BOWNE & CO INC
8-K, 1997-10-31
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                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

                             Washington, D.C. 20549




                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT


                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934



Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) October 30, 1997
                                                 ----------------

                              BOWNE & CO., INC.
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               (Exact Name of Registrant as specified in charter)



      NEW YORK                      1-5842                13-2618477
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(State or other jurisdic-         (Commission            (IRS Employer
 tion of incorporation)           File Number)         Identification No.)

  345 HUDSON STREET, NEW YORK, NY                       10014
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(Address of principal executive offices)              (Zip Code)


Registrant's telephone number, including area code (212) 924-5500
                                                   ----------------

                                     N/A
        --------------------------------------------------------------
        (Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 7. Financial Statements and Exhibits

        (a) No financial statements are filed with this report.

        (b) Exhibits

            99.1 - Press release announcing fiscal year change described in Item
                   8 below.

Item 8. Change in Fiscal Year

          Pursuant to a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors, Bowne &
Co., Inc. determined, on October 30, 1997, to change the date for the end of
its fiscal year from October 31 to December 31.  A report covering the
two-month transition period of November 1 through December 31, 1996 will be
filed on Form 10-Q.





                                  SIGNATURES


          Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                            Bowne & Co., Inc.


Date: October 30, 1997                    /s/ DENISE K. FLETCHER
                                          ----------------------
                                          Denise K. Fletcher
                                          Vice President, Chief 
                                          Financial Officer

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                                Exhibit Index

 Exhibit 
   No.                           Description
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  99.1          Press release announcing fiscal year change.



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                        [BOWNE & CO., INC. LETTERHEAD]


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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                    BOWNE ANNOUNCES FISCAL YEAR-END CHANGE


NEW YORK, October 31 - Bowne & Co., Inc. (AMEX:BNE) announced today that
pursuant to a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors, it determined, on
October 30, 1997, to change the date for the end of its fiscal year from
October 31 to December 31.  Fiscal 1997 now will include the 12-month period
beginning January 1, 1997, and ending December 31, 1997.  A report covering the
two-month transition period of November 1 through December 31, 1996, will be
filed on Form 10-Q no later than December 15, 1997.  The results for the year
ended December 31, 1997, will be reported on Form 10-K no later than March 31,
1998.

          "Several factors prompted us to change our fiscal year-end," stated
Robert M. Johnson, Bowne's chairman and CEO.  "Since most companies listed on
the major exchanges have a December 31 fiscal year-end, Bowne believes that
conversion to a calendar year-end will simplify communications with investors 
and shareholders."

          Established in 1775, Bowne & Co., Inc. is an information technology 
company with 57 locations in North and South America, Europe and Asia.  The 
world's largest financial printer, Bowne is also the leading provider of 
electronic filing services to the securities industry and the leader in 
software localization and translation.

          Bowne's information management services include Internet and intranet
design and development; website localization and translation; document-building
solutions and digital print-on-demand services -- in multiple languages and in
print and electronic formats.  Bowne provides outsourcing solutions to meet
client's needs for reprographics, document creation, management, printing and
distribution.  Additional information on Bowne is available at 
http://www.bowne.com.
          

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