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Service Corporation International Announces Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results
Date:11/4/2009

ased 4.6%, primarily related to soft demand experienced in our markets. We believe this decline is consistent with trends experienced by other funeral service providers and industry vendors.
  • The comparable average revenue per funeral service grew 0.1% over the prior year quarter. Excluding an unfavorable Canadian currency impact and lower funeral trust fund income, the average revenue per funeral service grew approximately 1.9%.
  • The cremation rate increased 50 basis points to 42.8% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to 42.3% for the same period of 2008.
  • Comparable funeral gross profit increased $10.0 million, or 16.7%, and gross margin percentage increased to 21.6% compared to 17.7% in 2008 due to lower variable merchandise costs, a decline in personnel costs related to work force initiatives and a reduction in our self-insurance reserves, which were partially offset by the impact of lower funeral services performed.
  • Preneed funeral sales production decreased $3.8 million, or 3.0%. Total funeral contracts sold decreased 2.5% while the average revenue per contract sold decreased 0.5%. Preneed funeral sales are deferred and recognized as revenues in the future when the funeral service is performed.
  • Comparable Cemetery Results

    The table below details comparable cemetery results of operations ("same store") for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008. We consider comparable operations to be those owned for the entire period beginning January 1, 2008 and ending September 30, 2009.

                                                   Three Months Ended
        (Dollars in millions)                         September 30,
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                                                     2009      2008     Change
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        Comparable cemetery revenue:
         
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