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Mary Ellen Keating
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Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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Joseph J. Lombardi
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Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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03/20/2008

Barnes & Noble Reports 2007 Results

Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend

Issues First Quarter 2008 Guidance

New York, NY (March 20, 2008)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today reported sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and the full year ended February 2, 2008.  In addition, the company announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase to its quarterly cash dividend from $0.15 to $0.25 per share, commencing with the dividend to be paid in June 2008.

2007 RESULTS

As previously reported, Barnes & Noble store sales were $1,511 million for the quarter and $4,648 million for the full year.  Excluding the impact of the extra week during fiscal 2006, Barnes & Noble store sales increased 2.8% for the quarter and 4.3% for the full year as compared to the same periods in fiscal 2006.  Comparable store sales decreased 0.5% for the quarter and increased 1.8% for the year. 

Barnes & Noble.com sales were $177 million for the quarter and $477 million for the full year.  Excluding the impact of the extra week during fiscal 2006, Barnes & Noble.com comparable sales increased 13.1% for the quarter and 13.4% for the full year as compared to the same periods in fiscal 2006.

Consolidated sales were $1,846 million for the quarter and $5,411 million for the full year. 

As previously announced, the company received two non-operating benefits in January 2008, comprised of property insurance and litigation settlements that totaled $6.3 million on an after tax basis ($0.10 per share for the fourth quarter and $0.09 per share for the full year).

Net earnings were $115.0 million, or $1.79 per share for the fourth quarter, and $135.8 million, or $2.03 per share, for the full year, in-line with guidance updated on March 3, 2008. 

As previously announced, the company repurchased 6.9 million shares in 2007 for $248.3 million under its share repurchase plan.  In the first quarter of 2008, the company purchased an additional 1.9 million shares for $52.7 million.  Approximately $150 million remains under the existing share repurchase authorization.

2008 GUIDANCE

The company expects first quarter comparable store sales at Barnes & Noble stores to be slightly negative, and as previously announced, full-year comparable store sales are expected to be slightly positive.

Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s first quarter earnings are expected to range from $0.05 to $0.10 per share.  As previously announced, Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s full-year earnings per share are expected to range from $1.70 to $1.90, approximately flat with 2007 on an operating basis.  Non-operating items in 2007 results include the two settlements, previously noted, as well as the $8 million tax benefit recorded in the company’s second quarter.

The share count used in the computation of earnings per share is based on a diluted weighted average share count of 63.4 million shares for the first quarter, and a diluted weighted average share count of 64.2 million shares for the full year.

As of February 2, 2008, the company operated 713 Barnes & Noble stores and 85 B. Dalton stores.  During the fourth quarter, nine Barnes & Noble stores were opened and five were closed.  Seven B. Dalton stores were closed during the quarter.

A conference call with Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s senior management will be webcast beginning at 10:00 A.M. ET on Thursday, March 20, 2008, and is accessible at www.barnesandnobleinc.com/webcasts.  The call will also be archived at www.earnings.com for one year.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report first quarter earnings on or about May 22, 2008.

FINANCIAL TABLES

Download financial tables related to the sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and the full year ended February 2, 2008:

Consolidated Statements of Operations (14 KB)
Consolidated Balance Sheets (13 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 798 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nation’s top bookseller brand, as determined by a brand’s overall strength based on its combination of familiarity, quality and purchase intent, 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.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: 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, 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 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.