Universal Theme Park Earnings Help Keep Comcast Afloat

The Orlando Sentinel reports a 4 percent increase in sales at NBCUniversal theme parks during the last three months as guests increased spending at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Parent company Comcast Corp. said revenue from all of its theme park businesses totaled $498 million, up from $478 million a year ago.

As in the past, executives attributed the growth to the popularity of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and a King Kong attraction in California.

Theme parks are the smallest of NBCUniversal’s four main segments, contributing about one-tenth of the entertainment conglomerate’s $21 billion in total annual revenue. NBC Universal also owns cable- and broadcast-television networks and a movie studio.

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