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11/24/2009

Barnes & Noble Reports Fiscal 2010 Second Quarter Financial Results

Declares Quarterly Dividend

New York, NY (November 24, 2009)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2010 second quarter ended October 31, 2009.  Additionally, the company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share payable on December 31, 2009, to stockholders of record on December 10, 2009.

Total sales for the second quarter were $1.2 billion, a 4% increase compared to the prior year.  Barnes & Noble store sales decreased 2% to $950 million, with comparable store sales decreasing 3.2% for the quarter.  Barnes & Noble.com sales were $120 million for the quarter, a 9% increase compared to the prior year.  Total sales include Barnes & Noble College Bookstore (“College”) sales of $65 million for the period of September 30, 2009 (date of acquisition), through October 31, 2009.   College’s comparable store sales decreased 0.2% during that same period.

The second quarter net loss was $24.0 million, or $0.43 per share.  Included in the net loss were one-time transaction expenses of $0.13 per share associated with the College acquisition. 

Bestselling titles during the quarter included Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, Jeff Kinney’s Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #4), Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith, Vince Flynn’s Pursuit of Honor, Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw and Edward Kennedy’s True Compass

Guidance

For the company’s fiscal 2010 third quarter ending January 30, 2010, comparable store sales at Barnes & Noble stores are expected to decline 1% to 3%.  The company continues to expect full-year comparable store sales to decline 2% to 4%.   College’s comparable store sales are expected to be in a range of 0% to 2% for the third quarter and to be in a range of 1% to negative 1% from the acquisition date to the end of fiscal 2010.

Owing to the overwhelming customer demand for nookTM, the world’s most advanced eBook reader, the company is ramping up its production schedule, incurring higher production costs than originally anticipated and increasing future investments related to its digital strategy, including additional people, technology and in-store marketing support.  In addition, the company expects that general retail traffic will remain challenged during the holiday selling season.  As a result of the above factors, the company is lowering its full year earnings per share forecast to be in a range of $0.33 to $0.63, from its previous forecast of $0.59 to $0.89.  Third quarter earnings per share are expected to be in a range of $1.30 to $1.50.
 
As of October 31, 2009, the company operated 725 Barnes & Noble stores, 636 Barnes & Noble College Bookstores and 50 B. Dalton stores.  During the second quarter, four Barnes & Noble stores were opened and three were closed. 

A conference call with Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s senior management will be webcast beginning at 11:00 A.M. ET on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, and is accessible at www.barnesandnobleinc.com/webcasts

Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report third quarter results on or about February 23, 2010.

FINANCIAL TABLES

Download financial tables related to the sales and earnings for the second quarter ended October 31, 2009:

Consolidated Statements of Operations (15 KB)
Consolidated Balance Sheets (14 KB)

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About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 775 bookstores in 50 states.  Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 636 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and over 250,000 faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.  Barnes & Noble is the nation’s top bookseller brand for the sixth year in a row, as determined by a combination of the brand’s performance on familiarity, quality, and purchase intent; the top bookseller in quality for the second year in a row and the number two retailer in trust, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features hundreds of thousands of titles in its eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks).   Customers can buy and read eBooks on a wide range of platforms, including the iPhone and iPod touch, BlackBerry® smartphones, as well as most Windows® and Mac® laptops or full-sized desktop computers.
 
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

nook is a trademark of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements.”  Barnes & Noble is including this statement for the express purpose of availing itself of the protections of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and represent the beliefs of the management of the company.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  These risks include, but are not limited to, general economic and market conditions, decreased consumer demand for the company’s products, possible disruptions in the company’s computer or telephone systems, possible risks associated with data privacy and information security, possible work stoppages or increases in labor costs, possible increases in shipping rates or interruptions in shipping service, effects of competition, possible disruptions or delays in the opening of new stores or the inability to obtain suitable sites for new stores, higher than anticipated store closing or relocation costs, higher interest rates, the performance of the company’s online and other initiatives, the performance and successful integration of acquired businesses, the success of the company’s strategic investments, unanticipated increases in merchandise or occupancy costs, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, the results or effects of any governmental review of the company’s stock option practices, product shortages, and other factors which may be outside of the company’s control.   Please refer to the company’s annual, quarterly and periodic reports on file with the SEC for a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that could cause results to differ materially.