Discussion of Continuing Operations ResultsIn the fourth quarter, net sales of $962 million were down 2.1% versus the prior year's fourth quarter. Consistent with the company's expectations, adjusted operating income decreased 23.2% to $63 million. The lower operating income was driven by the sales decline and planned investments in brand building and innovation. Reported operating income increased to $49 million from a loss in the prior year. Adjusted earnings per share decreased 16.1% to $0.26, and reported earnings per share increased to $0.28 from a loss of $0.52 in the prior year. For fiscal year 2013, adjusted and reported net sales of $3,920 million were up 0.4% and down 1.0%, respectively, versus the prior year. Adjusted operating income increased 12.5% to $363 million, as the benefits of lower input costs and efficiencies were partially reinvested in MAP. Reported operating income increased 290.7% to $297 million. Adjusted earnings per share increased 18.6% to $1.72, and reported earnings per share increased to $1.49 from a loss in the prior year.
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