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Deere & Co. EPS up to $2.56 from $1.98

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Net income attributable to Deere & Company was $996.5 million, or $2.56 per share, for the third quarter ended July 31, compared with $788.0 million, EPS $1.98, for the same period last year.

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For the first nine months of the year, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $2.730 billion, or $6.97 per share, compared with $2.377 billion, or $5.88 per share, last year.

Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 4 percent, to $10.010 billion, for the third quarter and rose 8 percent to $28.345 billion for nine months. Net sales of the equipment operations were $9.316 billion for the quarter and $26.373 billion for nine months, compared with $8.930 billion and $24.454 billion for the same periods last year.

"John Deere is well on the road to another year of impressive performance after reporting record third-quarter results," said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer. Sales and income for the period were higher than in any prior third quarter, he pointed out.

Company equipment sales are projected to be up about 5 percent for fiscal 2013 and to decrease by about 5 percent for the fourth quarter compared with the year-ago periods. Included is an unfavorable currency-translation impact of about 1 percent for the year. For the full year, net income attributable to Deere & Company is anticipated to be about $3.45 billion.

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