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Spotify U.K. No Longer Profitable, and Last Week’s Top News

Posted by Glen Sears | October 19, 2015 10:39 am | No Comments

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Spotify U.K. Subscription Revenues Climb as Overall Profits Fall
The U.K. arm of Spotify experienced strong growth in its subscription and advertising revenues last year, but still posted a £1.2 million ($1.5 million) loss after taxation, according to the company’s latest set of financial results, which cover the year 2014.

The rise in sales was not enough, however, to prevent the London-based company reporting an overall loss for the year after taxation of £1.2 million ($1.5 million) — a significant slide when compared to the previous calendar year when Spotify recorded a profit of £2.6 million ($4 million).

The loss can be partially attributed to a sizeable rise in cost of sales — a category that includes royalties paid to labels and publishers — which jumped from £96.2 million ($148 million) in 2013 to £124.4 million ($191.7 million) last year. “Individual company reports are not necessarily a reflection of the whole company, one way or the other,” a Spotify spokesperson maintained in a statement provided to Billboard.

Read more on Billboard: http://bit.ly/1GeFiF5

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