Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, which includes devices, digital content and accessories, had revenues of $160 million for the second quarter in 2012, up 6% as compared to a year ago. Overall Barnes & Noble’s second quarter consolidated revenues were $1.9 billion, down 0.4% over the same time period last year.
According to the company’s quarterly earnings report, digital content sales, which includes eBooks, digital newsstand content and apps, increased 38 percent as compared to the same quarter last year. The quarter’s sales figures do not include sales of the latest Nook devices, as Barnes & Noble pointed out that the company began shipping these products after the close of the company’s fiscal second quarter.
Barnes & Noble executives expect digital sales to continue to grow. William Lynch, the company’s CEO stated, “We expect our two highly acclaimed new NOOK products, and our Microsoft partnership on Windows 8 to further fuel the growth of our digital business, and are encouraged by the promising start to the holidays in our retail and digital businesses.”