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Harlequin’s Profits Suffer From Lowered US Dollar

Ann Bruce kindly sent me an article full of depressing news.   Thanks, Ann.   Harlequin’s profits are down 12% for the quarter.   Harlequin is part of Torstar, an entertainment conglomerate headquartered in Canada.   It usually is a “cash cow” but the forex effect (which needed to be explained to me because it sounded like something painful a woman would endure at the gynecologist’s office) is having a negative impact.   Because the US dollar is declining in value against the Canadian dollar, the value of goods sold in the US is decreasing.   The fluctuating currency exchange rate is not working in Harlequin’s favor.

Via Report on Business.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sherry Thomas
    May 02, 2008 @ 13:01:54

    I was just thinking the lower dollar should work in favor of an American company before you reminded us that, of course, Harlequin is a Canadian company.

    The lovely effects of forex on the repatriation of profits. :-)

  2. Ann Bruce
    May 02, 2008 @ 14:11:56

    The depressed US dollar is also lowering profits of books sold in Canada since Harlequin has lowered the Canadian retail price to be more in line with the US. In the case of MIRA books, they’re at par.

    Some other publishers *cough*Harper Collins*cough* have decided to strip off the US retail price off Canadian editions so they still charge Canadians a 30%-45% premium.

    BTW, Sherry, PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS is $6.99 in the US and $9.99 in Canada. I had to argue with Wal-Mart before they would sell it to me for the US price…plus 25% off. :D Hey, I was only making them comply with their own advertising.

  3. Sherry Thomas
    May 02, 2008 @ 18:59:46

    LOL, I know. Prices for PA was set way back, before the dollar’s precipitous plunge. But I’m glad you made Wal-Mart cough up the forex gain for you. Those $3 are better off in your pocket. :-)

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