Average order increased 4% due to growth in all reportable segments as the Company continues to benefit from pricing. Ending Representatives improved 1% due to growth in Europe, Middle East & Africa and South Latin America, partially offset by declines in Asia Pacific. Gross margin was 60.9%, down 20 basis points while Adjusted gross margin was 60.9%, down 60 basis points. These year-over-year comparisons were negatively impacted by an approximate 250 basis point impact from foreign exchange, largely offset by inflationary and strategicpricing and lower supply chain costs. Operating margin was 8.0% in the quarter, up 480 basis points while Adjusted operating margin was 7.0%, up 310 basis points. These year-over-year comparisons benefited from the favorable net impact of price/mix, as well as continued benefits from cost savings initiatives. These benefits were partially offset by approximately 260 basis points of unfavorable impact of foreign exchange on operating margin and approximately270 basis points of unfavorable impact of foreign exchange on Adjusted operating margin. The effective tax rate from continuing operations in the quarter was 51.3% and on an Adjusted basis was 72.5%. Income from continuing operations, net of tax was $36 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $668 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015.
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