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UMG Revenue Falls, Digital Sales Rise


SANTA MONICA (Hypebot) – For the first half of 2011, Universal Music Group's revenue decreased 1.9% to $2.64 billion USD a 1.9% decrease compared to the first half of 2010 (-2.0% at constant currency). Digital music sales grew 13.5%, but failed to offset falling demand for physical product. Revenues in the second quarter increased by 0.6% at constant currency.

UMG's EBITA (earnings before income taxes and amortization) was $189 million USD, a 17.0% decrease compared to the first half of 2010 (also -17.0% at constant currency). Changes in the sales mix and restructuring charges associated with the reorganization plan announced last year were offset by operating cost savings and UMG's shares of a legal settlement with LimeWire.


EBITA before restructuring charges declined 6.5% at constant currency in the first half of the year. But a look at the second quarter alone shjowed a rebound in the US and the EBITA increasing by 7.7% before restructuring charges and at constant currency.