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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

FOR ANNUAL AND TRANSITION REPORTS
PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

[X] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended February 2, 2002

[ ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from __________ to __________

Commission File No. 1-12302

 
Barnes & Noble, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its Charter)
     
Delaware   06-1196501

 
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)
122 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY   10011

 
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 633-3300

     
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:    
Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share   New York Stock Exchange

 
(Title of Class)   (Name of Exchange on
    which registered)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes  [X]  No  [<nsb>]

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  [X]

The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $1,672,201,713 based upon the closing market price of $30.99 per share of Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange as of March 28, 2002.

Number of shares of $.001 par value Common Stock outstanding as of March 28, 2002: 67,289,009

 


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DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the Registrant’s Proxy Statement for the 2002 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference into Part III.

Portions of the Registrant’s Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2002 are incorporated by reference into Parts II and IV.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS
PART II
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS
ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
ITEM 9.CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE
PART III
ITEM 10. DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS
PART IV
ITEM 14.EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES, AND REPORTS ON FORM 8-K
SIGNATURES
EX-10.11: EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
EX-13.1: SECTIONS OF THE COMPANY'S ANNUAL REPORT
EX-21.1: LIST OF SUBSIDIARIES
EX-23.1: CONSENT OF BDO SEIDMAN, LLP
EX-23.2: REPORT OF BDO SEIDMAN, LLP


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        PART I    
Item   1.   Business   4
Item   2.   Properties   16
Item   3.   Legal Proceedings   17
Item   4.   Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders   18
        PART II    
Item   5.   Market for Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters   19
Item   6.   Selected Financial Data   19
Item   7.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   20
Item   7a   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk   N/A
Item   8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data   20
Item   9.   Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure   20
        PART III    
Item   10.   Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant   20
Item   11.   Executive Compensation   20
Item   12.   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management   20
Item   13.   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions   21
        PART IV    
Item   14.   Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules and Reports on Form 8-K   21

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PART I

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

General

         Barnes & Noble, Inc. (Barnes & Noble or the Company), the nation’s largest bookseller*, as of February 2, 2002 operated 896 bookstores and 1,038 video-game and entertainment-software stores. Of the 896 bookstores, 591 operate under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bookstop and Bookstar trade names (40 of which were opened in the year ended February 2, 2002) and 305 operate under the B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops and Scribner’s Bookstore trade names. Through its approximate 36 percent interest in barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com), the Company is one of the largest sellers of books on the Internet. In October 1999, the Company acquired Babbage’s Etc. LLC (Babbage’s Etc.), one of the nation’s largest video-game and entertainment-software specialty retailers. In June 2000, the Company acquired Funco, Inc. (Funco), a Minneapolis-based electronic games retailer. Through a corporate restructuring, Babbage’s Etc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Funco and Funco’s name was changed to GameStop, Inc. As a result of these transactions, the Company became the nation’s largest video-game and PC-entertainment software specialty retailer, operating 1,038 video-game and entertainment-software stores as of February 2, 2002 under the GameStop, Babbage’s, Software Etc. and FuncoLand trade names, a Web site, gamestop.com, and Game Informer, one of the largest multi-platform video-game magazines, with circulation of over 415,000 subscribers (collectively, GameStop or Video Game & Entertainment Software). In February 2002, the Company completed an initial public offering of its GameStop business, reducing the Company’s ownership interest to approximately 63%.

         The Company’s principal business is the retail sale of trade books (generally hardcover and paperback consumer titles, excluding educational textbooks and specialized religious titles), mass market paperbacks (such as mystery, romance, science fiction and other popular fiction), children’s books, bargain books and magazines. These collectively account for substantially all of the Company’s bookstore sales. During fiscal 2001, the Company’s share of the consumer book market was approximately 16 percent. Bestsellers represent only 3 percent of the Barnes & Noble store sales.

         The Company’s fiscal year is comprised of 52 or 53 weeks, ending on the Saturday closest to the last day of January. The fiscal year ended February 2, 2002 (fiscal 2001) was comprised of 52 weeks and the fiscal year ended February 3, 2001 (fiscal 2000) was comprised of 53 weeks.

         The Company’s sales increased $494.6 million or 11.3% during fiscal 2001 to $4.870 billion from $4.376 billion during fiscal 2000. Contributing to this improvement was an increase of $363.8 million from GameStop store sales.


*   Based upon sales reported in trade publications and public filings.

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Barnes & Noble Bookstores

         General

         Barnes & Noble is the nation’s largest operator of bookstores* with 591 Barnes & Noble bookstores located in 49 states and the District of Columbia as of February 2, 2002. With more than 35 years of bookselling experience, management has a strong sense of customers’ changing needs and the Company leads book retailing with a “community store” concept. Barnes & Noble’s typical bookstore offers a comprehensive title base, a café, a children’s section, a music department, a magazine section and a calendar of ongoing events, including author appearances and children’s activities, that make each Barnes & Noble bookstore an active part of its community.

