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01/04/2007

BARNES & NOBLE HOLIDAY SALES INCREASE 2.6%

Earnings Per Share Guidance Affirmed

New York, NY (January 4, 2007)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today reported holiday sales for the nine-week holiday period from October 29, 2006 to December 30, 2006.

Barnes & Noble store sales were $1.1 billion, a 2.6% increase over the same period in fiscal 2005.  Comparable store sales decreased 0.1%, slightly lower than guidance for a flat to low single digit increase.  For the 48 weeks ended December 30, 2006, Barnes & Noble store sales rose 2.4% to $4.1 billion, while comparable store sales declined 0.3%.

B. Dalton sales were $28.4 million, a decline of 31.3% from the same period in fiscal 2005, primarily due to the closing of 32 stores over the past 12 months.  Comparable store sales decreased 7.6%.  For the 48 weeks ended December 30, 2006, B. Dalton sales decreased 29.1% to $94.1 million, with comparable store sales decreasing 6.0%.

Barnes & Noble.com comparable sales increased 2.7% for the holiday selling season and totaled $108.5 million.  For the 48 weeks ended December 30, 2006, Barnes & Noble.com sales were $376.4 million, representing a comparable sales decrease of 2.4% from the same period in fiscal 2005.

“Despite somewhat disappointing sales for the season in a highly promotional and competitive environment, the company expects to be in the low to middle range of its earnings per share guidance based upon post-holiday sales to date,” said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc.  The company’s previously announced earnings per share guidance for the fourth quarter and full year is $1.86 to $1.96 and $2.20 to $2.30, respectively.



About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 801 bookstores in 50 states. For the fifth year in a row, the company is the nation's top retail brand for quality, 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 and the number one online bookseller for quality among e-commerce companies, according to the latest EquiTrend survey.

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

SAFE HARBOR

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, the results of the internal review of the company’s stock option practices and the related inquiries by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice and related stockholder derivative lawsuits, general economic and market conditions, decreased consumer demand for the company’s products, possible disruptions in the company’s computer or telephone systems, 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 successful integration of acquired businesses, the successful integration of the company’s new New Jersey distribution center, unanticipated increases in merchandise or occupancy costs, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, 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.