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09/04/2003

BARNES & NOBLE REPORTS COMPARABLE STORE SALES FOR AUGUST

New York, NY (September 4, 2003)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:  BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today reported that comparable store sales for August 2003 increased 2.7%.

New titles on the company’s bestseller lists include Lies:  And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them…A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken, It’s Not About the Bike:  My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy, and Street Dreams by Faye Kellerman.  Additionally, the company reported that low-carb books continue to dominate the diet and health category with The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston leading the way.

Comparable store sales at B. Dalton Bookseller, which comprises approximately 5.0% of total bookstore sales, decreased (3.2)% in August.



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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