         Barnes & Noble bookstores range in size from 10,000 to 60,000 square feet depending upon market size. Barnes & Noble bookstores opened during fiscal 2001 added 0.8 million square feet to the Barnes & Noble bookstore base, bringing the total square footage to 14.2 million square feet, a six percent increase over the prior fiscal year. Fiscal 2001 sales from Barnes & Noble bookstores, which contributed 89.6 percent of the Company’s total bookstore sales, increased 6.0% to $3.359 billion from $3.170 billion in fiscal 2000. The Company plans to open between 40 and 45 Barnes & Noble bookstores in the fiscal year ending February 1, 2003 (fiscal 2002), which are expected to average 26,000 square feet in size. The Company believes that the key elements contributing to the success of the Barnes & Noble bookstores are:

         Proximity to Customers. The Company’s strategy is to increase its share of the consumer book market, as well as to increase the size of the market. Since it began its bookstore roll-out, the Company has employed a market clustering strategy. As of February 2, 2002, Barnes & Noble had stores in 150 of the total 210 DMA (Designated Market Area) markets. In 67 of the 150 markets, the Company has only one Barnes & Noble store. The Company believes its bookstores’ proximity to their customers strengthen its market position and increase its franchise value. Most Barnes & Noble bookstores are located in high-traffic areas with convenient access to major commercial thoroughfares and ample parking. Most stores offer extended shopping hours, generally 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.

         Dominant Title Selection. Each Barnes & Noble store features an authoritative selection of books, ranging between 60,000 to 200,000 titles, and has access to one million titles for immediate delivery. The comprehensive title selection is diverse and reflects local interests. In addition, Barnes & Noble emphasizes books published by small and independent publishers and university presses. Bestsellers represent only 3 percent of Barnes & Noble bookstore sales. Complementing this extensive on-site selection, all Barnes & Noble bookstores provide customers with access to the millions of books available to online shoppers while offering an option to have the book sent to the store or shipped directly to the customer. The Company believes that its tremendous selection, including many otherwise hard-to-find titles, builds customer loyalty.

         Store Design and Ambiance. Many of the Barnes & Noble bookstores create a comfortable atmosphere with ample public space; a café offering, among other things, sandwiches and bakery items; and public restrooms. The cafés, for which the Starbucks Corporation is the sole provider of coffee products, foster the image of the bookstores as a community meeting place. In addition, the Company continues to develop and introduce new product line extensions, such as gift, game, music, video, DVD and children’s sections, to meet customers’ changing tastes and needs. These offerings and services have helped to make many of the stores neighborhood institutions.


*   Based upon sales reported in trade publications and public filings.

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         Music Departments. Many of the Barnes & Noble bookstores have music departments, which range in size from 1,700 to 7,800 square feet. The music departments generally stock over 50,000 titles in classical music, opera, jazz, blues and pop rock and an extensive collection of DVD’s, tailored to the tastes of the Company’s core customers. Listening stations are available for customers to preview selected compact discs.

         Discount Pricing. Barnes & Noble bookstores employ an aggressive nationwide discount pricing strategy. The current pricing is 30 percent off publishers’ suggested retail prices for hardcover bestsellers, 30 percent off paperback bestsellers and 20 percent off select feature titles in departments such as children’s books and computer books. The Company believes that its pricing strategies enable the Company to increase the discount on the books its customers buy most often while bringing the Company closer to online pricing.

         The Company also offers Readers’ Advantage™ memberships which entitle the customer to receive a 10 percent discount in the Company’s stores and a 5 percent discount on the Barnes & Noble.com Web site. Readers’ Advantage™ also offers other benefits and invitations to member-only events.

         Marketing and Community Relations. Barnes & Noble stores are launched with a major grand opening campaign involving extensive print and radio advertising, direct-mail marketing and community events. Each store plans its own community-based calendar of events, including author appearances, children’s storytelling hours, poetry readings and discussion groups. The Company believes its community focus encourages customer loyalty, word-of-mouth publicity and media coverage. The Company also supports communities through efforts on behalf of local non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (K-12). In addition, the Company is the exclusive book sponsor of the Poets & Writers organization, and a co-sponsor with the Anti-Defamation League of a nationwide campaign, “Close the Book on Hate,” which encourages adults to begin a dialogue with young children on combating prejudice.

