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Deere & Company net income $850.7 million

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Net income attributable to Deere & Company was $850.7 million, or $2.33 per share, for the third quarter ended July 31, compared with $996.5 million, or $2.56 per share, for the same period of 2013.

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For the first nine months of the year, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $2.513 billion, or $6.79 per share, compared with $2.730 billion, or $6.97 per share, last year.

Worldwide net sales and revenues decreased 5 percent, to $9.500 billion, for the third quarter and were down 4 percent, to $27.102 billion, for nine months. Net sales of the equipment operations were $8.723 billion for the quarter and $24.918 billion for nine months, compared with $9.316 billion and $26.373 billion for the same periods last year.

Net sales of the worldwide equipment operations declined 6 percent for the quarter and nine months compared with the same periods a year ago. Sales included price realization of 2 percent for the quarter and nine months. Additionally, sales included an unfavorable currency-translation effect of 1 percent for the nine months.

Equipment net sales in the United States and Canada decreased 8 percent for the quarter and 7 percent year to date. Outside the U.S. and Canada, net sales were down 4 percent for the quarter, including favorable currency-translation effects of 1 percent, and down 3 percent for nine months, including unfavorable currency-translation effects of 1 percent.

Deere's equipment operations reported operating profit of $1.135 billion for the quarter and $3.387 billion for nine months, compared with $1.443 billion and $3.943 billion last year. The decline for the quarter was due primarily to the impact of lower shipment volumes, higher production costs primarily related to engine-emission requirements, and the unfavorable effects of foreign currency exchange.

The year-to-date decline was largely due to the impact of lower shipment volumes, unfavorable foreign-exchange effects, higher production costs, and a less favorable product mix. Declines for both periods were partially offset by price realization.

Net income of the company's equipment operations was $680 million for the third quarter and $2.061 billion for the first nine months, compared with $846 million and $2.324 billion in 2013. In addition to the operating factors mentioned above, a lower effective tax rate benefited both quarterly and year-to-date results.

Financial services reported net income attributable to Deere & Company of $162.3 million for the quarter and $452.2 million for nine months compared with $150.0 million and $407.9 million last year. The improvement for the quarter was due to growth in the credit portfolio, partially offset by a higher provision for credit losses and higher selling, administrative and general expenses.

Year-to-date results improved as a result of growth in the credit portfolio and a more favorable effective tax rate. These factors were partially offset by lower crop insurance margins, higher selling, administrative and general expenses and a higher provision for credit losses.


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