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Barnes & Noble Reports 21% Increase in Total Sales for First Quarter

barnes-noble-logo1.jpgToday Barnes & Noble reported that total sales for the last quarter were $1.4 billion–a 21 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

The company also reported a “consolidated net loss” of $63 million. $9.5 million of that came from the bookseller’s expensive, but ultimately victorious, court battle against Ron Burkle‘s investment company. CEO William Lynch had this statement: “As we have previously stated, the company is allocating significant financial resources to strengthen its digital businesses in fiscal 2011 to maximize our ability to power growth and capture share of the emerging digital market.”

For more coverage, check out eBookNewser’s take on the company’s digital book future.

ZDNet had this take: “its digital book market share now tops the 17 percent it enjoys in the physical book market.” Finally, Daily Finance looks ahead to coming financial battles at the bookseller.

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