Warner Music Loss Widens in Latest Quarter

5:24 AM PST 02/09/2012 by Georg Szalai
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Revenue was unchanged as digital revenue rose 17 percent.

Warner Music Group on Thursday reported flat revenue and a slightly higher loss for its fiscal first quarter.

The music company posted a loss of $26 million, compared with a year-ago loss of $18 million.

Revenue was virtually unchanged at $779 million in the quarter. Digital revenue rose 17 percent to $219 million.

Major recorded music sellers in the quarter included Michael Buble, Nickelback, Bruno Mars and The Black Keys.

“This quarter’s results reflect a solid performance throughout WMG as we grew digital recorded music revenue and total music publishing revenue," said CEO Stephen Cooper. “Going forward, we will continue to focus on long-term artist development, revenue diversification and cost management.”

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