Sales-to-retail (STRs) decreased 5.1 percent in the third quarter due in part to a year-over-year change in the timing of the Canada Day holiday within our fiscal calendar. As a result, the Canada Day retail load-in this year was in the second quarter, versus primarily in the third quarter last year. Our Canada market share declined approximately one share point from a year ago on an estimated industry volume decline of 3 percent. Third quarter total sales volume in Canada for Molson Coors decreased 4.1 percent.
Net sales per hectoliter increased more than 3 percent in local currency driven by continued positive pricing and favorable mix.
Cost of goods sold (COGS) per hectoliter increased almost 6 percent in local currency, driven by higher pension expense and a mix shift toward higher-cost brands and packages.
Marketing general and administrative (MG&A) expense decreased about 1 percent in local currency, with higher marketing and sales investments more than offset by general and administrative savings initiatives in the quarter.United States Business (MillerCoors) (2) Molson Coors underlying U.S. segment pretax income increased 16 percent to $139.9 million in the quarter. MillerCoors Operating and Financial Highlights MillerCoors underlying net income for the quarter, excluding special items, increased 13.5 percent to $325.6 million, driven by positive pricing, favorable brand mix and continued strong cost management. MillerCoors domestic STRs declined 2.4 percent, on a trading-day-adjusted basis, as the third quarter of 2012 had one less trading day compared with the same quarter in the prior year. Domestic sales-to-wholesalers (STWs) decreased 2.6 percent. Domestic net revenue per hectoliter, which excludes contract brewing and company-owned-distributor sales, grew 3.6 percent primarily due to strong net pricing and an acceleration of favorable brand mix, driven by Tenth and Blake growth and the Economy portfolio decline. Total company net revenue per hectoliter, including contract brewing and company-owned distributor sales, increased by 3.0 percent. Third-party contract brewing volumes were up 8.7 percent.
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