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This excerpt taken from the GIS 10-Q filed Sep 19, 2007.
Average diluted shares outstanding decreased by 18.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, from the same period a year ago due primarily to the repurchase of 32.2 million shares of our common stock since the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2007, partially offset by the issuance of shares upon stock option exercises, the issuance of annual stock awards, and the vesting of restricted stock units.




U.S. Retail Segment Results


Net sales for our U.S. Retail operations were up 6.4 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, to $2,031.7 million. This growth in net sales was the result of a 3.3 percentage point increase in volume on a tonnage basis, led by strong growth in our Snacks business, as well as increases in our Baking Products, Meals, and Pillsbury divisions. The volume increase was largely driven by higher levels of consumer marketing spending and new product innovation, resulting in higher sales to key customers. Price and product mix drove 3.1 points of growth.


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