         Merchandising and Marketing

         The Company’s merchandising strategy for its Barnes & Noble bookstores is to be the authoritative community bookstore which carries a dominant selection of titles in all subjects, including an extensive selection of titles from small independent publishers and university presses. Each Barnes & Noble store stocks from 60,000 to 200,000 titles, of which approximately 50,000 titles are common to all stores; the balance is crafted to reflect the lifestyles and interests of each store’s customers. Before a store opens, the Company’s buyers study the community and customize the title selection with offerings from the store’s local publishers and authors. After the store opens, each Barnes & Noble store manager is responsible for adjusting the buyers’ selection to the interests, lifestyles and demands of the store’s local customers. BookMaster, the Company’s proprietary inventory management database, has more than 3.0 million titles. It includes catalogued sales rankings of over 1.0 million titles in over 150 subjects and provides each store with comprehensive title selections in those subjects in which it seeks to expand. By enhancing the Company’s existing merchandise replenishment systems, BookMaster allows the Company to achieve higher in-stock positions and better productivity at the store level through efficiencies in receiving, cashiering and returns processing.

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         Store Locations and Properties

         The Company’s experienced real estate personnel select sites for new Barnes & Noble stores after an extensive review of demographic data and other information relating to market potential, bookstore visibility and access, available parking, surrounding businesses, compatible nearby tenants, competition and the location of other Barnes & Noble stores. Most stores are located in high-visibility areas adjacent to main traffic corridors in strip shopping centers or freestanding buildings. The Company has successfully converted existing structures such as old movie theaters, bowling alleys, power plants and landmark buildings into bookstores.

         The number of Barnes & Noble stores located in each state and the District of Columbia as of February 2, 2002 are listed below:

                     
    NUMBER       NUMBER
STATE   OF STORES   STATE   OF STORES

 
 
 
Alabama     5     Missouri     9  
Alaska     1     Montana     3  
Arizona     14     Nebraska     4  
Arkansas     2     Nevada     4  
California     79     New Hampshire     4  
Colorado     13     New Jersey     21  
Connecticut     11     New Mexico     2  
Delaware     1     New York     38  
Dist. Of Columbia     2     North Carolina     15  
Florida     40     North Dakota     2  
Georgia     13     Ohio     17  
Hawaii     1     Oklahoma     5  
Idaho     3     Oregon     8  
Illinois     26     Pennsylvania     23  
Indiana     9     Rhode Island     1  
Iowa     4     South Carolina     9  
Kansas     4     South Dakota     1  
Kentucky     6     Tennessee     9  
Louisiana     7     Texas     54  
Maine     1     Utah     8  
Maryland     10     Vermont     1  
Massachusetts     18     Virginia     19  
Michigan     18     Washington     17  
Minnesota     17     Wisconsin     9  
Mississippi     2     Wyoming     1  

Expansion

         According to Veronis, Suhler & Associates Communications Industry Forecast (Veronis Suhler), total U.S. consumer spending on books is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 2.4%, from approximately $17.8 billion in 2000 to approximately $20.0 billion in 2005. The Company believes Barnes & Noble bookstores offer the greatest opportunity to increase the Company’s share of the expanding consumer book market. The Company expects to open approximately 40 to 45 new stores

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during fiscal 2002. All stores will be opened under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers trade name and management positions in those stores are expected to be filled mostly by employees from existing stores.

B. Dalton Bookstores

         General

         The Company is the second largest operator of mall bookstores in the United States.* During fiscal 2001, B. Dalton (including Doubleday and Scribner’s) generated sales of approximately $310.3 million, or 8.3% of the Company’s total bookstore sales, compared with $372.2 million, or 10.3% of total bookstore sales during fiscal 2000.

         Most of the 305 B. Dalton stores range in size from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet. These stores stock between 20,000 and 25,000 titles. B. Dalton generally discounts hardcover and paperback bestsellers at 30% off the publishers’ suggested retail prices. B. Dalton also offers Readers’ Advantage™, a membership loyalty program which gives members additional discounts and other benefits. The Company’s eight Doubleday bookstores and one Scribner’s bookstore utilize a more upscale format in select shopping malls and place a greater emphasis on hardcover and gift books.

         The Company is continuing to execute a strategy to maximize returns from its B. Dalton stores in response to declining sales attributable primarily to superstore competition. Part of the Company’s strategy has been to close underperforming stores as leases come up for renewal. In fiscal 2001, the Company closed 35 B. Dalton stores.

         Merchandising and Marketing

         Each B. Dalton store carries a selection of core titles within a variety of popular subject categories such as business, computers, cooking and reference, which are supplemented by new releases, bestsellers and other titles specially selected to meet local interests and demands. B. Dalton’s merchandise strategy is to expand title assortments within categories it believes have significant growth potential, such as children’s books, mass market paperbacks (such as mystery, romance, science fiction and other popular fiction), publishers’ remainders and other bargain books including the Company’s self-published books. B. Dalton’s product offerings are tailored to attract shoppers interested in movies, television talk show topics and current events.


*   Based upon sales reported in trade publications and public filings.

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         Store Locations and Properties

         Approximately 89 percent of B. Dalton stores are located in enclosed regional shopping malls. The remaining stores are located in strip shopping centers and central business districts. Lease renewals for B. Dalton stores are made after an extensive review of financial results, demographic data, mall tenants, location within the mall and competitive factors.

