November 9, 2010 / 9:53 PM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 1-Indigo posts loss on digital investments

* Q2 loss C$0.07/shr vs year ago EPS C$0.09

* Revenue up 4 percent

* Same-store sales down 1 pct at Indigo, Chapters

* Same-store sales down 5 pct at small-format stores

TORONTO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Indigo Books & Music (IDG.TO), Canada’s biggest book retailer, fell short of analyst estimates on Tuesday by posting a quarterly loss as the company invested heavily in digital initiatives and store redevelopment.

Indigo posted a loss of C$1.8 million ($1.78 million), or 7 Canadian cents a share, for the three months ended Oct. 2, compared with a profit of C$2.2 million, or 9 Canadian cents, a year earlier.

Revenue rose 4 percent to C$214.8 million.

    Analysts, on average, had expected the company to break even in the quarter, on revenue of C$220.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

    At its Indigo and Chapters superstores, same-store sales, or sales in stores opened at least a year, dropped about 1 percent, while same-store sales at its small-format stores fell 5 percent.

    The company released its results after markets closed. Its shares rose 35 Canadian cents to close at C$15.50 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

    $1=$1.00 Canadian Reporting by Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay; Editing by Frank McGurty

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