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Revenue of Barnes & Noble 2012-2019

In its 2019 fiscal year, American bookseller Barnes & Noble reported revenue of 3.48 billion U.S. dollars, down from 3.66 billion in 2018. The company’s revenue has been decreasing annually for several years, with figures falling by nearly two billion dollars between 2012 and 2019.

Barnes & Noble vs online booksellers

Barnes & Noble, once known for being the largest bookstore chain in the world, has fallen into relative decline in recent years largely due to the increased competition provided by online book retailers such as Amazon. The company’s net sales have dropped in both its physical and e-book segments, and the number of physical stores operated by the company has also begun to gradually decrease. Rather than seek out a physical store location, many consumers have found it increasingly convenient to order their books online given the nearly endless selection as well as the convenience of home delivery.

Book formats

Despite the struggles of Barnes & Noble in its competition with online booksellers, the appeal of physical books has not waned. Sadly this does not always translate into sales, but traditional print books remain the most popular format by a large margin. Whilst e-books and audiobooks have their place in the industry and allow emerging authors to publish their work, even in a world so heavily focused on digital formats the love for the written word in physical form hasn’t faded just yet.

Revenue of Barnes & Noble in the fiscal years 2012 to 2019

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

May 2011 to April 2019

Special properties

fiscal year 2018 ended on April 28, 2018

Supplementary notes

Barnes and Nobles uses the following periods as to measure past financial results:
FY 2018: May 1, 2017 to April 28, 2018
FY 2017: May 1, 2016 to April 29, 2017
FY 2016: May 3, 2015 to April 30, 2016
FY 2015 May 4, 2014 to May 2, 2015
FY 2014: April 28, 2013 to May 3, 2014
FY 2013: April 29, 2012 to April 27, 2013
FY 2012 May 1, 2011 to April 28, 2012.

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