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Martha Stewart Revenues Zoom

Buoyed by surging magazine ad revenue, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia reported a sharply narrowed first-quarter loss of $6.8 million, recovering from a prior-year deficit of $19.2 million. Sales at the diversified media and licensing company soared higher by 59.9%, to $61.8 million from $38.7 million last year. Driving the top-line recovery was a 43% rise in publishing revenues, to $36.3 million from $25.4 million last year.

Merchandising jumped up by 20.1%, to $11.3 million from $9.4 million, driven by a new relationship with KB Home, now building Martha-branded communities. Likely to boost future results are licensing deals for a Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, rugs by Safavieh, and a new line of Martha Stewart Crafts products.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.

Qtr. 3/31 (x000) 2006 2005 % change
a. First quarter results include $1.0 million in interest income, compared with $769,000 last year; and a $123,000 loss from discontinued operations, compared with a prior-year loss of $132,000.
Sales $61,832 $38,666 59.9
Oper. income (EBIT) (7,691) (19,782)
Net income (6,835)a (19,168)a
Per share (diluted) (0.13) (0.68)
Average gross margin 48.1% 38.2%
SG&A expenses 57.0% 85.0%

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