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Basic cabler Nostalgia Network reported a second-quarter net loss of $ 359, 000 (3 cents per share), an improvement from a loss of $ 682,000 a year earlier. The L.A. company said quarter revenues were up 28% to $ 3.7 million and operating profit was $ 311,000, up from a loss of $ 93,000 a year earlier.

Harcourt General, boosted by its General Cinema Theatres, had sharply higher profits for the third quarter of fiscal 1993, with earnings per share increasing 51% to $ 106.8 million ($ 1.34 per share) from the same quarter a year ago. Revenues for the quarter that ended July 31 were $ 1.16 billion, up 17% from a year earlier. Operating earnings at General Cinema Theatres more than doubled to $ 11.3 million from $ 5.4 million in the third quarter of 1992.

Astral Communications Inc. has reached an accord with Lyons Group of Allen, Texas, the production company for the Barney the dinosaur character, making Astral the exclusive distributor and manufacturer of Barney videos in Canada, according to Harold Greenberg, Astral chief executive. The Barney videos are created exclusively for homevideo distribution and are distinct from the Barney programs aired on public television in the United States, according to Astral officials.

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