Revenue at Reed Exhibitions, whose businesses include BookExpo, fell to £201 million, from £684 million in the first six months of 2019, and the group had an adjusted operating loss of £117 million compared to a profit of £231 million a year ago.
Bloomsbury said sales in the first four months of fiscal 2021, which began March 1, rose 18% over the same period a year ago. Revenue in the U.S. increased 38%, and sales of both digital and print books were up overall.
Barnes & Noble Education said it was surprised to learn that Outerbridge Capital, which owns 13.5% of the company, plans to nominate four of its own candidates to run for B&NE's board of directors.
Fourth-quarter sales and earnings fell at John Wiley compared to fiscal 2019 due to lower sales of print books, test prep programs, and corporate training. Sales for the year rose 2%, though a number of one-time charges led to an operating loss.
Net sales declined only 3.5% in April for publishers who report to AAP's StatShot program. That small drop, however, was due to a significant decline in returns. Publishers are concerned that returns will be heavier than usual when stores reopen and start shipping back unsold titles.