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Video game giants had a miserable second quarter as the pandemic gaming boom hits a wall

A gamer plays on Sony’s Playstation 5 console at his home in Seoul. Yelim Lee | AFP via Getty Images The giants of the video game world saw their sales slide in the second quarter, as initial tailwinds from the Covid pandemic faded. In the three months ended June, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo each posted …

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Don’t read vacation emails, keep your return date a secret and other tips for hacking your PTO

Americans are notorious for not taking a break. The average U.S. worker took less than 12 days of vacation in 2021 — six fewer than the global average — according to Expedia’s latest Vacation Deprivation study of 14,500 working adults across 16 countries.  Yet an overwhelming majority of workers say taking vacations makes them feel more …

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Antitrust trial puts book publishing industry in the dock

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department’s effort to block the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster isn’t just a showcase for the Biden administration’s tougher approach to corporate consolidation, it’s a rare moment for the publishing industry itself to be placed in the dock. Through the first week of an expected …

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Netflix is expanding its push into video games, but few subscribers are playing along

Netflix is accelerating its push into video games with plans to double its catalog of offerings by the end of the year, but for now, few of the streaming giant’s subscribers are playing. Since last November, the company has been rolling out the games as a way to keep users engaged between show releases. The …

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AMC takes aim at massive debt burden with ‘APE’ special dividend

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. took Wall Street by surprise with the announcement of its “APE” special dividend after market close on Thursday. This, of course, is a company that is no stranger to bold moves, as evidenced by the movie theater chain’s $27.9 million investment in gold and silver miner Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. HYMC, …

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Alibaba earnings highlight ‘attractive turnaround story,’ though stock gives back gains

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s shares looked to be giving back their post-earnings gains in Friday trading, but analysts generally had praise for the Chinese e-commerce giant’s latest results. The company reported essentially flat revenue growth for its June quarter on Thursday morning, while signaling an improvement in business trends as the period wore on as …

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AMC Entertainment Plans ‘APE’ Preferred Stock Dividend. Shares Slide After Earnings.

Text size Investors will receive a preferred share for each share of common stock they own. Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg AMC Entertainment is finally giving the “apes” what they want. The movie-theater company paired its second-quarter earnings report with news that it’s giving shareholders a special dividend of AMC Preferred Equity Units. The AMC preferred shares will …

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Meta’s first-ever corporate bond deal sees $30 billion in demand despite Zuckerberg’s gloomy warning

Corporate bond investors appeared pretty bullish on the metaverse Thursday, or at least about digital advertising. Meta Platforms Inc. META, -2.03%, the parent of Facebook, on Thursday saw roughly $30 billion in demand for its debut $10 billion, four-part U.S. corporate bond deal, according to a person with knowledge of the dealings and Informa Global …

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AMC Entertainment Q2 Earnings: What You Need To Know About The ‘APE’ Preferred Dividend

Movie theater market leader AMC Entertainment Holdings AMC reported second-quarter financial results after market close Thursday. Here are the highlights. What Happened: AMC reported second-quarter revenue of $1.17 billon, an increase from last year’s $444.7 million in the same time period. The revenue total beat a Street consensus estimate of $1.16 billion, according to data …

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