Net sales for the global personal care product category of $175.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 declined 1.8 percent versus $178.1 million in the comparable period last year. Increased revenues in Europe were more than offset by lower net sales in North America and other geographic regions. North America revenues were significantly impacted by a major personal care industry category decline of nearly 10 percent, due largely to a shelf space cutback at major retailers, and labor disruptions at U.S. ports of entry that reduced product replenishment in the important holiday season. Excluding an unfavorable foreign exchange impact of $1.2 million, global personal care product category net sales decreased 1.1 percent for the first quarter.The small appliances product category reported net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 of $220.1 million, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to $243.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Higher net sales in Europe, driven in part by growth in the U.K. and regional expansion in Western and Eastern Europe, were more than offset by lower revenues in North America, which were largely due to the planned and continued elimination of low margin promotions totaling nearly $20 million. The elimination of low margin holiday promotions contributed significantly to a more than 300 basis point improvement in North American small appliance gross margins quarter-over-quarter. Foreign exchange favorably impacted net sales by $1.3 million.
Spectrum Brands Holdings Reports Record Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results, Reiterates Outlook For Fourth Consecutive Year Of Record Performance From Legacy Business
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