with respect to Indemnified Liabilities arising
         from (i) the gross negligence or willful misconduct of any such
         Indemnitee; (ii) any action between the Borrower and one or more
         Indemnitees in which the Borrower is the prevailing party; or (iii) any
         action between any Bank and assignee or participant of that Bank with
         respect to the matters contemplated by Section 10.3 hereof.

                  (b) As soon as is practicable after receipt by an Indemnitee
         of notice of the making of any claim, the service of any complaint or
         the commencement of any action or proceeding (collectively, a "Claim")
         by any Person other than the Borrower with respect to which
         indemnification is sought hereunder, the Indemnitees will notify the
         Borrower in writing of such Claim, naming the counsel such Indemnitee
         proposes to use to defend against such Claim (but failure to so notify
         the Borrower will not relieve the Borrower from any liability which it
         may have hereunder or otherwise, except to the extent that such failure
         materially prejudices the Borrower's rights). The Borrower shall have
         the right to approve the counsel proposed to be used by such Indemnitee
         in the defense of such Claim, but such approval shall not be
         unreasonably withheld or delayed. Such counsel shall consist of a
         single firm for all Indemnitees unless counsel to any Indemnitee shall
         advise it in writing that a conflict of interest exists between it and
         one or more other Indemnitees in conducting the defense of such Claim
         that would make advisable or prudent the retaining of separate counsel
         for the defense of such Claim, in which case an additional firm may be
         retained on behalf of each such Indemnitee so advised. The Borrower
         shall also have the right to approve any proposed settlement of any
         such Claim, but such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld or
         delayed.

         10.17    Change in Accounting Principles. If any change in accounting
principles from those used in the preparation of the financial statements
referred to in Subsection 


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<PAGE>   66

5.3.1 is hereafter occasioned by the promulgation of rules, regulations,
pronouncements and opinions by or required by the Financial Accounting Standards
Board or the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or the
Securities and Exchange Commission (or successors thereto or agencies with
similar functions) and results in a change in the method of calculation of
financial covenants, standards or terms found in Articles 1, 6 and 7 hereof, the
parties hereto agree to enter into negotiations in order to amend such
provisions so as equitably to reflect such changes with the desired result that
the criteria for evaluating the Borrower's financial condition shall be the same
after such changes in accounting principles as if such changes in accounting
principles had not been made. Until such negotiations are completed to the
satisfaction of the Banks and the Borrower and this Agreement amended to reflect
the results of such negotiations, such changes in accounting principles shall
not become effective for purposes of determining compliance with this Agreement.




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<PAGE>   67


         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties hereto has caused a counterpart
of this Loan Agreement to be duly executed and delivered as of the date first
above written.

                                          GENESCO INC.
                                          
ATTEST:                                   
                                          
By                                        By
  --------------------------------          -----------------------------------
________________________ Secretary        Title
                                               -------------------------------- 
    (Corporate Seal)                      
                                          
                                          Address:
                                          
                                          Genesco Park
                                          1415 Murfreesboro Rd.
                                          Nashville, TN  37202
                                          Attention: Matthew N. Johnson
                                          Telephone: (615) 367-8505
                                          Facsimile: (615) 367-8179
                                          
                                          NATIONSBANK, N.A.
                                          Individually and as Agent
                                          
Committed Amount:                         By
- -----------------                           -----------------------------------
$25,000,000                               
                                          Title
                                               --------------------------------
Committed Percentage:                     
- ---------------------                     
38.46154%                                 Address:
                                          
                                          NationsBank, N.A.
                                          One Independence Ctr./101 N. Tryon St.
                                          NC1-001-15-04
                                          Charlotte, NC  28255
                                          Attn.:  Agency Services
                                          Telephone: (704) 388-3917
                                          Facsimile: (704) 386-9923
                                          
                                          Address as Agent:
                                          NationsBank, N.A.
                                          NationsBank Corporate Center
                                          100 N. Tryon Street
                                          Charlotte, NC  28255
                                          Attention: Mark D. Halmrast
                                          Telephone: (704) 386-0649
                                          Facsimile: (704) 386-1270
               
 
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                                       THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF CHICAGO

Committed Amount:                      By
- ----------------------                   ---------------------------------------
$20,000,000                            Title
                                            ------------------------------------

Committed Percentage:
- ---------------------
30.76923%

                                       Address for Payments and Notices:

                                       The First National Bank of Chicago
                                       One First National Plaza, Mail Suite 0173
                                       Chicago, IL  60670-0086
                                       Attention: John D. Runger
                                       Telephone: (312) 732-7101
                                       Facsimile: (312) 732-1117

                                       BANK OF AMERICA, FSB


Committed Amount:                      By
- -----------------                        ---------------------------------------
$20,000,000                            Title                                    
                                            ------------------------------------
                                                                               
Committed Percentage:
- ---------------------
30.76923%

                                       Address for Payments and Notices:

                                       Bank of America, FSB
                                       1230 Peachtree St., Suite 3600
                                       Atlanta, GA  30309
                                       Attention: John Deering
                                       Telephone: (404) 815-5926
                                       Facsimile: (404) 815-5919


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<PAGE>   1
                                                                      EXHIBIT 11

                          GENESCO INC.
                          AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
                          Earnings Per Common and
                          Common Share Equivalent


