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As for the recently completed second quarter, net earnings were down 65 percent, to $12.5 million, thanks to a special charge of $16 million that included the cost of layoffs, the closure of Country Home magazine and relocation of staff. Publishing operating profit was $15 million, compared to $45 million a year ago. Revenues were $282 million, versus $309 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2008 and ad revenue was $122 million, compared to $153 million during the prior year.
— Amy Wicks