         The number of B. Dalton stores located in each state and the District of Columbia as of February 2, 2002 are listed below:

                     
    NUMBER       NUMBER
STATE   OF STORES   STATE   OF STORES

 
 
 
Alabama     1     Montana     1  
Arizona     8     Nebraska     1  
Arkansas     1     Nevada     3  
California     42     New Hampshire     2  
Colorado     3     New Jersey     9  
Connecticut     3     New Mexico     2  
Dist. Of Columbia     1     New York     10  
Florida     15     North Carolina     6  
Georgia     9     North Dakota     3  
Idaho     3     Ohio     15  
Illinois     15     Oklahoma     1  
Indiana     5     Oregon     4  
Iowa     6     Pennsylvania     13  
Kansas     5     South Carolina     3  
Kentucky     2     South Dakota     1  
Louisiana     7     Tennessee     1  
Maine     2     Texas     19  
Maryland     6     Utah     5  
Massachusetts     4     Virginia     10  
Michigan     14     Washington     11  
Minnesota     15     West Virginia     1  
Mississippi     1     Wisconsin     5  
Missouri     9     Wyoming     2  

Barnes & Noble.com

         General

         In 1998, the Company and Bertelsmann AG (Bertelsmann) completed the formation of a limited liability company to operate the online retail bookselling operations of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, barnesandnoble.com inc. The new entity, barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com), was formed by combining the online bookselling operations of the Company with funds contributed by the international media company Bertelsmann, one of the largest integrated media companies in the world. In 1999, Barnes & Noble.com Inc. completed an initial public offering (IPO) of 28.75 million shares of Class A Common Stock and used the proceeds to purchase a 20 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. As a result, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 40 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com

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from the date of the IPO through November 2000. In November 2000, Barnes & Noble.com acquired Fatbrain.com, Inc. (Fatbrain), the then third largest online bookseller. Barnes & Noble.com issued shares of its common stock to Fatbrain shareholders. As a result of this merger, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained an approximate 36 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Accordingly, the Company’s share in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com was 40 percent from the beginning of fiscal 2000 through November 2000 and approximately 36 percent thereafter.

         Barnes & Noble.com is a leading online retailer of knowledge, information, education and entertainment-related products. Since opening its online store in March 1997, Barnes & Noble.com has attracted more than 11.2 million customers in 228 countries. In addition to books, the Barnes & Noble.com Web site, www.bn.com, sells music, DVD/video and magazine subscriptions. Barnes & Noble.com’s online bookstore includes the largest-in-stock selection of in-print book titles with access to one million titles for immediate delivery and supplemented by more than 20 million listings from its nationwide network of out-of-print, rare and used book dealers. Barnes & Noble.com offers its customers fast delivery, easy and secure ordering and rich editorial content.

         According to Jupiter Media Metrix, in January 2002, Barnes & Noble.com’s Web site was the fifth-most-trafficked shopping site and was among the top 50 largest Web properties on the Internet. Co-marketing agreements with major Web portals such as AOL, Yahoo! and MSN as well as content sites have extended Barnes & Noble.com’s brand and increased consumer exposure to its site. Barnes & Noble.com has also established a network of remote storefronts across the Internet by creating direct links with more than 512,000 affiliate Web sites.

GameStop Stores

         General

         As a result of its acquisitions of Babbage’s Etc. and Funco in October 1999 and June 2000, respectively, the Company is the nation’s largest video-game and PC-entertainment software specialty retailer.* As of February 2, 2002, the Company operated 1,038 video-game and entertainment-software stores located in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. The Company’s video-game and entertainment-software stores range in size from 500 to 5,000 square feet (averaging 1,500 square feet) depending upon market demographics. Stores feature video-game hardware and software, PC-entertainment software and a multitude of accessories. The Company operates stores under the GameStop, Babbage’s, Software Etc. and FuncoLand trade names, a Web site, gamestop.com and Game Informer magazine.

         Of the 1,038 stores, 542 stores are located in shopping malls and other locations and 496 stores are located in strip centers. Mall stores carry primarily new video-game hardware, video-game software and accessories and PC-entertainment software, as well as a limited selection of used video game products. Strip center stores carry a balanced mix of new and used video-game products and, in selected stores, PC-entertainment software. The used video-game products provide a unique value proposition to customers, and the Company’s purchasing of video-game products provides customers with an opportunity to trade in their used video-game products for store credits and apply those credits towards other merchandise, which, in turn, drives more sales.

         On February 19, 2002, the Company successfully completed an initial public offering for GameStop Corp., GameStop’s parent company, raising net proceeds of approximately $348.0 million. A portion of those proceeds was used to repay $250.0 million of indebtedness to the Company, with the


*   Based upon sales reported in trade publications and public filings.

