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Quarterly Report

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Certain statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our business, product and marketing strategies; new service offerings; revenue growth at QVC, Inc.; the recoverability of our goodwill and other long-lived assets; our projected sources and uses of cash; and the anticipated non-material impact of certain contingent liabilities related to legal and tax proceedings and other matters arising in the ordinary course of business. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. The following include some but not all of the factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated:
• customer demand for our products and services and our ability to adapt to changes in demand;

• competitor responses to our products and services, and the products and services of the entities in which we have interests;

• uncertainties inherent in the development and integration of new business lines and business strategies;

• uncertainties associated with product and service development and market acceptance, including the development and provision of additional connections to consumers as technologies progress and shift consumer shopping behaviors;

• our future financial performance, including availability, terms and deployment of capital;

• our ability to successfully integrate and recognize anticipated efficiencies and benefits from the businesses we acquire;

• the ability of suppliers and vendors to deliver products, equipment, software and services;

• the outcome of any pending or threatened litigation;

• availability of qualified personnel;

• changes in, or failure or inability to comply with, government regulations, including, without limitation, regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, and adverse outcomes from regulatory proceedings;

• changes in the nature of key strategic relationships with partners, vendors and joint venturers;

• general economic and business conditions and industry trends including the current economic downturn;

• consumer spending levels, including the availability and amount of individual consumer debt;

• changes in distribution and viewing of television programming, including the expanded deployment of personal video recorders, video on demand and IP television and their impact on home shopping networks;

• increased digital TV penetration and the impact on channel positioning of our channels;

• rapid technological changes;

• capital spending for the acquisition and/or development of telecommunications networks and services;

• the regulatory and competitive environment of the industries in which we, and the entities in which we have interests, operate;

• threatened terrorist attacks and ongoing military action in the Middle East and other parts of the world; and

• fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and political unrest in international markets.

For additional risk factors, please see Part II, Item 1A of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements and such risks, uncertainties and other factors speak only as of the date of this Quarterly Report, and we expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein, to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto, or any other change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. The following discussion and analysis provides information concerning our results of operations and financial condition. This discussion should be read in conjunction with our accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.


We own controlling and non-controlling interests in a broad range of video and on-line commerce companies. Our largest business, which is also our principal reportable segment, is QVC, Inc. QVC markets and sells a wide variety of consumer products in the United States and several foreign countries, primarily by means of its televised shopping programs and via the Internet through its domestic and international websites. Additionally, we own entire or majority interests in consolidated subsidiaries which operate on-line commerce businesses in a broad range of retail categories. The more significant of these include, Inc.,, LLC, Celebrate Interactive Holdings, Inc. and Provide Commerce, Inc. Backcountry operates websites offering sports gear and clothing for outdoor and active individuals in a variety of categories. Bodybuilding manages websites related to sports nutrition, body building and fitness. Celebrate operates websites that offer costumes, accessories, dιcor and party supplies. Provide operates an e-commerce marketplace of websites for perishable goods, including flowers, fruits and desserts, as well as upscale personalized gifts.
Our "Corporate and Other" category includes our corporate ownership interests in other unconsolidated businesses and corporate expenses. We hold ownership interests in Expedia, Inc., HSN, Inc., Interval Leisure Group, Inc. and, Inc. which we account for as equity method investments; and we continue to maintain investments and related financial instruments in public companies such as Time Warner Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and AOL, Inc., which are accounted for at their respective fair market values and are included in "Corporate and Other."
Discontinued Operations
Prior to the Split-Off (as defined below), Liberty's equity was structured into three separate tracking stocks. Tracking stock is a type of common stock that the issuing company intends to reflect or "track" the economic performance of a particular business or "group," rather than the economic performance of the company as a whole. Liberty had three tracking stocks, Liberty Interactive common stock, Liberty Starz common stock and Liberty Capital common stock, which were intended to track and reflect the economic performance of the separate businesses, assets and liabilities attributed to each group. These attributed businesses, assets and liabilities were not separate legal entities and therefore could not own assets, issue securities or enter into legally binding agreements. Holders of the tracking stocks did not have direct claim to the group's stock or assets and were not represented by separate boards of directors.
On September 23, 2011, Liberty completed the split-off of a wholly owned subsidiary, Liberty Media Corporation (LMC)(formerly known as Liberty CapStarz, Inc. and prior thereto known as Liberty Splitco, Inc.) (the "Split-Off"). At the time of the Split-Off, LMC owned all the assets, businesses and liabilities previously attributed to the Capital and Starz tracking stock groups. The Split-Off was effected by means of a redemption of all of the Liberty Capital common stock and Liberty Starz common stock of Liberty for all of the common stock of LMC. This transaction has been accounted for at historical cost due to the pro rata nature of the distribution.
Following the Split-Off, Liberty and LMC operate as separate, publicly traded companies and neither has any stock ownership, beneficial or otherwise, in the other. In connection with the Split-Off, Liberty and LMC entered into certain agreements in order to govern certain of the ongoing relationships between the two companies after the Split-Off and to provide for an orderly transition. The condensed consolidated financial statements of Liberty have been prepared to reflect LMC as discontinued operations. Accordingly, the assets and liabilities, revenue, costs and expenses, and cash flows of LMC (for periods prior to the Split-Off) have been excluded from the respective captions in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets, statements of operations, comprehensive earnings and cash flows in such condensed financial statements.


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