Martha Stewart and her Insider Trading

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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is a foremost supplier of unique 'how to' substance and products for the home. The 'Martha Stewart' brand is leveraged across four business sections - Publishing, Television, Merchandising, and Internet/Direct Commerce. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has eight core content regions - Home, Cooking and Entertaining, Gardening, Crafts, Holiday, Keeping, Weddings, and Baby and Kids - in that creative experts are constantly seeking and developing new ideas to maintain the high quality and value associated with the brand.


Publishing is Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's largest business section that accounted for US $182.6 million of total revenues for 2002. It includes magazines such as Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, nearly 40 Martha Stewart books, the ask Martha newspaper column and radio show, and a music library of compilation CDs. The Television section accounted for US $ 26.7 million of total revenues for 2002, where it now offers around 30 opportunities every week for viewers to watch Martha Stewart programming. Kmart plays a huge role in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's merchandising section. In 1987, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Kmart created a partnership that has been extremely beneficial for both companies. Sales of Martha Stewart merchandise in Kmart stores have reportedly been in excess of US $5 billion since the beginning of the partnership. (Louria, 2) In 2001, Kmart sold US $1.5 billion worth of Martha Stewart Everyday house wares, and those licensing fees accounted for almost 25% of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's profits. ...
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