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Potter Play Drives Scholastic Gain

Scholastic reported sales for their fiscal first quarter, ending August 31, with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child driving sales up to $283 million, compared to $191 million a year ago. Their traditional seasonal loss (since school was not in session) only declined modestly on the big…

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Declining Book Sales Still Weigh on Wiley

John Wiley reported sales for their fiscal first quarter, with still-falling book sales and foreign exchange (since they have substantial sales in the UK) pulling down results. Sales of $404 million fell 4 percent, and net income of net income of $30.4 million was down 12 percent. Book sales continue to decline across…

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The First Half of the Year: An Overview

With Bertelsmann's half-year report from this morning, we now have all of the major public reporting for trade publishing companies for the first six months of the year (even though the AAP has not gotten past February so far). Below is a summary view, though for nearly every company we…

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Sales and Profit Down More Than 10 Percent At Penguin Random House

Bertelsmann reported results for the first half of 2016 on Wednesday morning, with book publisher Penguin Random House recording sales of €1.516 billion (down €181 million, or 10.7 percent, from a year ago), including the wholly-owned RH Germany. EBITDA fell in line with sales, down 10.6 percent to €185 million (or €22 million…

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Sales Rise at Quarto

The Quarto Group also reported results for the first half of 2016, with acquisitions helping to boost sales, at $73.3 million up from $67.7 million a year ago. The biggest, and most profitable, growth came from Quarto USA, where sales gained almost $4 million to $31.7 million for the period, with an adjusted…

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Harper Gains In Fourth Quarter

After six straight quarters of "core" declines, HarperCollins finished their fiscal year with a better fourth quarter, boosted on the topline by an extra week of results. Sales of $433 million were up 11 percent overall (or $43 million), and EBITDA improved to $50 million (compared to $33 million a year ago).…

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HMH Reduces Full Year Guidance, Though Trade Has Modest Gain

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt reported second quarter sales on Thursday morning, reducing its guidance for the full year on "an updated expectation for its core domestic education market": 2016 sales are now expected to range from $1.485 billion to $1.555 million (with net billings of between $1.525 billion and $1.595 billion). The small trade division…

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As Expected, Pearson Falls

Joining the big wave of earnings reports was Pearson on Friday, with results for the first half of the year. Sales fell £131 million to £1.866 billion, down 7 percent overall (and down 11 percent on a currency neutral basis) -- "primarily due to the expected declines in assessment revenues…

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Simon & Schuster Sustains Profit Growth, On Lower Sales

Simon & Schuster's parent company CBS reported second quarter sales after the close of the market on Thursday, with publishing revenues falling 6 percent to $187 million (down from $199 million a year ago). But operating income grew by $1 million, up to $26 million, "as the revenue decline was…

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Lagardere Publishing Is Just Above Flat, Even with Perseus Sales

Lagardere reported results for the first half of the year on Thursday afternoon, with the book publishing group just above flat, recording sales of  €970 million (up €2 million) and flat EBIT at a relatively low €36 million for the period, even with the addition of the Perseus imprints. Acquired on…

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