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Results Steady At WH Smith, But...

On Wednesday WH Smith issued a short trading notice in advance of their annual results on August 31, saying the report will be "in line with expectations." Simple enough. That release inspired an equally short but potentially confusing Bloomberg piece that declares, "In the era of Facebook and Twitter, a…

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Merchandise Sales Lift Indigo

Canadian "book, gift and specialty toy retailer" Indigo reported results for their fiscal first quarter, ending July 2. Sales rose 4.4 percent, or $8.2 million, to $193.1 million for the quarter, "driven mainly by the continued double digit growth of key general merchandise categories." Book sales were up on a same-store basis, but flat overall…

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A Good Quarter for Amazon, With Media Sales Growing

Amazon reported second quarter results, with North American media sales of $2.928 billion up 12 percent (from $2.62 billion a year ago), as international media sales rose 9 percent $2.283 billion (from $2.094 billion a year ago). That's a total of $765 million lower than competitor Apple's just reported second-quarter…

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Apple Beats Low Expectations

Apple reported fiscal third quarter results on Tuesday afternoon, posting sales of $42.4 billion and earnings of $7.8 billion. While well below the comparable results from a year ago, investors were expecting a softer quarter; by slightly outperforming analysts' estimates, Apple's stock was up by close to 7 percent in after-hours…

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Barnes & Noble Education Sales Rise At End of Challenging Year

Barnes & Noble Education reported fourth quarter results on Tuesday morning, with a strong finish to the fiscal year, as sales rose 7.6 percent (or $20.8 million) to $294.8 million, with same-store sales up 4.5 percent in the period. They incurred $8.3 million in restructuring costs related to the Yuzu…

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More Barnes & Noble Fiscal Facts

Barnes & Noble followed their headline fourth quarter press release with more extensive SEC filings by the end of the day on Thursday providing a number of additional details worth reviewing: Settlement Credits Perhaps contributing to the company's slightly positive sales forecast for the new fiscal year, BN says that…

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Barnes & Noble Ends Fiscal Year On A Loss

Barnes & Noble reported fiscal fourth quarter sales after the close of the market on Wednesday. Sales fell $33 million (or 3.6 percent) to $877 million in the quarter. Retail sales fell $17 million -- even as physical book unit sales as measured by Nielsen Bookscan continue to rise, as…

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Bookselling: Sales Rise At Indigo In Fourth Quarter, and More

Canada's dominant bookstore chain Indigo reported results for their fiscal fourth quarter, ending April 2. Sales for the extended 14-week quarter were $220 million (CA), up $34 million from a year ago. On a 13-week, comparable store basis, superstore sales grow 14.7 percent, while small-format stores were up 15.8 percent. Online sales rose 9.8 percent.…

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Amazon Has Better-than-Expected Profit

Amazon reported first quarter sales on Thursday afternoon following the close of the market, with net income of $513 million (or $1.07 per share) that was almost double what analysts were expecting. The company's shares are up close to 10 percent in early Friday trading as a result. Net sales…

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Apple Falls Below Low Expectations -- But "Services" Still Grows

As expected, Apple reported the first year-over-year quarterly decline in revenue in more than a decade, as sales of $50.56 billion fell below analysts' lowered expectations. Sales were down in every region except Japan, with China and the rest of Asia declining more than the US (-10%) and Europe (-5%).…

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