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Media Remains Moderate At Amazon; With Reports from Google and Pearson

Amazon reported first quarter sales through the end of March after the close of the market on Thursday: Net sales rose 15 percent to $22.72 billion, with a net loss of $57 million, or 12 cents a share -- slightly ahead of analysts' expectations for the company. Media sales (the category in…

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Penguin Random House By the Numbers

We wound up discovering and deriving more information about Penguin Random House's results from further review of their annual reports yesterday (which disclose breakdowns not offered up in their standard earnings releases). Most importantly, looking back at Bertelsmann's 2013 annual report, we established a comparison baseline for 2013 results for…

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With First Full Penguin Random House Annual Results, Dohle Says "We Are Stronger Together"

Bertelsmann reported financial results for 2014 on Tuesday morning, providing the first look at a full year's worth of performance for the merged Penguin Random House. (A year ago, the 2013 report incorporated only six months worth of Penguin's sales.) The trade publishing giant had combined sales of €3.324 billion for…

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A "Strong Holiday" Puts Books-a-Million In the Black for the Year

Books-a-Million reported fourth quarter sales after the close of the market on Monday, with sales rising 1.8 percent (or $3 million) to $161 million and net income jumping by 63 percent, up to $18.9 million, for the period ending January 31. The modest sales gain helped BAMM grow slightly for the year, with…

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Revenue Gains on Bigger Losses for Scholastic's Third Quarter

Scholastic reported third quarter sales of $382.1 million, up 2 percent (or $8.6 million) from a year ago, "largely driven by strong sales in children's books, especially in the company's school-based distribution channels, higher circulation of the company's classroom magazines, and increased sales of classroom books and literacy initiatives." But…

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Quarto Revenue and Profit Gain Throughout 2014

Quarto Group reported results for the year ending December 31, 2014, with sales up 2 percent to $172.6 million (a increase of $3.4 million) and operating profit up 10 percent to $15.4 million (an increase of $1.4 million). CEO Marcus Leaver said in the release, "In 2014, Quarto started to…

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Lagardere's Profit Falls Along with Sales

Having already reported sales for 2014 a month ago, in the European style Lagardere followed up on Wednesday afternoon with a full accounting of their profits for the year as well. On those sales of €2.004 million (down 3 percent), recurring EBIT fell further, down €26 million or 12 percent to €197…

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Barnes & Noble Discloses More Figures, Buys More Time from Samsung

As we've pointed out, Barnes & Noble's sales of Nook-branded devices have been running well below projections and their purchase promise made to Samsung. In an amendment to that agreement dated March 7, Samsung agreed to give Nook until June 30, 2016 to purchase at least 1 million co-branded tablets…

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Wiley Grows in Q3, But Book Sales Still Decline

Wiley reported adjusted third quarter sales of $466 million, up 2 percent including foreign exchange, while adjusted operating income of $78 million was flat (with net income rising $3.5 million). The company took charges of $24 million in the quarter related to their ongoing restructuring program, of which half was due…

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Barnes & Noble Sales Ebb; Earnings Improve Less Than Expected

Barnes & Noble reported fiscal third quarter earnings on Tuesday morning for the period ending January 31, with sales of $1.96 billion down $35 million from a year ago. EBITDA improved by $24 million to $197 million, and consolidated earnings rose to $72 million (93 cents per share), compared to $63 million (86 cents per…

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