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[$$] Barnes & Noble Lowers Earnings Forecast After Weak Postholiday Sales

Inc. said Thursday that it expects to record a smaller profit this year than it had previously anticipated following sluggish postholiday sales, sending shares of the bookseller plunging in afternoon trading. Barnes & Noble in November said it expected adjusted Ebitda, not including one-time or unusual items, to be between $175 million to $200 million. The bookseller had said in January that it could cut its earnings estimates by as much as 10% because of higher costs.