Report: DVDs fuel home entertainment spending dip in Q2
Los Angeles – Total spending on at-home entertainment in the U.S. declined 1.4% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time period last year, according to research by Digital Entertainment Group. Consumers spent $3.94 billion on at-home entertainment in second quarter 2013, compared to $4 billion in second quarter 2012.
Packaged goods spending, which includes both DVDs and Blu-ray discs, fell 13%. Spending on rentals excluding video on demand fell 10%. However, a 15% jump in Blu-ray disc spending during the first half of this year suggests slumping DVD sales were the primary driver of this decline.
Sales of digital entertainment surged during the quarter, further signifying the decline of the DVD. Spending on web-only content streaming services increased 35% while spending on subscription services for packaged content fell 19%. Digital sales, which include video on demand as well as web-delivered content, rose 22% to $1.51 billion during the quarter.
Five Below bids adieu to COO, seeks president
Philadelphia – David Johnston, COO of Five Below, Inc., will leave his position at the company effective Aug. 31. In the wake of his departure, the company is seeking a president who will report directly to co-founder and CEO Thomas Vellios.
"We appreciate David’s contributions over the past year and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Vellios. “As we execute our store growth plans and expand our presence in new and existing markets, we will continue to invest in talent across our organization by filling new roles and expanding the scope of certain roles. With where we are in our growth trajectory, we believe creating a dedicated president position, reporting to me, is the right step for the organization. We are pleased to announce that we have initiated a search for a seasoned retail executive to fill this important role."
Johnston joined Five Below in June 2012 after serving as CFO of Wawa Inc. for seven years. He will receive half of his annual salary of $400,000 and 43,250 stock options will vest and become exercisable at the time of his departure. He will not be able to work for another fixed price or party goods retailer for one year, with an SEC filing by Five Below listing Dollar Tree and Party City as examples.
Five Below, which went public around the time Johnston joined the company, operates 258 stores and plans to open 60 new stores by the end of the year. Neither Johnston nor Five Below has publicly indicated the reason for Johnston’s departure.
Kohl’s hit with class-action suit
Menomonee Falls, Wis. – Law firm Levi & Korsinsky has commenced a class-action lawsuit against Kohl’s Corporation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased Kohl’s commons stock during the period between February 26, 2009 and September 13, 2011.
On August 4, 2011, Kohl’s announced that certain errors were discovered in its accounting for its leases. Following this statement, the price of Kohl’s common stock declined nearly 8%. The company filed a Form 8-K reporting that, as a result of these accounting errors, the financial statements included in 2010 Form 10-K and first quarter 2011 Form 10-Q could no longer be relied upon. On this news, Kohl’s stock dropped another 2.5% on September 8, 2011.
The suit alleges that in the course of these events, Kohl’s understated its debt and leverage ratios, overstated its reported equity, issued false and misleading financial statements and violated accounting standards. Shareholders of Kohl’s have until September 23, 2013 to seek appointment as lead plaintiff.