Contractor segment sales for the quarter increased 20 percent, including increases of 28 percent in the Americas, 5 percent in EMEA and 2 percent in Asia Pacific. Year-to-date sales were up 14 percent, driven by increases in the Americas. Higher sales volume, improved gross margin rate and expense leverage led to higher operating margin rates in the Contractor segment.Lubrication segment sales were flat for the quarter and down 1 percent year-to-date. Increases in the Americas and EMEA were offset by a decrease in Asia Pacific, where several large industrial lubrication transactions in 2012 were not repeated in 2013. Improved manufacturing performance and limited spending increases led to higher operating margin rates in this segment.
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