Sotheby’s Reports 33% Drop in 2Q Earnings Versus 2011
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Sotheby’s has reported a 33% decrease in its second-quarter net income compared to the same quarter in 2011. The company’s president and CEO, Bill Ruprecht, attributed it to a “challenging global economy.”
It announced a net income of $85.4 million for the second quarter of 2012, down 33% from last year, and total revenues of $303.9 million, down 19% from last year.
It reported a net income of $74.8 million for the first half of 2012, down 42% from last year, and total revenues of $408.9 million, down 16% from last year.
On a positive note, Mr. Ruprecht added that despite these reports, “Art appears to remain an attractive asset for collectors,” pointing to May’s Impressionist and Modern Sale, which earned a whopping $373.3 million, and the 2-day London sale of the collection of the late Gunter Sachs, which doubled its low estimate with earnings of $65.5 million.
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