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                      THREE MONTHS ENDED                      NINE MONTHS ENDED
                                              -----------------------------------   ---------------------------------------
                                              NOVEMBER 1, 1997  NOVEMBER 2, 1996    NOVEMBER 1, 1997   NOVEMBER 2, 1996
                                              ----------------  -----------------   -----------------  --------------------
IN THOUSANDS                                  EARNINGS  SHARES  EARNINGS   SHARES   EARNINGS  SHARES   EARNINGS   SHARES
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
<S>                                            <C>              <C>                 <C>                <C>    
PRIMARY EARNINGS PER SHARE
  Earnings before discontinued operations
    and extraordinary loss                      $9,522            $5,903             $15,837             $9,092
  Preferred dividend requirements               $   75            $   75             $   225             $  226
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Earnings before discontinued operations
    and extraordinary loss applicable to 
    common stock and average common shares 
    outstanding                                 $9,447   25,702   $5,828    24,570   $15,612    25,362   $8,866    24,485
  Employees preferred and stock options
   deemed to be a common stock equivalent                 1,649              1,235               1,616              1,015
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals before discontinued operations and
 extraordinary loss                             $9,447   27,351   $5,828    25,805   $15,612    26,978   $8,866    25,500
PER SHARE                                       $  .35            $  .23             $   .58             $  .35          
===========================================================================================================================
  Earnings before extraordinary loss            $9,522            $5,903             $15,837             $8,942          
  Preferred dividend requirements               $   75            $   75             $   225             $  226          
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Earnings before extraordinary loss
    applicable to common stock and
    average common shares outstanding           $9,447   25,702   $5,828    24,570   $15,612    25,362   $8,716    24,485
  Employees preferred and stock options deemed
    to be a common stock equivalent
                       1,649              1,235               1,616              1,015
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Totals before extraordinary loss                $9,447   27,351   $5,828    25,805   $15,612    26,978   $8,716    25,500
PER SHARE                                       $  .35            $  .23             $   .58             $  .34
===========================================================================================================================
  Net earnings                                  $9,353            $5,903             $15,668             $8,942
  Preferred dividend requirements               $   75            $   75             $   225             $  226
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Net earnings applicable to common stock
    and average common shares outstanding       $9,278   25,702   $5,828    24,570   $15,443    25,362   $8,716    24,485
  Employees preferred and stock options
   deemed to be a common stock equivalent                 1,649              1,235               1,616              1,015
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TOTAL NET EARNINGS                              $9,278   27,351   $5,828    25,805   $15,443    26,978   $8,716    25,500
PER SHARE                                       $  .34            $  .23             $   .57             $  .34
===========================================================================================================================
FULLY DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
  Earnings before discontinued operations
    and extraordinary loss applicable to
    common stock and average common
    shares outstanding                          $9,447   27,351   $5,828    25,805   $15,612    26,978   $8,866    25,500
  Senior securities the conversion of which
    would dilute earnings per share                          93                131                 113                137
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals before discontinued operations and
  extraordinary loss                            $9,447   27,444   $5,828    25,936   $15,612    27,091   $8,866    25,637
PER SHARE                                       $  .34            $  .23             $   .58             $  .35
===========================================================================================================================
  Earnings before extraordinary loss
    applicable to common stock and
    average common shares outstanding           $9,447   27,351   $5,828    25,805   $15,612    26,978   $8,716    25,500
  Senior securities the conversion of which
    would dilute earnings per share                          93                131                 113                137
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals before extraordinary loss                $9,447   27,444   $5,828    25,936   $15,612    27,091   $8,716    25,637
PER SHARE                                       $  .34            $  .23             $   .58             $  .34
===========================================================================================================================
  Net earnings applicable to common stock
    and average common shares outstanding       $9,278   27,351   $5,828    25,805   $15,443    26,978   $8,716    25,500
  Senior securities the conversion of which
    would dilute earnings per share                          93                131                 113                137
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TOTAL NET EARNINGS                              $9,278   27,444   $5,828    25,936   $15,443    27,091   $8,716    25,637
PER SHARE                                       $  .34            $  .23             $   .57             $  .34
===========================================================================================================================
</TABLE>

All figures in thousands except amount per share.



<TABLE> <S> <C>

<ARTICLE> 5
<LEGEND>
THIS SCHEDULE CONTAINS SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION EXTRACTED FROM THE
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF GENESCO INC. FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED NOVEMBER 1, 1997
AND IS QUALIFIED IN ITS ENTIRETY BY REFERENCE TO SUCH FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.
</LEGEND>
<MULTIPLIER> 1,000
       
<S>                             <C>
<PERIOD-TYPE>                   9-MOS
<FISCAL-YEAR-END>                          JAN-31-1998
<PERIOD-START>                             FEB-02-1997
<PERIOD-END>                               NOV-01-1997
<CASH>                                           5,512
<SECURITIES>                                     7,655
<RECEIVABLES>                                   40,969
<ALLOWANCES>                                     3,959
<INVENTORY>                                    128,641
<CURRENT-ASSETS>                               188,010
<PP&E>                                         103,606
<DEPRECIATION>                                  59,584
<TOTAL-ASSETS>                                 240,381
<CURRENT-LIABILITIES>                           61,442
<BONDS>                                         75,050
<PREFERRED-MANDATORY>                                0
<PREFERRED>                                      7,938
<COMMON>                                        26,243
<OTHER-SE>                                      46,428
<TOTAL-LIABILITY-AND-EQUITY>                   240,381
<SALES>                                        381,255
<TOTAL-REVENUES>                               381,255
<CGS>                                          223,596
<TOTAL-COSTS>                                  223,596
<OTHER-EXPENSES>                                     0
<LOSS-PROVISION>                                 2,018
<INTEREST-EXPENSE>                               7,614
<INCOME-PRETAX>                                 15,953
<INCOME-TAX>                                       116
<INCOME-CONTINUING>                             15,837
<DISCONTINUED>                                       0
<EXTRAORDINARY>                                   (169)
<CHANGES>                                            0
<NET-INCOME>                                    15,668
<EPS-PRIMARY>                                      .57
<EPS-DILUTED>                                      .57
        

</TABLE>