Investors flee as bid for Barnes & Noble's stores ends

Barnes & Noble says it plans to keep making its Nook electronic readers and will focus on offering content to its customers, even as its first-quarter net loss nearly doubled.The quarterly results came as the struggling bookseller's chairman said he is abandoning his bid for the company's retail stores. Shares tumbled 12% in midday trading.Barnes & Noble is reviewing its strategy in the wake of CEO William Lynch's departure in June and continuing declines in Nook revenue, a unit the company has invested heavily in. In a call with investors, Barnes & Noble Michael Huseby, president of Barnes & Noble and CEO of its Nook business, said the 4-year-old Nook business has had some success, with 10 million devices sold and a 22% share in the ebook market. But he said there have been missteps."We have faced an increasingly challenging competitive landscape and, as it turned out, we were overly optimistic the past two holiday seasons, forecasting demand for our Nook devices falling far short of our expectations," he said in a call with investors.In June, Barnes & Noble said it would explore making its color Nook devices with a third-party manufacturer. On Tuesday Mr. Huseby elaborated, saying the company continues to design and develop both black-and-white and color Nook devices, with at least one new Nook due out for the holiday season and more products in development. He said the company already works with third-party manufacturers for parts of the device such... Continue reading at 'Crains New York'

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