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10/09/2003

BARNES & NOBLE REPORTS COMPARABLE STORE SALES FOR SEPTEMBER

New York, NY (October 9, 2003)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today reported that comparable store sales for September 2003 increased 5.8%.

New titles on the company’s bestseller lists include The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom by Dr. Phil McGraw, The English Roses by Madonna, Split Second by David Baldacci, Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright and Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, which is the latest pick by Oprah’s Book Club.

Comparable store sales at B. Dalton Bookseller, which comprises approximately 5.0% of total bookstore sales, increased 0.7% in September.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report third quarter earnings on November 20th after the market closes, with a conference call to follow at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 21st.



About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world's largest bookseller, operating 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 49 states. It also operates 234 B. Dalton Bookseller stores, primarily in regional shopping malls. The company offers titles from more than 50,000 publisher imprints, including thousands of small, independent publishers and university presses.

Barnes & Noble also has approximately a 63% interest in GameStop (NYSE: GME), the nation's largest video-game and entertainment-software specialty retailer with 1,393 stores.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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