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Company contributing the remaining (approximately $150.0 million) indebtedness to GameStop Corp. as additional paid-in-capital. The balance of the proceeds (approximately $98.0 million) is being used for GameStop Corp. working capital and general corporate purposes. The Company retained an approximate 63% interest in GameStop Corp.

         Merchandising and Marketing

         The mall stores primarily focus on the electronic game enthusiast who demands the latest merchandise featuring the “hottest” technology immediately on the day of release. The strip center stores also serve the electronic game enthusiast, but focus on serving the value-oriented customer by offering a wide selection of value-priced used video-game products and the opportunity to trade in used video-game products in exchange for store credits applicable to future purchases, which, in turn, drives more sales.

         Store Locations and Properties

         GameStop’s stores are mainly in prime locations in regional shopping malls, strip centers or other high traffic locations in markets with desirable demographics. All new stores, lease renewals, relocations and major remodels are evaluated on the basis of their return on investment, strategic positioning and condition of the market.

         The number of video-game and entertainment-software stores located in each state, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Guam as of February 2, 2002 are listed below:

                     
    NUMBER       NUMBER
STATE   OF STORES   STATE   OF STORES

 
 
 
Alabama     9     Montana     4  
Alaska     3     Nebraska     3  
Arizona     19     Nevada     6  
Arkansas     4     New Hampshire     6  
California     114     New Jersey     54  
Colorado     14     New Mexico     4  
Connecticut     17     New York     55  
Delaware     3     North Carolina     21  
Florida     33     North Dakota     4  
Georgia     21     Ohio     54  
Guam     1     Oklahoma     9  
Hawaii     9     Oregon     6  
Idaho     2     Pennsylvania     61  
Illinois     51     Puerto Rico     9  
Indiana     18     Rhode Island     1  
Iowa     9     South Carolina     11  
Kansas     5     South Dakota     2  
Kentucky     15     Tennessee     19  
Louisiana     11     Texas     98  
Maine     1     Utah     9  
Maryland     30     Virginia     35  
Massachusetts     26     Vermont     1  
Michigan     49     Washington     27  
Minnesota     22     West Virginia     8  
Mississippi     4     Wisconsin     20  
Missouri     21              

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         Expansion

         GameStop intends to continue to open new strip center stores in targeted markets and new mall stores in selected mall locations. GameStop opened 74 new stores in fiscal 2001 and 65 new stores in fiscal 2000. GameStop plans on opening approximately 150 to 200 new stores in fiscal 2002. The primary growth vehicle will be the expansion of the strip center store base, which could grow to over 2,000 stores in the United States. GameStop’s strategy is to open clusters of strip center stores in targeted major metropolitan markets under the GameStop brand name. GameStop analyzes each market relative to target population and other demographic indices, real estate availability, competitive factors and past operating history, if available.

         Industry experts believe that the electronic game industry is at the beginning stage of a new expansion cycle. International Data Corporation, an industry forecaster, forecasts that domestic sales of new video-game products will increase at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 47.5 percent over the next three years. In addition, Interactive Digital Software Association estimates that 60 percent of all Americans, or approximately 145 million people, play video or computer games on a regular basis.

Other Strategies

         Proprietary Publishing. Barnes & Noble differentiates its product offerings from those of its competitors by publishing books under its own imprints for sale in its retail stores and through Barnes & Noble.com’s online book sales. As part of this activity, Barnes & Noble licenses titles directly from domestic and international publishers as well as from literary agents, commissions books directly from authors, reprints classic titles in the public domain and creates collections of fiction and non-fiction using in-house editors. With publishing and distribution rights to nearly 4,000 titles, Barnes & Noble Books offers customers high quality books at exceptional values. By self-publishing books, the Company is able to significantly lower its merchandise costs and pass on a portion of the savings to its customers. While the prices of these books represent significant value to the customers, they also generate substantially higher gross profit margins than those realized on sales of non-proprietary books.

Strategic Investments

         The Company maintains equity investments in iUniverse.com (an Internet publishing portal), BOOK® magazine (a leading magazine on book reviews and other book-related information) and enews, inc. (an Internet marketer of magazine subscriptions). The Company also owns a 74 percent interest in Calendar Club L.L.C., an operator of seasonal calendar kiosks.

Store Operations

         The Company has seasoned management teams for its Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton and GameStop stores, including those for real estate, merchandising and store operations. Field management includes regional directors and district managers supervising multiple store locations.

         Each Barnes & Noble store generally employs a manager, two assistant managers and approximately 50 full- and part-time booksellers. Many Barnes & Noble stores also employ a full-time community relations manager. Each GameStop store generally employs a manager, one or two assistant managers and between two and 10 game advisors, most of whom are part-time employees. Each B. Dalton store generally employs a manager, an assistant manager and approximately seven full- and part-time booksellers. The large employee base provides the Company with experienced booksellers and interactive gaming experts to fill positions in the Company’s new Barnes & Noble and GameStop stores.

