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Back to the Basics At Barnes: What's Been Lost In the eBook Era?

On or about September 1 Barnes & Noble Inc. will return to its roots as a chain of retail bookstores, following the spinoff of Barnes & Noble Education and the nearly-complete winding down of the Nook experiment. So we thought it would be interesting to turn back the reporting clock and see…

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Book Sales Fell Slightly at Barnes & Noble, As Nook Shed Employees

Barnes & Noble filed their full annual SEC report, subsequent to their basic earnings release last Thursday, which offers more specific details about the company's performance. Perhaps most relevant are the breakdowns on sales at the BN Retail unit. As reported last week, overall sales in this division decreased $186.9 million in…

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Barnes & Noble Finishes with Soft Quarter

Barnes & Noble reported fourth quarter fiscal 2015 results on Thursday morning, more or less in line with analysts' expectations, losing $19.4 million (37 cents a share) on sales of $1.184 billion. Sales fell in all three divisions and were down $138 million (or 10.4 percent) compared to a year…

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Books-A-Million Starts the Fiscal Year on a Downward Note; HMH Completes Scholastic Edtech Acquisition

Sales dropped $2 million (or 1.9 percent) at Books-A-Million in their fiscal first quarter, ending May 2, reaching $101.8 million for the period. Same-store sales also declined 0.9 percent down 2.5 percent, and the net loss of $5.3 million was marginally improved over the $5.6 million net loss for the…

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Indigo Sales Improve Throughout Q4 and Full Year

Canada's dominant bookseller Indigo reported fiscal fourth quarter sales (for the period ending March 28, 2015). Sales nudged up marginally, at $186.2 million CA, while the net loss of $13.9 million was slightly lower than the net loss of $14.4 million a year ago. The revenue growth was "partly offset…

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At Apple, App Store Grows and iPad Sales Decline

Apple reported fiscal second quarter sales after the close of the market on Tuesday, with strong iPhone sales and a rapidly expanding customer base in China continuing to drive the company to excellent results. iPad sales continued their decline, moving 12.6 million units -- compared to 16.3 million units a…

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Media Remains Moderate At Amazon; With Reports from Google and Pearson

Amazon reported first quarter sales through the end of March after the close of the market on Thursday: Net sales rose 15 percent to $22.72 billion, with a net loss of $57 million, or 12 cents a share -- slightly ahead of analysts' expectations for the company. Media sales (the category in…

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A "Strong Holiday" Puts Books-a-Million In the Black for the Year

Books-a-Million reported fourth quarter sales after the close of the market on Monday, with sales rising 1.8 percent (or $3 million) to $161 million and net income jumping by 63 percent, up to $18.9 million, for the period ending January 31. The modest sales gain helped BAMM grow slightly for the year, with…

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Barnes & Noble Discloses More Figures, Buys More Time from Samsung

As we've pointed out, Barnes & Noble's sales of Nook-branded devices have been running well below projections and their purchase promise made to Samsung. In an amendment to that agreement dated March 7, Samsung agreed to give Nook until June 30, 2016 to purchase at least 1 million co-branded tablets…

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Barnes & Noble Sales Ebb; Earnings Improve Less Than Expected

Barnes & Noble reported fiscal third quarter earnings on Tuesday morning for the period ending January 31, with sales of $1.96 billion down $35 million from a year ago. EBITDA improved by $24 million to $197 million, and consolidated earnings rose to $72 million (93 cents per share), compared to $63 million (86 cents per…

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