Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Big Lots Second Quarter 2013 Conference Call. This call is being recorded. During this session, all lines will be muted until the question-and-answer portion of the call.
At this time, I would like to introduce today's first speaker, Andy Regrut, Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead, Sir.
Andrew D. Regrut - Director, Investor Relations: Thanks, Anthony, and thank you everyone for joining us for our second quarter conference call. With me here today in Columbus are David Campisi, our CEO and President; and Tim Johnson, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.
Before we get started, I'd like to remind you that any forward-looking statements we make on today's call involve risks and uncertainties, and are subject to our Safe Harbor provisions as stated in our press release and our SEC filings and that actual results can differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements.
All commentary today is focused on adjusted non-GAAP results from continuing operations. For the second quarter, this excludes a non-recurring after-tax benefit of $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share, associated with the settlement of a store related legal contingency.
Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP adjusted earnings for both, this year and last year are available in today's press release. This morning T.J. will start the call with an overview of Q2 results and an update on our outlook for fiscal 2013, then David will provide his insights before taking your questions.
So with that, I'll turn it over to T.J.
Timothy A. Johnson - SVP and CFO: Thanks, Andy and good morning, everyone. For the consolidated company, net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were $1.226 billion, an increase of 0.06% over last year.
Comparable store sales decreased 1.9% for the quarter, which was slightly better than our communicated guidance, which call for a 2% to 4% decline. Adjusted income from continuing operations was $17.7 million or $0.31 per diluted share compared to our guidance range of $0.17 to $0.27 per diluted share and last year's income from continuing operations of $22.1 million or $0.36 per diluted share.
For our U.S. operations, sales were $1.188 billion, an increase of 0.4% over last year. Comparable store sales, where stores open at least 15 months, decreased 2.2% compared to our guidance of 2% to 4% decline.
From a merchandise perspective, our best performing category was seasonal which comped up mid-single-digits. This was particularly encouraging given the weather-related challenges we experienced in the lawn and garden and summer businesses during May and throughout the first quarter of this year. Furniture had another strong quarter comping up nearly mid-single-digits with strength in mattresses, upholstery, and ready-to-assemble items.
Consumables comps were down slightly for Q2 and flattish for the spring season, representing an improvement compared with how we finished Q4 and last fall. Food was down for the quarter, but sales trends improved during Q2, which was an encouraging result. The remaining categories experienced challenges in Q2 as home along with hardline and toys were down single-digits while electronics and other was down low-doubles.