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The Company anticipates that a significant percentage of the personnel required to manage its expanding business will continue to come from within its existing operations.

         Field management for all of the Company’s bookstores and GameStop stores, including regional directors, district managers and store managers, participate in a bonus program tied to sales. The Company believes that the compensation of its field management is competitive with that offered by other specialty retailers of comparable size.

         Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton and GameStop have in-store training programs providing specific information needed for success at each level, beginning with the entry-level positions of bookseller and game advisor. Store managers attend annual merchandising conferences every fall, and district managers participate in semi-annual training and merchandising conferences. GameStop’s training program incorporates an element of on-the-job training where existing store managers train new store managers in all areas of store operations. Barnes & Noble and B. Dalton store managers are generally responsible for training other booksellers and employees in accordance with detailed procedures and guidelines prescribed by the Company, utilizing training aids available at each bookstore.

Purchasing

         Barnes & Noble’s buyers negotiate terms, discounts and cooperative advertising allowances with publishers for all of the Company’s bookstores. The Company’s distribution center enables it to maximize available discounts and enhance its ability to create marketing programs with many of its vendors. The Company has teams of buyers who specialize in customizing inventory for each of the Company’s bookselling strategies. Store inventories are further customized by store managers, who may respond to local demand by purchasing a limited amount of fast-selling titles through a nationwide wholesaling network.

         The Company purchases books on a regular basis from over 1,700 publishers and approximately 45 wholesale distributors. Purchases from the top five suppliers (including publishers and wholesale distributors) accounted for approximately 44 percent of the Company’s book purchases during fiscal 2001, and no single supplier accounted for more than 15 percent of the Company’s purchases during this period. Consistent with retail book industry practice, substantially all of the Company’s book purchases are returnable for full credit, a practice which substantially reduces the Company’s risk of inventory obsolescence.

         Publishers control the distribution of titles by virtue of copyright protection, which limits availability on most titles to a single publisher. Since the retail, or list, prices of titles, as well as the retailers’ cost price, are also generally determined by publishers, the Company has limited options concerning availability, cost and profitability of its book inventory. However, these limitations are mitigated by the substantial number of titles available (over 3.0 million), the Company’s ability to maximize available discounts and its well-established relationships with publishers, which are enhanced by the Company’s significant purchasing volume.

         Publishers periodically offer their excess inventory in the form of remainder books to book retailers and wholesalers through an auction process which generally favors booksellers such as the Company who are able to buy substantial quantities. These books are generally purchased in large quantities at favorable prices and are then sold to consumers at significant discounts off publishers’ list prices.

         GameStop purchases substantially all of its video-game and entertainment-software products from approximately 85 manufacturers and software publishers and approximately five distributors.

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Purchases from the top five vendors (including publishers and distributors) accounted for approximately 49 percent of the GameStop store purchases and only Sony, Microsoft and Electronic Arts (which accounted for 25 percent, 11 percent and 11 percent, respectively) accounted for more than 10 percent of GameStop’s new product purchases during fiscal 2001. GameStop has established price protections and return privileges with its primary vendors in order to reduce the risk of inventory obsolescence. In addition, GameStop has no purchase contracts with trade vendors and conducts business on an order-by-order basis, a practice that is typical throughout the industry. GameStop believes that maintaining and strengthening its long-term relationships with its vendors is essential to its operations and continued expansion. GameStop believes it has very good relations with its vendors.

Distribution

         The Company has invested significant capital in its systems and technology, by building new platforms, implementing new software applications and maintaining efficient distribution centers. As of February 2, 2002, the Company’s book distribution centers had over one million square feet. Historically, the Company had replenished through its distribution network some of its fast-moving frontlist titles and bargain and self-published books and had the remaining inventory drop-shipped directly to the stores from wholesalers and publishers. The Company now sources more of its inventory through the distribution centers, which has increased direct buying from publishers rather than wholesalers. This has also led to improved just-in-time deliveries to stores.

         Barnes & Noble.com recently determined it could not effectively utilize the full capacity of its Reno, Nevada distribution center. As a result, Barnes & Noble.com’s Board of Directors approved the transfer of the Reno warehouse lease and the sale of inventory located in Reno to the Company at cost. In addition, the Company intends to refurbish the facility. The Company’s Board of Directors also approved the Company’s assumption of the lease, which expires in 2010, and the hiring of all of the employees at the Reno facility. The Company intends to use the Reno facility to facilitate distribution to its current and future West Coast stores. The Reno lease assignment and the transfer of the Reno facility to the Company is expected to be completed during the first half of fiscal 2002.

