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Barnes & Noble should report holiday store sales gain, says Stifel Nicolaus

Stifel Nicolaus expects Barnes & Noble to report that its in-store sales rose 2% during the holiday period versus 2011, driven by strength in educational toys and games. The firm expects NOOK revenue to jump 12% year over year but it maintains a Hold rating on the stock.