Consumer products revenues for the quarter increased 16 percent to $885 million. Segment operating income increased 37 percent to $274 million due to increases in the merchandise licensing and retail businesses.
The increase in operating income at merchandise licensing, according to Disney, was driven by the performance of Disney Channel, Mickey and Minnie and
merchandise, as well as lower acquisition accounting impacts, which reduced revenue recognition in the prior-year quarter.
For the retail business, higher operating income for the quarter was due to comparable store sales growth in Japan and North America, a new wholesale distribution business in North America and higher online sales in North America.
Interactive revenues for the quarter increased 38 percent to $268 million, driven
Studio Entertainment revenues for the quarter increased 35 percent to $1.8 billion as a result of increases in domestic home entertainment (which was driven by higher unit sales reflecting the success of recent film releases), international theatrical and television and subscription video on demand distribution. The contrast from Q2 2013 was particularly stark due to the fact that there was no comparable Marvel title released in the prior year as
Thor: The Dark World
was this year.
Higher international theatrical results also reflected the strength of
in the current quarter compared to
Oz The Great And Powerful
in Q2 2013.
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