Net sales for the third quarter of 2013 were approximately $2.0 billion, an increase of 33% versus the prior year's third quarter. For the third quarter of 2012, net sales were approximately $1.5 billion, net earnings were $70 million and EPS was $1.01; excluding unusual charges, net earnings were $72 million and EPS was $1.04.
For the nine months ending September 28, 2013, net sales were approximately $5.4 billion, an increase of approximately 25% versus the prior year. Net earnings and EPS for the nine-month period were $254 million and $3.53, respectively.
Net earnings excluding unusual charges were $342 million and EPS was $4.76, an increase of 72% over the nine-month adjusted EPS results in 2012. For the nine months ending September 29, 2012, net sales were approximately $4.4 billion, net earnings were $184 million and EPS was $2.66. Excluding unusual charges, net earnings and EPS were $191 million and $2.76, respectively.
Commenting on Mohawk Industries' third quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, "This quarter we are reporting the highest adjusted EPS in Company history. During the period, higher U.S. volumes, efficiency improvements and the performance of our Pergo, Marazzi and Spano acquisitions supported our strong growth. Our legacy net sales increased approximately 5% as reported, with the balance of our revenue growth derived from our recent acquisitions.
"Our adjusted operating income improved 350 basis points over the prior year to approximately 11% of sales as a result of enhanced product mix from innovative new collections, improved manufacturing and distribution efficiencies and the implementation of new systems and processes. Ongoing cost containment measures improved our adjusted SG&A by 130 basis points even with significant investments in samples and marketing for new product launches."
Carpet segment net sales for the quarter were $773 million, up 3% over last year, rising with stronger demand from residential new construction and remodeling. The segment's operating margin, excluding unusual charges, for the quarter was 9% of sales, an increase of 290 basis points and the strongest in more than six years due to improved product mix, realignment of assets, productivity, cost controls and volume leverage.
Residential mix continued to improve with the expansion of the company's industry-leading position in premium soft carpets and the introduction of the Soft Appeal luxury polyester collection. Price increases previously executed offset raw material inflation.
Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk's vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements.
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