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A Soft Finish for 2016 At Lagardere Publishing

Lagardere reported fourth quarter results after the close of the market in Paris on Thursday, with publishing division sales of 619 million euros down 1.9 percent (or €12 million), "as expected," since they published a new Asterix in France in the final quarter of 2015. Acquisitions, including Perseus, added €22…

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Indigo Revenues Rise in Third Quarter

Canadian "book, gift and specialty toy retailer" Indigo reported results for their fiscal third quarter, ending December 31. Sales rose 4.5 percent, or $17.1 million, to $400.3 million (CA) for the quarter, driven by "lifestyle and toy categories" which, as was the case the previous quarter, was "partly offset by…

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In A Twist, Amazon Misses on Sales Growth But Improves On Earnings

Amazon reported fourth quarter sales after the close of the market on Wednesday, with results that surprised analysts by underperforming on sales growth versus expectations, even though they had higher income than expected. Since the stock price is driven by growth first and earnings later, shares declined from their all-time…

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Apple's Services Pass $7 Billion In Holiday Quarter

Apple reported sales for the holiday quarter -- Q1 2017 in their fiscal year -- that were slightly ahead of the company's record performance a year ago, and modestly ahead of analysts' estimates as well. Sales were $78.4 billion, with earnings per share of $3.36. The services segment, which includes iBooks…

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Barnes & Noble Lays Another Holiday Egg

We are accustomed to mediocre holiday sales reports from Barnes & Noble, since the last time the bookseller recorded an actual gain in core, same-store holiday book sales was the 2011 season. But even by that low bar, BN outdid themselves in holiday disappointment this time around: Same-store sales for…

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Barnes & Noble Education Reduces EBITDA and Comp Guidance, Stock Falls Sharply

Barnes & Noble Education reported second quarter sales on Tuesday morning, with persistent same-store sales weakness carrying over from the first quarter. The company blamed the "lower textbook and general merchandise sales" on "lower enrollments and a softer retail environment." As a result, full-year expectations for EBITDA growth have been…

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"Sluggish Sales" Lower Barnes & Noble Revenues 4 Percent

Barnes & Noble more or less met analysts' low expectations for their fiscal second quarter ending, October 29: Sales fell 4 percent, to $858.5 million, with same store sales down 3.2 percent "on lower store traffic," even with the help of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Total Nook sales --…

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Book Sales Improve in Indigo's Second Quarter

Canadian "book, gift and specialty toy retailer" Indigo reported results for their fiscal second quarter, ending September 26. Sales rose 5.4 percent, or $11.2 million, to $216.9 million (CA) for the quarter, driven by "continued double digit growth in the general merchandise business, and growth in the core book business enhanced by…

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Amazon's Stock Falls on Slimmer Than Expected Profits; Media Sales Now Even with Apple

Amazon and Google both reported third quarter sales after the close of the market on Thursday. Amazon was expected to exceed analysts' expectations (yes, that's as crazy as it sounds) but they only fulfilled that halfway: Indeed sales of $32.7 billion were about $130 million ahead of those estimates, rising 29…

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Book Sales Continue Modest Decline at WH Smith, As Profits Improve

UK-based WH Smith reported annual results through August 31, declaring what passes for "another good performance" at their High Street stores -- which means trading profit there grow £3 million to £62 million, even as sales continued to ebb. Total sales in the division fell 3 percent and same-store sales declined 2 percent, even with the launch of…

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