         GameStop operates a 200,000-square-foot distribution center in Grapevine, Texas, which provides the majority of products to its stores. By operating with a centralized distribution facility, GameStop effectively controls and minimizes inventory levels. Technologically advanced conveyor systems and flow-through racks control costs and improve speed of fulfillment. The technology used in the distribution center allows for high-volume receiving, distributions to stores and returns to vendors. Inventory is shipped to each store at least twice a week, or daily, if necessary, in order to keep stores in supply of products. In order to support its first-to-market distribution network, GameStop utilizes the services of 15 off-site, third-party operated distribution centers that pick up products from suppliers, repackage the products for the stores and ships those products to the stores by package carriers. GameStop’s ability to rapidly process incoming shipments of new release titles and distribute them to all of its stores, either that day or by the next morning, enables GameStop to meet peak demand and replenish stores at least twice a week.

Management Information and Control Systems

         The Company has focused a majority of its information resources on strategically positioning and implementing systems to support store operations, merchandising and finance. BookMaster, the Company’s bookstore inventory management system, integrates point-of-sale features that utilize a proprietary data-warehouse based replenishment system. BookMaster enhances communications and real-time access to the Company’s network of bookstores, distribution center and wholesalers. In addition, the implementation of just-in-time replenishment has provided for more rapid replenishment of books to all

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of the Company’s bookstores, resulting in higher in-stock positions and better productivity at the bookstore level through efficiencies in receiving, cashiering and returns processing.

         GameStop’s proprietary inventory management system and point of sale technology shows daily sales and in-store stock by title by store. Systems in place use this data to automatically generate replenishment shipments to each store from its distribution center, enabling each store to carry a merchandise assortment uniquely tailored to its own sales mix and rate of sale. GameStop’s call lists and reservation system also provide its centralized buying staff with information to determine order size and inventory management for store-by-store inventory allocation. GameStop constantly reviews and edits its merchandise categories with the objective of ensuring that inventory is up-to-date and meets customer needs. GameStop uses a centralized PC network-based information system based in its corporate offices, in order to minimize initial outlay of capital while allowing for flexibility and growth as operations expand.

         The Company continues to implement systems to improve efficiencies in back office processing in the human resources, finance and merchandising areas. An offsite business recovery capability has been developed and implemented to assure uninterrupted systems support.

Competition

         The retail book business is highly competitive. The Company competes in the superstores business with Borders Group, Inc. (Borders) and Books-a-Million. The Company also faces competition from mass merchandisers, such as Wal-Mart and Costco, some of which may have greater financial and other resources than the Company. B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops and Scribner’s Bookstores face direct competition from the Walden division of Borders, as well as regional chains and superstores. The Company’s bookstores also compete with specialty retail stores that offer books in particular subject areas, independent single store operators, variety discounters, drug stores, warehouse clubs, mail-order clubs and other retailers offering books and music. In addition, the Company’s bookstores may also face competition from the expanding market for electronic books.

         The video-game and entertainment-software industry is intensely competitive and subject to rapid changes in consumer preferences and frequent new product introductions. GameStop competes with mass merchants and regional chains, including Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target, other video-game and PC-software specialty stores located in malls and other locations, including Electronics Boutique, toy retail chains, including Toys ‘R’ Us and KB Toys, mail-order businesses, catalogs, direct sales by software publishers, online retailers, and computer product and consumer electronics superstores, including Best Buy and Circuit City. In addition, video games are available for rental from many video stores and can be downloaded from interactive sites accessible on the Internet and may also be distributed through other methods which may emerge in the future. GameStop also competes with sellers of previously played video game merchandise. Some of GameStop’s competitors in the video game business have longer operating histories and may have significantly greater financial resources than the Company. Additionally, GameStop competes with other forms of entertainment activities, including movies, television, theater, sporting events and family entertainment centers.

         The Company also faces competition from the Internet. The online commerce market is rapidly evolving and intensely competitive, having few barriers to entry. The Company believes that many small Web sites and several large Web sites currently offer and sell most of the same products the Company offers. Moreover, companies that control access to Internet commerce transactions through network access or Web browsers currently promote, and will likely continue to promote, certain of the Company’s competitors. The Company is aware that some of its competitors have and may continue to adopt aggressive pricing or inventory availability policies and devote substantially more resources to Web site and systems development than the Company.

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Trademarks and Servicemarks

         B. Dalton Bookseller, Bookstar, Readers’ Advantage, Book$avers, GameStop, Game Informer, Babbage’s and FuncoLand are Company-owned service marks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Barnes & Noble, Doubleday Book Shops and Scribner’s Bookstores are federally registered service marks which have been licensed to the Company under long-term license agreements which are royalty-free. These license agreements provide the Company with the exclusive right to use the Doubleday and Scribner’s service marks only in connection with the retail sale of books.

Seasonality

         The Company’s business, like that of many retailers, is seasonal, with the major portion of sales and operating profit realized during the quarter which includes the holiday selling season. The Company has now reported operating profit for 23 consecutive quarters.

