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  • Big Publishers Post Big Third-Quarter Gains

    The easing of lockdowns and strong increases in digital sales led to double-digit sales gains for four trade publishers that reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30 over the same period in 2019.

  • S&S Has Gains in Sales, Earnings in Q3

    With sales of both print and digital books rising in the third quarter, revenue at Simon & Schuster increased 28.5% over the quarter ended September 30, 2109, and profits were up 5.5%.

  • Profits Jumped 45% at HarperCollins

    A 20% increase in digital revenue and a 38% jump in direct-to-consumer sales over last year’s first quarter of fiscal 2021 helped to drive up profits by 45% and sales by 13% at HarperCollins.

  • HBG Sales Rose 19% in Q3

    Led by the megabestseller 'Midnight Sun' and 'The Return,' sales at Hachette Book Group jumped 19.2% in the quarter ended September 30, 2020, over the comparable period in 2019. Digital sales also had solid gains in the period.

  • HMH Trade Group for Sale; Archer Departs

    In an attempt to become a "pure-play learning technology company," HMH is looking to sell its trade group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media. Group president Ellen Archer has left the company.

  • RELX Group Remains the World's Top Publisher

    The world’s largest publisher did it again in 2019, with revenue of $5.64 billion.

  • Amazon Rolls On, Seeing Massive Revenue Surge in Q3

    Third-quarter sales rose 37% over 2019 and earnings soared at the e-commerce giant. The company said it has seen signs that customers are indeed shopping early, something retailers of all kinds are pushing for to avoid lost sales if Covid-19 cases surge closer to the end of the holiday shopping season.

  • Trade Publishing Sales Were Solid Through September

    Sales of adult trade books rose 8.9% through the first nine months of 2020 over the comparable period in 2019, and sales in the children/young adult segment increased 7.7% for publishers that report sales to AAP’s StatShot program.

  • Bloomsbury Posts Double-Digit Gains in First Half of Fiscal 2021

    A 55% increase in digital sales plus higher online revenue led to a 10% increase in sales while pre-tax profits more than doubled at Bloomsbury in the six-month period ended August 31, 2020.

  • Higher Digital Sales Drove Gains of Adult Books in August

    Sales of downloadable audio jumped 32% in August over a year ago and e-book sales rose 14.6%. With hardcover sales up 29% in the month, sales of adult books rose 13.2% in August, according to AAP's BookStat. Total industry sales inched up 0.3% in the month.

  • Earnings Soared at EDC in Q2

    Net earnings for the second quarter ended August 31, 2020, soared at Educational Development Corp., jumping to $4.2 million, from $1 million, in the second quarter ended last August. Revenue rose 142.5%, to $59.2 million.

  • Book Biz Stocks Sink in Third Quarter

    While the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 7.6% in the quarter ended September 30, the PW Stock Index fell 6.1%, with companies involved in the educational market hit hardest.

  • Club, Fair Declines Plague Scholastic

    Cost cuts improved Scholastic's bottom line in the first quarter, but sales at book fairs and book clubs tumbled during the period, and are expected to remain low in the current quarter.

  • July Sales Jumped in Trade, Fell in Education

    Sales of adult books rose 20.9% in the month over July 2019, and sales in the children/young adult category increased 14.5%, according to AAP's StatShot program. Sales in the K-12 instructional materials category fell 24.9% compared to last July, while sales in the higher educational course materials segment fell 21.9%.

  • Wiley Posts Q1 Gains Led by Digital Sales Boost

    Higher sales of a range of digital and online products offset continued declines in print revenue, leading to a 2% increase in sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 at John Wiley & Sons.

  • First Half Sales Slipped 1.4% at PRH

    A good performance in the U.S. plus higher digital and online sales helped to soften the blow of the Covid-19 pandemic across Penguin Random House's global operations in the first half of 2020, parent company Bertelsmann said.

  • June Book Sales Show Improvement

    Following steep declines in April and May, sales fell a relatively modest 4.1% in June compared to a year ago at publishers that report to AAP's StatShot program. June sales were up in the trade categories.

  • Sales, Earnings Down at HC in Fiscal 2020

    An improvement in fourth quarter profits for the period ended June 30, 2020, was not enough to prevent earnings for the full year at HarperCollins from dropping 15%, to $214 million. Revenue fell 5%, to $1.67 billion, compared to fiscal 2019.

  • S&S Posts Q2 Profit Gain Despite Sales Decline

    Lower production and distribution costs were enough to give Simon & Schuster a 9% increase in earnings in the second quarter, despite an 8% drop in sales. Digital revenue jumped 44% in the quarter.

  • Sales at HMH Took Big Hit in Q2

    A 38% plunge in sales in its education group in the second quarter of 2020 led to an overall decline of 35.5% in sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt compared to a year ago. Costs cuts limited the impact of the sales drop on the publisher's bottom line.

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