Harry Conjures Earnings at Barnes & Noble: Fool by Numbers

On Aug. 18, Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS  ) released earnings for its 2005 second quarter, which ended July 30.

  • Not surprisingly, management attributed much of the year-over-year increase in profits to the selling powers of the latest installment in the Harry Potter series.
  • It may have also prompted the company to begin offering a $0.15-per-stub dividend, payable on Sept. 30 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 9. That's a full-year yield of nearly 1.6%.
  • Income from continuing operations was $0.20 per stub, in line with Street estimates.

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Fool contributorTim Beyers owns shares of Barnes & Noble. You can find out what else is in his portfolio by checking Tim's Fool profile, which ishere. The Motley Fool has an ironcladdisclosure policy.

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