NEWS: Scholastic Corp. said Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter net income fell 6 percent from a year ago as costs rose. The publishing, education and media company stuck to its earnings and revenue outlook for the full year, and its shares rose slightly. DETAILS: The New York -based company publishes popular book series such as "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games." The company said the November release of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" movie increased sales of the book. Sales in its children's book publishing division, which includes "The Hunger Games," rose 1.3 percent to $352.1 million in the second quarter from $374.4 million in the same quarter a year ago. Scholastic said costs in the quarter rose 3.3 percent to $528.5 million from $511.5 million a year ago. NUMBERS: Net income fell to $58.3 million , or $1.80 per share, in the three months ending Nov. 30 . That compares with $61.8 million , or $1.89 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue rose 1.6 percent to $623.2 million from $613.5 million . FUTURE: For the full fiscal year, the company said it still expects earnings between $1.40 and $1.80 per share and revenue of $1.8 billion . STOCK: Up 27 cents to $29.08 in morning trading Thursday.
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