COMCAST REPORTS WIDER THAN EXPECTED LOSSES IN FOURTH QUARTER
Comcast Corp. reported "much wider losses" for its
fourth quarter of '97 and the full year ended December 31,
although annual revenues increased 21.6%, according to
Richard Morgan of VARIETY. Comcast posted a fourth quarter
loss of $81.4M, compared with a loss of $25.7M a year
earlier, while its year-end loss of $238.7M compared with a
loss of $53.5M in '96. Comcast saw a 19.3% gain in revenue
for the quarter, from $1.17B a year earlier to $1.39B in
'97. Annual revenues grew to $4.91B in '97 from $4.04B in
'96. Comcast attributed its fourth quarter loss "primarily"
to the rollout of a nationwide personal communications
service in partnership with Sprint PCS (VARIETY, 2/24).