The Board thoroughly evaluated Chris's qualifications as a director candidate before he joined the Board in 2010. Many of the trades that made him an outstanding Board candidate are also the same trades that the Board and I look for in a CEO. I will be working closely with Chris into the next year to ensure a seamless transition for Lincoln shareholders, employees, customers, industry associations and community and government relationships. Chris will cover the regions in a minute, but first let me comment on the general numbers and some of the trends we see going forward.Sales in the quarter were up 6.4% to $744 million and operating income rose 20% to $96 million or to 12.9% of sales. Net income, increased 16.3% to 66.3 million or $0.79 per diluted share, a very good result.
Lincoln Electric's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
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