Walt Disney Co.'s board of directors, including chief executive Michael Eisner, were easily re-elected at an upbeat annual meeting on Feb. 11, a sharp turn from last year's widespread shareholder prot

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) -- Walt Disney Co.'s board of directors, including chief executive Michael Eisner, were easily re-elected at an upbeat annual meeting on Feb. 11, a sharp turn from last year's widespread shareholder protest.

Eisner, whose re-election to the board was opposed by 45% of votes cast at the 2004 event, won 92.2%, while other directors scored slightly more, according to results read to shareholders.

Donald Duck and other characters waited outside the meeting to take pictures with fans and shareholders-clearly the highlight for many.

Borders To Cut Back On Music

By Ed Christman

NEW YORK -- Although the Borders Group will hit its fiscal fourth-quarter company guidance by posting earnings per share in the range of $1.61-$1.62 on total sales of $1.37 million, the company said it was disappointed in music sales and will reduce the category in its stores.

In a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Feb. 9, Borders chairman/president/CEO Gregory P. Josefowicz said the chain's music sales declined in the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 23, and all of last year, even though overall music industry sales were up. "We were behind the music industry, and that's because of the kind of music we sell," he said.

The company expects a further decline in music sales this year, which is why "we will continue to reduce music in our stores," senior VP/CFO Edward W. Wilhelm said.

In fact, the reduction in music will be accelerated as the company remodels superstores this year, he said.

Multimedia was up slightly in the fourth quarter, with strong DVD sales offsetting the music declines, Josefowicz said. In contrast, he said, "we feel encouraged" by a 2% comparable-store increase in books, outperforming the overall book market.

Borders expects profits this year to be up 8% from 2003's $1.50 per share. Meanwhile, overall fourth-quarter sales were up 4.3%.

Borders shares dropped 29 cents to $36.01 in mid-day trading.