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Ad Surge Lifts Bertelsmann Figures

First Three Quarters Show Turn-around for German Media Giant

COLOGNE, GERMANY – Nine-month results at German media giant Bertelsmann showed a 3.5% jump in revenues to 11 billion Euros ($15 billion) and net profit of 357 million Euros, compared to a 246 million Euro loss over the same period last year.

Bertelsmann’s numbers are the latest in a string of positive earnings reports that all point to a strong recovery in advertising market. Bertelsmann, which owns European broadcaster RTL Group, publisher Random House and magazine group Gruner + Jahr, is strongly dependent on advertising revenues.

Bertelsmann expects the good times to keep rolling and is forecasting a boost in sales and profits for the year, with net profits forecast to top 500 million Euros.