John Paczkowski

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Cost-Cutting Costs Weigh on Verizon

The buyouts Verizon (VZ) has offered some 11,000 employees have cost the company dearly. Posting second-quarter earnings Friday morning, Verizon said it lost $198 million, or 7 cents a share, largely as a result of–you guessed it–one-time costs related to workforce reductions.

Unfortunate news, particularly since that loss compares to a profit of $1.48 billion, or 52 cents a share, a year earlier. That said, excluding one-time items, Verizon earned 58 cents a share, which was better than the 56 cents analysts had been looking for.

And the company’s wireless business is booming. Verizon Wireless added a better-than-expected 1.4 million net customers, with about 665,000 of them opting for annual contracts. Those customers are spending more each month–$51.56, up 0.9 percent from the previous quarter. They’re also canceling service far less often. Subscriber churn fell to .94 percent–the lowest it’s been in nearly two years.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus