A total of 131 species of lower plants
and fungi need priority action for conservation, according to the Welsh Assembly Government.
Increases in manufacturing costs due to lower plant
utilization were the primary drivers of the reduction in margin percentage.
8%, primarily from decreased sales volume, lower plant
utilization and higher depreciation which were partially offset by higher customer pricing/mix, operating cost reductions and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
The decrease in gross profit was primarily driven by $110 million from volume and product mix, $14 million from unfavorable manufacturing costs (primarily due to lower plant
utilization), $4 million from unfavorable foreign currency translation and $1 million in higher raw material and energy costs, offset by $21 million from higher selling prices, $13 million in lower distribution costs, a $7 million non-cash charge in 2008 relating to an assumed lease and $3 million from the divestiture of the oleochemicals business.
2 million, which is primarily the result of a lag in selling price increases during the period, lower plant
utilization and $0.
4%, reflecting the impact on cost and efficiency levels from lower plant
throughput rates due to the flood.
The increase in core (non-GAAP) earnings per share in the second quarter of 2009 over the same period in 2008 was principally because of new utility service rates in Illinois, effective October 1, 2008, and in Missouri, effective March 1, 2009, as well as lower plant
operations and maintenance expenses and warmer weather.
On a segment basis, refining continued to sharply underperform due to much higher crude feedstock prices and operating expenses, as well as lower plant
Sharply lower sales volumes and resulting lower plant
operating rates contributed to the reduced outlook.
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These factors resulted in decreased Components sales on a comparable quarter basis, which, combined with the deleveraging effect of lower plant
utilization, reduced the Component operating margin on a comparable-quarter and sequential-quarter basis.