HarperCollins Publishers announced it has acquired world Spanish rights to seven books from international bestselling author Fredrik Backman including: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and essay collection Things My Son Needs to Know about the World, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. The deal, which marks the first time these titles will be published in Spanish, was negotiated by Judith Curr, President and Publisher HarperOne Group, with Tor Jonasson of the Salomonsson Agency in Stockholm. Curr has also acquired world Spanish rights for Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, a memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas in which he challenges the definition of what it means to be an American and advocates for the human rights of immigrants. These titles will be published by HarperCollins throughout the Spanish-speaking world through its Global Publishing Program. Click read more below for additional detail.
L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) reported net sales of $2.477 billion for the five weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to net sales of $2.516 billion for the five weeks ended Dec. 30, 2017. Comparable sales were flat for the five weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to the five weeks ended Jan. 6, 2018.
The company reported net sales of $12.457 billion for the 48 weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to net sales of $11.592 billion for the 48 weeks ended Dec. 30, 2017. Comparable sales increased 3 percent for the 48 weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to the 48 weeks ended Jan. 6, 2018.
The company expects to report adjusted fourth quarter earnings per share towards the higher end of its previous guidance of $1.90 to $2.10, not including a preliminary estimated pretax charge, principally non-cash, related to the sale of La Senza of approximately $80 million, or $0.15 per share. The company closed on the previously announced sale of the La Senza business to an affiliate of Regent LP on Jan. 6, 2019.