updated 1/19/2011 5:49:56 PM ET 2011-01-19T22:49:56

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Educational Development Corporation (Nasdaq:EDUC) ( http://www.edcpub.com ) today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, ended November 30, 2010.

Results

EDUC reports net revenue of $9,484,600 for the quarter ended November 30, 2010 of compared to $10,016,400 and net earnings of $776,900 compared to $925,100 for the same period last year.

Our Publishing Division posted a net revenue gain of 2.4% for the quarter and 3.4% for the nine months ended November 30, 2010 over the same period in 2009. This is especially encouraging as the publishing industry reports Juvenile Hardbacks down 16% for the year and Juvenile Paperbacks down 6% for the year.

The Home Business experienced an 8.2% net revenue decline for the quarter which is primarily due to decreases in home party sales, direct sales and internet sales. For the nine months ended November 30, 2010, net revenues declined 7.5% over the same period last year. This division has been impacted more by the economic conditions and consumer reductions in spending levels than our retail division; consequently, we continue to develop incentives for our field sales force to support their business.

Despite the small decline in sales and earnings, we continue a strong cash position while maintaining a $0.15 quarterly dividend.

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
 
  Three Months Ended November 30, Nine Months Ended November 30,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
         
NET REVENUES  $ 9,484,600   $ 10,016,400   $ 21,530,400   $ 22,412,900 
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES  $ 1,248,300   $ 1,483,200   $ 1,851,700   $ 2,508,400 
INCOME TAXES  471,400   558,100   696,400   942,500 
NET EARNINGS  $ 776,900   $ 925,100   $ 1,155,300   $ 1,565,900 
         
BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE:      
 Basic  $ 0.20   $ 0.24   $ 0.30   $ 0.41 
 Diluted  $ 0.20   $ 0.24   $ 0.30   $ 0.41 
         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES:        
 Basic  3,891,065   3,872,134   3,883,420   3,861,001 
 Diluted  3,893,301   3,873,282   3,885,646   3,862,099 

About Educational Development Corporation

Educational Development Corporation sells children's books, including Usborne Books and the Kane Miller line of international children's titles through a multi-level sales organization of independent consultants, through 5,000 retail stores and over the Internet. More than 1,500 different titles are available for children of all ages, with periodic new additions.

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CONTACT: Educational Development Corporation
         Randall White, (918) 622-4522

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