Net sales in the Paint Stores Group decreased $10.4 million, or 0.8%, to $1.355 billion in the quarter and $30.2 million, or 1.2%, to $2.386 billion in the first six months due primarily to soft domestic architectural paint sales in the new residential, residential repaint, DIY and commercial markets as well as weak sales in non-paint categories. Acquisitions added 2.6% to this Group's net sales in the quarter and 2.9% in the first six months.
Net sales of the Consumer Group declined $12.7 million, or 3.2%, to $383.9 million in the quarter and $27.0 million, or 3.9%, to $670.8 million in the first six months. The sales declines were due primarily to soft DIY demand at most of the group's retail customers.
The Global Group's net sales increased $54.6 million, or 12.6%, to $488.9 million in the quarter and $114.3 million, or 13.7%, to $950.8 million in the first six