Net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased by 21.3% to $107.8 million, compared with $88.9 million for the fourth quarter of the prior year. This improvement was due to strong sales growth in Southeast Asia/Pacific and Greater China. This sales growth resulted from a 17.4% increase in the number of active Associates in Asia Pacific, as well as price increases in certain markets that were implemented during the first quarter of the year. Active Associate growth was again driven by double-digit growth in Southeast Asia/Pacific and Greater China and, to a lesser extent, the addition of the Thailand market to the region.
“Our Asia Pacific region continued to drive our business during the fourth quarter. We remain pleased with the strong growth in our leading markets in Greater China and Southeast Asia/Pacific, and we were especially encouraged by the growth in sales on a local currency basis that we generated in every market in Asia Pacific this quarter,” continued Mr. Wentz. “We are gaining traction in China and, consequently, our Greater China growth strategy will continue to be a key initiative for the Company in 2013 and beyond.”
During the fourth quarter of 2012, net sales in the North America/Europe region increased by 6.4% to $60.7 million, compared with $57.1 million in the prior-year period. The number of Active Associates in North America/Europe was essentially flat compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.Mr. Wentz added, “We made solid progress in North America during 2012 and have seen a noticeable improvement in our operating trends in this region. We generated strong results in Mexico during the year, where net sales improved 25.7% and Active Associates increased 20.0%. We foresee growth in our U.S. and Canada markets as we continue to focus on initiatives aimed at generating active customer growth.”
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