|(dollars in millions)||2012||2011|
First quarter 2012 sales increased $37.7 million, or 14%, which included a core sales increase of $37.4 million (14%), $4.4 million from the acquisition of WTA (2%), and unfavorable foreign currency translation of $4.1 million (-2%). Sales were broadly higher across Fluid Handling end markets. Orders from ChemPharma and Energy customers strengthened markedly on both a year over year and sequential basis. Operating profit increased to $39.6 million while operating margin declined slightly to 13.1%, reflecting throughput inefficiencies in certain European operations. Backlog increased to $338 million at March 31, 2012, compared to $314 million at December 31, 2011 and $305 million at March 31, 2011.
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