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Nielsen Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN), a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers buy and watch, today announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012.

"Nielsen delivered solid second quarter results that reflect the reliable growth and stability of our businesses,” said David Calhoun, Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen. “We continue to benefit from the value we create for our clients and their confidence in our unique ability to serve the media and consumer goods industries across the globe.”

Second Quarter 2012 Operating Results

Revenues for the second quarter decreased 1% to $1,385 million, while increasing 4% on a constant currency basis compared to the second quarter of 2011. Our revenue performance was driven by a 3% decrease within our Buy segment (3% increase on a constant currency basis) and a 2% increase within our Watch segment (4% on a constant currency basis) as we continue to see increases in customer spending on our information services businesses. Revenues in our Expositions segment were flat during the period.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased 1% to $389 million, or 5% on a constant currency basis compared to the second quarter of 2011, as we continue to balance productivity efforts with investments in strategic growth initiatives.

Net income for the second quarter increased to $103 million compared to $69 million in the second quarter of 2011, driven by an overall reduction in costs. Net income per share, on a diluted basis, was $0.28 compared to $0.19 in the second quarter of 2011.

Adjusted Net Income for the second quarter increased to $157 million compared to $155 million in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted Net Income per share was $0.42 compared to $0.41 in the second quarter of 2011.

Six Months Ended June 2012 Operating Results

Revenues for the first half of 2012 increased 1% to $2,725 million, or 4% on a constant currency basis compared to the first half of 2011. Revenues within our Buy segment were flat (4% increase on a constant currency basis), revenues within our Watch segment increased 2% (3% on a constant currency basis) and revenues within our Expositions segment increased 5% (5% on a constant currency basis).

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