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May 23, 2011 09:00 ET

GDP Growth, but Discretionary Continues Struggle -- Research Report on Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Books-A-Million, Inc.

MACAU--(Marketwire - May 23, 2011) - Today, announced its research report highlighting Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) and Books-A-Million, Inc. (NASDAQ: BAMM). Full content and research is available at

With US National Gross Domestic Product beginning to move beyond high-watermark, it marks a significant shift away from recessionary pressures. The US Department of Commerce has confirmed growth within first quarter 2011, opening the strong possibility of companies within sub-sectors to experience organic revenue growth. However, expected weakness in consumer spending has analysts cautious with regard to other "discretionary" stores, such as bookstores, sporting goods, and arts & crafts.

Equity Markets has reviewed Barnes & Noble, Inc. for mission to remain a content, commerce and technology company that provides customers access to books, magazines, newspapers and other content across its multi-channel distribution platform. As of May 1, 2010, the Company operated 1,357 bookstores in 50 states, 637 bookstores on college campuses, and one a Web eCommerce sites, which includes the development of digital content products and software. Barnes & Noble operates in two segments: B&N Retail and B&N College. B&N Retail refers to Barnes & Noble excluding B&N College.

Barnes & Noble's principal business is the sale of trade books (generally hardcover and paperback consumer titles, mass market paperbacks (such as mystery, romance, science fiction and other popular fiction), children's books, eBooks and other digital content, eReaders and related accessories, bargain books, music and movies direct to customers through its bookstores or on Barnes & The full research report on Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is available here:

Equity Markets is covering Books-A-Million, Inc. for its business as a book retailer in the south-eastern United States. The Company operates both superstores and traditional bookstores. Superstores, range in size from 8,000 to 36,000 square feet and operate under the names Books-A-Million and Books and Co. Traditional bookstores are smaller stores operated under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. The full research report on Books-A-Million, Inc. (NASDAQ: BAMM) is available here:

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