Scotts Miracle-Gro reported an adjusted loss from continuing operations for its first quarter of $65.4 million, which is an improvement of $3.1 million, compared with an adjusted loss of $68.5 million last year.
Net sales in the three months ended Dec. 28, 2013, totaled $196.4 million, down 5% from $205.8 million during the same quarter a year ago. The company pointed to the timing of pre-season shipments to retailers for the decline.
Sales in the Global Consumer segment were $145.3 million during the quarter, compared with $153.2 million a year ago. Scotts LawnService sales were up 3% to $46.2 million in the first quarter, compared with $44.8 million in the year-ago period.
"While most of North America is gripped by winter, our sales, marketing and supply chain teams are working diligently to ensure a strong start to the lawn and garden season," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. "In markets where gardening acti