So turning to Slide 5, our second quarter 2011 consolidated diluted earnings per share adjusted were lower than for the same periods a year ago. Due to the seasonal nature of our energy businesses the second quarter is traditionally the weakest quarter during our financial reporting year, because of the temperate whether typical for the second quarter and lower natural gas and electric sales less favorable and offsetting factors that affect our business tend to have a greater impact in the second quarter then they would in any other quarter. So I will summarize the drivers that caused our earnings to decline this year versus last year.On the plus side all of our natural gas service territories experienced colder weather this quarter and usage per customer excluding the impact of whether was up, the decoupling mechanism we have in place don’t cover all jurisdictions are customer classes so some of this increased usage was reflected in our quarterly results. In addition, there was an overall increase in margins in the retail markets that Integrys Energy services continues to focus on.
Integrys Energy Group's CEO Discusses Q2 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
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