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Barnes & Noble lost $12.6 million in the quarter ending October 30th and lowered its full year guidance in a report released on Tuesday. Same store sales (excluding its recently acquired college stores) declined 3.3%, while total sales (also excluding college) were up 1%. The increase was driven by online sales growth but the previous quarter failed to meet expectations.

 

Book sales in the stores were not given but are estimated to be lackluster based on the fact that Toy & Games sales were up 42% behind expansion of the departments.

 

The company is focusing heavily on expanding its digital sales, and expects them to be at a $400 million per year run rate in digital by the end of its fiscal year next April. It launched the color Nook this past October.

 

Thanksgiving weekend sales soared, with comp store increases of 17% for its B&N stores and online sales up over 105%.

 

The company is projecting 5% to 7% comp store sales increases for the quarter ending late January but that won’t be enough to save its year, for which it lowered guidance to a $.75 to $1.15 loss per share: far worse than the $.50 loss per share the company forecasted just one quarter ago.

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This chart of the Top 5 Non-Collectible Miniature Lines (hobby channel) reflects sales in Q3 2010.  The charts are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

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This chart of the Top 5 Roleplaying Games (hobby channel) reflects sales in Q3 2010.  The charts are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

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Click on the 'Read more' link below for a look at the top 10 selling Board, Card and Family Games (hobby channel) based in Q3 2010.  The charts are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, subject of the hit movie The Social Network, plays Settlers of Catan regularly with his girlfriend, according to a profile in The New Yorker.

 

Zuckerberg is only the most recent, and perhaps the highest profile, Silicon Valley executive revealed to be a Settlers of Catan fan; the game is seen as a welcome respite from the innumerable hours of screen time that line of work entails.