President at Genuine Parts
Thank you, Paul. Good morning, everyone. I'd also like to thank the global GPC teams as well as our supplier partners for their ongoing commitment to serving our customers. We appreciate the team effort and hard work to deliver great results around the world. During the second quarter, we built on solid momentum and delivered strong results across both our automotive and industrial businesses. Our results were driven by team execution and disciplined focus on strategic initiatives. We continue to align our initiatives around five foundational priorities, including talent and culture, sales effectiveness, technology, supply chain and emerging technology.
We'll highlight select initiative examples as we review the business performance. Turning to the performance details by segment. Total sales for our global Automotive segment were $3.5 billion in the second quarter, an increase of approximately $271 million or 8.5% versus the same period last year. Sales growth was relatively consistent in all three months of the quarter. And on a comparable basis, sales growth for the quarter was plus 8%. Our global teams delivered mid-single-digit to low double-digit comp growth across each of our operations. And as Paul mentioned, the Automotive segment continues to be driven by solid industry fundamentals and focused team execution. Global Automotive segment profit was $323 million, and segment operating margin was 9.3%, representing a 20-basis-point increase from the same period last year.
The improvement in segment profit was driven by strong operating discipline across our operations despite a dynamic environment. During the second quarter, our automotive business experienced slightly higher product cost inflation compared to the mid-single-digit experienced in the first quarter. The pricing environment remains rational, and we're pleased with the ongoing positive impact of our category management initiatives. Looking ahead, we believe current levels of inflation will continue through the second half of 2022. Now turning to an overview of our automotive businesses by geography. In the U.S., automotive sales grew approximately 11% during the quarter, with comparable sales growth of 7%.
Sales were solid across each U.S. region and broadly across product categories with brakes, filters and fluids all posting double-digit increases in the quarter. We continue to be pleased with market share growth with many of our categories. Sales to both commercial and retail customers were positive with low double-digit commercial growth outpacing retail, which moderated to mid-single-digit growth as expected. Our commercial business representing approximately 80% of U.S. auto sales saw broad-based strength across all customer segments. Digital channels across all customers also performed well, with low double-digit sales growth during the second quarter, reflecting continued traction from investments in our omnichannel experience.
Other select U.S. initiative examples to highlight include the rollout of an enhanced PROLink, our B2B digital commerce platform, new sales and marketing programs, including the new NAPA Get Up & Go brand campaign, pricing and sourcing analytics, inventory and forecasting tools and DC productivity initiatives, to name just a few. In Canada, sales grew approximately 16% in local currency during the second quarter. Comparable sales were up 14% and up 26% on a two-year stack, reflective of the continued strength of the reopening of the Canadian market and solid team execution. To highlight an example of emerging technology initiatives, during the second quarter, we officially launched NexDrive in Canada.
Originally launched in Europe in 2020, NexDrive is a program that enables our network of automotive service centers to repair next-generation hybrids and EV vehicles. As part of this program, we partner with our vast service center network to offer product, training, tools and technology. We currently have over 100 NexDrive service centers in the European market, and we're excited to bring this offering to the Canadian market. Our emerging technology council comprised of global strategic partners also continues to help inform and advance our strategies. In Europe, our automotive team delivered a terrific quarter as well despite the dynamic geopolitical environment. Sales in Europe increased 19% in local currency in the second quarter.
Comparable sales increased 7% for the quarter and are up more than 40% on a two-year stack basis. Growth continues to be driven by continued focus on strategic initiatives. Initiative highlights in Europe include new account expansion, continued NAPA rollout within and across the region and technology and supply chain investments. The recent Lausan and Knoll acquisitions in Spain and Germany, respectively, are also exceeding our expectations, and we're encouraged by the opportunities we're working on to capture in these businesses. In the Asia Pac automotive business, sales in the second quarter increased 11% in local currency from last year. Comparable sales were up 8% from last year and up 26% on a two-year stack.
Both commercial and retail sales performed well with Repco and NAPA growth driven by strong execution of complementary customer value propositions and robust demand. Our motorcycle accessories division also performed well, benefiting from ongoing store expansion. In addition, during the second quarter, our Asia Pac team completed the acquisition of STEDI, a leading Australian branded direct-to-consumer distributor of lighting products focused on the 4-wheel drive market. The acquisition creates a differentiated product offering in a multibillion dollar profitable high-growth segment in Australia and New Zealand. Turning to the Global Industrial segment. During the second quarter, total sales at Motion were $2.1 billion, an increase of approximately $547 million or 34.5%.
The sales cadence was consistently strong throughout the quarter, and comparable sales which exclude the benefit of KDG increased 18% versus last year. This marks our fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit comparable growth driven by the strong performance in our North American business. The strength in our North American industrial performance was broad-based with double-digit sales growth across virtually all product categories and major industries served with particular strength coming from equipment and machinery, aggregate and cement and automotive customers. Industrial segment profit was $225 million or 10.6% of sales, a new record for the Industrial segment. This represents a 110-basis-point increase from the same period last year.
The improvement is a result of Motion's impressive growth and disciplined operating performance. For the second quarter, inflation in the Industrial segment held in the low single-digit range, consistent with the levels we saw in the first quarter. The pricing environment remains rational, and we do not expect any significant shifts in product inflation in our industrial business through the balance of 2022. Select initiative highlights contributing to the strong performance in the industrial business includes sales programs to capture profitable share of wallet with target accounts, data-driven strategic pricing and sourcing programs, technology investments to enhance the omnichannel experience and inventory productivity and footprint optimization initiatives.
As Paul mentioned, the KDG acquisition has added to the Motion team momentum. The teams are executing well-defined plans with customers, suppliers and teammates to deliver growth and create value as a combined business. To provide a bit more commentary on the recent integration progress, the team successfully onboarded KDG associates to Motion HR programs, accelerated the realignment of functional support teams, integrated systems and accelerated the colocation of overlapping branches. In addition, the team partnered with vendors to improve programs and product availability, utilize cross-functional field teams to sell services across shared customers, harmonize inventory strategies, and rebranded stores under the Motion banner.
All major work streams are at or ahead of plan. We're extremely pleased with the momentum of the integration efforts and excited for the growth opportunities as one Motion team. As we execute on our global initiatives, we complement them with strategic bolt-on acquisitions to capture share in our fragmented markets and create shareholder value. The M&A pipeline continues to be active, and we'll remain disciplined to pursue transactions that advance our strategy, deliver profitable growth and create long-term value. In summary, we had another terrific quarter, which resulted in record sales and profit for Genuine Parts Company.
We acknowledge that the macro environment remains dynamic, but we learned as a team from the challenges presented by the pandemic. We continue to prioritize our customers as we analyze our business indicators, remain agile and strategically invest with discipline in initiatives that extend our global leadership positions. Thank you again to the entire GPC team for an exceptional quarter.
And with that, I'll turn the call over to Bert.