Barnes & Noble Inc
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Shares of Barnes & Noble fell 6.5 percent, while Borders dropped 9.0 percent.
Barnes & Noble, the largest U.S. bricks and mortar bookseller with 775 stores, reported a quarterly loss that was in line with analysts' expectations, but lowered its full-year outlook.
The company said last week that it had sold out of its Nook e-readers due to high demand, which could hurt its sales while benefiting Amazon, which sells the market-leading Kindle.
Industry experts have said that electronic readers sold by Amazon, Sony Corp <6758.T>, Barnes & Noble and others will be top-selling electronic gadgets for the holidays.
Barnes & Noble said on Tuesday that it was accelerating its production schedule for the Nook and would incur higher costs.
The Nook costs and expectations of a tough holiday shopping season prompted Barnes & Noble to lower its full-year earnings-per-share forecast to a range of 33 cents to 63 cents, the company said. It previously had expected 59 cents to 89 cents.
Barnes & Noble said its loss had widened to $24.0 million, or 43 cents per share, in the second quarter ended October 31 from $18.4 million, or 34 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding one-time transaction expenses from the acquisition of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers in September, the company said it had lost 30 cents per share. That was in line with analysts' expectations, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Sales rose 4 percent to $1.16 billion from $1.11 billion.
BORDERS SALES FALL
Borders' loss from continuing operations was far larger than what Wall Street analysts had expected. Sales at stores open for at least a year fell 12.1 percent at its Borders Superstores and 7.2 percent at its Waldenbooks stores.
Same-store sales, excluding multimedia, were down 8.5 percent.
Earlier in November, Borders said Waldenbooks would become a smaller, more-profitable chain in 2010 as it planned to cut 200 stores. It also said it would cut 1,500 positions, most of which are part-time.
Borders provided no outlook for the holiday season, but appeared to be ramping up at its Superstores sites.
We increased core book inventories, experimented with a range of traffic-driving and in-store promotions and invested in store payroll to get books out on the shelves and our stores in top condition to receive customers, Chief Executive Ron Marshall said in a statement.
Borders' loss from continuing operations was $39 million, or 65 cents per share, in the third quarter ended October 31.
Analysts on average had forecast a loss of 45 cents a share, according to Reuters I/B/E/S. Overall sales fell 12.7 percent to $595.5 million from $682.1 million.
(Additional reporting by Nicole Maestri in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)