Commercial & Industrial Group segment sales of $266.2 million in the quarter decreased $17.2 million, or 6.1%, from 2012 levels primarily due to lower sales to the military and in the segment’s European-based hand tools business. Excluding $2.1 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales in the quarter decreased 5.4%.
Operating earnings of $33.6 million in the period increased $0.8 million from 2012 levels, and the operating margin (operating earnings as a percentage of segment sales) of 12.6% improved from 11.6% a year ago.
Snap-on Tools Group segment sales of $346.2 million in the quarter rose $21.2 million, or 6.5%, from 2012 levels, reflecting sales gains across both the company’s U.S. and international franchise operations. Excluding $1.5 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 7.0%.Operating earnings of $54.5 million in the period increased $10.0 million from 2012 levels and the operating margin of 15.7% compared with 13.7% a year ago. Operating earnings in 2013 includes $0.2 million of restructuring costs; operating earnings in the second quarter of 2012 included $6.9 million of restructuring costs largely for a pension plan settlement. Operating earnings in 2013 also includes $1.8 million of higher stock-based and mark-to-market expenses associated with the company’s franchisee stock purchase plan. Repair Systems & Information Group segment sales of $246.2 million in the quarter increased $18.8 million, or 8.3%, from 2012 levels. Excluding $8.5 million of sales from the Challenger acquisition and $0.8 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales in the quarter rose 4.9%, primarily due to higher sales to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) dealerships and gains in sales of diagnostics and repair information products to independent repair shop owners and managers. Operating earnings of $56.7 million in the period increased $4.5 million from 2012 levels; the operating margin was 23.0% in both the second quarters of 2013 and 2012.