Contractor segment sales decreased 4 percent for the quarter and were flat year-to-date. Sales for the quarter decreased 5 percent in both the Americas and in Asia Pacific and increased 1 percent in Europe (9 percent at consistent translation rates). Year-to-date sales increased 1 percent in the Americas, decreased 6 percent in Europe (increased 1 percent at consistent translation rates) and increased 8 percent in Asia Pacific. Lower sales volume, product mix and higher marketing and general spending led to lower third quarter operating earnings in the Contractor segment. Year-to-date operating earnings as a percentage of sales are consistent with last year.Lubrication segment sales increased 7 percent for the quarter and 11 percent year-to-date. Sales for the quarter increased 13 percent in the Americas, 8 percent in Europe (15 percent at consistent translation rates) and decreased 11 percent in Asia Pacific. Year-to-date sales increased 15 percent in the Americas, decreased 2 percent in Europe (3 percent increase at consistent translation rates) and increased 4 percent in Asia Pacific. Higher volume and leveraging of expenses led to improved operating earnings in the Lubrication segment.
Graco Reports Record Third Quarter Sales
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