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Liberty Interactive Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

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QVC Germany's revenue declined 1% in local currency in the second quarter primarily due to decreased sales in health and fitness and apparel, somewhat offset by increased sales of beauty products. QVC Germany's ASP in local currency decreased 3% and units shipped declined 1% in the second quarter. QVC Germany's second quarter returns as a percent of gross product revenue in local currency improved by 219 basis points and was primarily due to a shift in mix from apparel to beauty. QVC Germany's adjusted OIBDA in local currency increased 7% and adjusted OIBDA margin increased 127 basis points in the second quarter. The improvement in OIBDA margin was driven by a reversal of earlier bonus accruals to better reflect current business results, along with expense management and lower returns volume.

QVC UK's revenue increased 4% in local currency in the second quarter primarily due to sales increases in beauty and apparel products. QVC UK's ASP in local currency increased 3% and units shipped increased 1% for the second quarter. QVC UK’s second quarter returns as a percent of gross product revenue in local currency increased by 37 basis points primarily due to a product mix shift to apparel. QVC UK’s adjusted OIBDA in local currency decreased 16% and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased 342 basis points in the second quarter. The decrease in adjusted OIBDA margin was primarily due to higher duplicate running costs including an existing lease cancellation accrual associated with the transition to the UK’s new headquarters in June 2012.

QVC Italy continued the trend upward with a 21% sequential sales growth in local currency over the first quarter of 2012. QVC Italy’s sales were primarily from the home, beauty and apparel product categories.

QVC's outstanding bank and bond debt was $2.3 billion at June 30, 2012.

eCommerce Businesses

In the aggregate, Liberty Interactive’s eCommerce businesses increased revenue 13% to $391 million for the second quarter. Adjusted OIBDA decreased 36% to $23 million for the quarter and operating income decreased to a loss of $1 million. All but one of our eCommerce businesses reported an increase in revenue for the quarter as a result of increased marketing efforts driving additional traffic and increased conversion resulting from site optimization and broader inventory offerings. The decrease in adjusted OIBDA was the result of legal settlements, increased spending in paid search as a percentage of revenue, increased promotional activity to move seasonal inventory, lower advertising revenue due to pricing and a shift to mobile applications and a management compensation arrangement to retain key personnel for transition purposes at one of our eCommerce subsidiaries.

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