Contractor segment sales increased 2 percent for both the quarter and year-to-date, with gains for the quarter of 4 percent in the Americas and 21 percent in Asia Pacific. Contractor sales for the quarter were down 12 percent in Europe (5 percent at consistent translation rates) compared to the second quarter last year. Year-to-date sales increased 3 percent in the Americas, decreased 9 percent in Europe (3 percent at consistent translation rates) and increased 17 percent in Asia Pacific. Product display and store set costs incurred in 2011 were not repeated in 2012, leading to reduced selling, marketing and distribution expenses and improved operating earnings in this segment.Lubrication segment sales increased 13 percent for both the quarter and year-to-date, with 19 percent growth for the quarter in the Americas. Sales for the quarter were flat in Europe (6 percent increase at consistent translation rates) and in Asia Pacific. Year-to-date, sales increased 16 percent in the Americas, decreased 7 percent in Europe (3 percent at consistent translation rates) and increased 12 percent in Asia Pacific. Higher volume and leveraging of expenses led to improved operating earnings in the Lubrication segment.
Graco Reports Record Second Quarter Sales, Acquired Businesses Contribute To Results
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