Year-to-date volume decreased by approximately 11,900 metric tonnes due in large part to the decrease in export volume of 24,900 metric tonnes for the reasons discussed above. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in industrial volume of approximately 12,900 metric tonnes, due to gain of additional volume from existing and new customers and an increase in the liquid segment of approximately 600 metric tonnes due to gains in that segment. Consumer volume is lower by approximately 600 metric tonnes year-to-date due mainly to timing of customers' retail promotion.
Revenues for the quarter were approximately $12.3 million lower than the previous year comparable quarter, due to the lower value of raw sugar prices during the quarter when compared to the previous year. Year-to-date revenues are $45.7 million lower due mainly to the lower raw sugar values and to higher selling values of U.S. export volume in fiscal 2012.
As previously mentioned, gross margin of $22.9 million for the quarter and $53.5 million year-to-date do not reflect the economic margin of the Company, as it includes gains of $3.0 million for the quarter and $4.0 million year-to-date for the mark-to-market of derivative financial instruments explained earlier. We will therefore comment on adjusted gross margin results.
For the quarter, adjusted gross margin decreased by approximately $3.2 million, when compared to the same quarter of last year. On a per metric tonne basis, adjusted gross margins were $131.87 compared to $157.45 for the comparable quarter of last year, a decrease of $25.58 per metric tonne. The decrease in the adjusted gross margin rate is due mainly to the sales mix with higher industrial and liquid volume combined with lower export volume. In the comparable quarter of last year, high margin rate export sales were realized under a U.S. special quota. In addition, the Montreal facility incurred approximately $1.0 million in additional energy costs due to the purchase of expensive auxiliary natural gas and oil, when supply was interrupted during cold winter days, as per the delivery terms of the natural gas provider. Year-to-date adjusted gross margin was $11.4 million lower than last year's comparable period. Adjusted gross margin rate per tonne was $160.96 as compared to $190.62 in fiscal 2012 for the comparable period. The decrease was due mainly to a different sales mix with no volume of higher margin export sales sold under a U.S. special quota in fiscal 2013.
Administration and selling costs were higher by approximately $0.6 million for the quarter and year-to-date than the comparable periods of fiscal 2012. The increase is due mainly to timing in expenses.
Distribution costs for the quarter were consistent with last year for the quarter and year-to-date.
Finance costs for the quarter include, for the interest swap expiring in July 2013, a mark-to-market gain of $0.9 million and of $1.4 million year-to-date, as compared to a gain of $0.7 million and $1.5 million year-to-date in fiscal 2012. Without the above mark-to-market adjustment, finance expense for the quarter was comparable to the previous year quarterly result. Year-to-date finance expense is lower by approximately $0.9 million due mainly to the write-off of deferred financing charges of approximately $0.6 million as a result of the early redemption of the third series convertible debentures in fiscal 2012.
Provision for income taxes includes a deferred tax expense of $1.0 million for the quarter and $1.3 million year-to-date for the mark-to-market adjustment as compared to a recovery of $1.2 million for the quarter and $4.6 million year-to-date for the comparable periods of last year. On an adjusted basis the provision for income taxes was approximately $2.7 million for the quarter and $7.8 million year-to date as compared to a provision of $4.1 million for the quarter and $11.6 million year-to-date for the comparable periods of last year. The decrease for the quarter and year-to-date is due mainly to the decrease in adjusted earnings before income taxes as a result of the lower adjusted gross margins.
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