November 30, 2017 Last Updated 11:28 am

Same store sales decline blamed for Q2 ’18 loss at Barnes & Noble

Lack of wizards also blamed as B&N goes up against sales from last year for ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’

NEW YORK, NY — November 30, 2017 — Barnes & Noble, Inc.  today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended October 28, 2017.

Total sales for the second quarter were $791.1 million, declining 7.9% as compared to the prior year. Comparable store sales decreased 6.3%, with approximately half of this decline attributable to last year’s release of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The balance of the decline was primarily due to non-book categories.

“Comparable sales improved throughout the second quarter and into November,” said Demos Parneros, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Book sales continued to strengthen, and we saw improved traffic and conversion trends. As a result of the improving trends, we will continue to place a greater emphasis on books, while further narrowing our non-book assortment. We expect these improvements to continue as we head into the holiday season which, coupled with cost reductions, will enable us to achieve EBITDA of $180 million.”

The consolidated second quarter net loss was $30.1 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to a loss of $20.4 million, or $0.29 per share, in the prior year. The consolidated operating loss was $52.2 million for the quarter.

The Company incurred an EBITDA loss of $25.0 million for the quarter, primarily due to the comparable store sales decline.

Outlook

For fiscal 2018, the Company expects comparable sales to decline in the low single digits and full year consolidated EBITDA to be approximately $180 million. The Company expects comparable store sales to be approximately flat for the balance of the fiscal year. Additionally, the company plans to reduce costs by $40 million for the full fiscal year.

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