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John Deere Q4 Sales Tumble 25%

John Deere’s worldwide net sales and revenues decreased 25 percent to $6.715 billion for the fourth quarter.

November 30, 2015

John Deere’s worldwide net sales and revenues decreased 25 percent to $6.715 billion for the fourth quarter and were down 20 percent, to $28.863 billion, for the full year.

Construction and forestry sales decreased 32 percent for the quarter and 9 percent for the year. Sales for both periods were lower mainly as a result of lower shipment volumes and the unfavorable effects of currency translation.

Construction and forestry operating profit totaled $64 million for the quarter and $528 million for the year, compared with $228 million and $648 million in 2014. Operating profit decreased for the quarter mainly due to lower shipment volumes and the unfavorable effects of foreign-currency exchange, partially offset by lower selling, administrative and general expenses. 

Equipment net sales in the United States and Canada decreased 23 percent for the quarter and 18 percent for the full year. Outside the U.S. and Canada, net sales fell 31 percent for the quarter and were down 28 percent for the year, with unfavorable currency-translation effects of 11 percent and 10 percent for these periods.

Deere's equipment operations reported operating profit of $335 million for the quarter and $2.177 billion for the full year, compared with $910 million and $4.297 billion in 2014. For both periods, the decline was due primarily to lower shipment volumes, the impact of a less favorable product mix, and the unfavorable effects of foreign-currency exchange.

Net income of the company's equipment operations was $200 million for the fourth quarter and $1.3 billion for the year, compared with $488 million and $2.5 billion in 2014.

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