Employees

         The Company’s bookstores cultivate a culture of outgoing, helpful and knowledgeable employees. GameStop’s stores cultivate a work environment that attracts knowledgeable employees who are actively interested in video games and entertainment software. As of February 2, 2002, the Company had approximately 37,000 full- and part-time booksellers. As of February 2, 2002, GameStop employed approximately 8,000 full- and part-time employees in its stores. The Company’s employees are not represented by unions and the Company believes that its relationship with its employees is excellent.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

         All but two of the Barnes & Noble stores are leased. The leases typically provide for an initial term of 10 or 15 years with one or more renewal options. The terms of the Barnes & Noble store leases for its 589 leased stores open as of February 2, 2002 expire as follows:

         
Lease Terms to Expire During   Number of
(12 months ending on or about January 31)   Stores

 
2003
    46  
2004
    37  
2005
    28  
2006
    21  
2007
    29  
2008 and later
    428  

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         All B. Dalton stores are leased. The leases generally provide for an initial 10 year term with no renewal option. The terms of the 305 B. Dalton leases as of February 2, 2002 expire as follows:

         
Lease Terms to Expire During   Number of
(12 months ending on or about January 31)   Stores

 
2003
    169  
2004
    40  
2005
    44  
2006
    17  
2007
    16  
2008 and later
    19  

         All GameStop stores are leased. The leases generally provide for an initial term of three to 10 years. The terms of the 1,038 GameStop leases as of February 2, 2002 expire as follows:

         
Lease Terms to Expire During   Number of
(12 months ending on or about January 31)   Stores

 
2003
    267  
2004
    226  
2005
    173  
2006
    103  
2007
    58  
2008 and later
    211  

         The Company generally has been able to renew expiring leases on favorable terms, and believes that renewals of leases expiring in the future will not have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or results of operations.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

         In August 1998, The Intimate Bookshop, Inc. and its owner, Wallace Kuralt, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Company, Borders, Amazon.com, Inc., certain publishers and others alleging violation of the Robinson-Patman Act and other federal law, New York statutes governing trade practices and common law. The complaint sought certification of a class consisting of all retail booksellers in the United States, whether or not currently in business, which were in business and were members of the ABA at any time during the four-year period preceding the filing of the complaint. The complaint alleged that the named plaintiffs have suffered damages of approximately $11,250,000 or more and requested treble damages on behalf of the named plaintiffs and each of the purported class members, as well as injunctive and declaratory relief (including an injunction requiring the closure of all of defendants’ stores within 10 miles of any location where plaintiff either has or had a retail bookstore during the four years preceding the filing of the complaint, and prohibiting the opening by defendants of any bookstore in such areas for the next 10 years), disgorgement of alleged discriminatory discounts, rebates, deductions and payments, punitive damages, interest, costs, attorneys fees and other relief. The plaintiffs subsequently amended their complaint to allege eight causes of action on behalf of The Intimate Bookshop and Wallace Kuralt, accusing the Company and the other defendants of: (1) violating Section 2(f) of the Robinson-Patman Act; (2) violating Section 2(c) of the Robinson-Patman Act; (3) violating Section 13(a) of the Clayton Act; (4)

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inducing every publisher in the United States to breach contracts with plaintiffs; (5) interfering with the plaintiff’s advantageous business relationships; (6) engaging in unfair competition; (7) violating Sections 349 and 350 of the New York General Business Law; and (8) being unjustly enriched. The class action allegations have been withdrawn and the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed defendants Harper Collins Publishers, Inc. and Amazon.com, Inc. from the case.

         On April 13, 1999, the Company and the other defendants filed a motion to dismiss the second through eighth causes of action in their entireties and for a more definite statement of the remaining allegations of the first cause of action. As a result, the plaintiffs’ third through eighth causes of action were dismissed with prejudice, as were all claims asserted by Wallace Kuralt in his individual capacity. Pursuant to the court’s order, plaintiff The Intimate Bookshop, Inc. filed a second amended complaint on March 13, 2000. The Company served an answer on April 5, 2000 denying the material allegations of the complaint and asserting various affirmative defenses. On January 11, 2002, the Company and the other defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. A hearing on that motion was held on March 22, 2002. The Company intends to continue to vigorously defend this action.

         In addition to the above actions, various claims and lawsuits arising in the normal course of business are pending against the Company. The subject matter of these proceedings primarily includes commercial disputes, personal injury claims and employment issues. The results of these proceedings are not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position or results of operations.

ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS

         There were no matters submitted to a vote of security holders during the 13 weeks ended February 2, 2002.

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PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

Price Range of Common Stock

         The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “BKS”. The following table sets forth, for the quarterly periods indicated, the high and low sales prices of the common stock on the NYSE Composite Tape.

                                 
    Fiscal 2001   Fiscal 2000
   
 
    High   Low   High   Low
   
 
 
 
First Quarter
  $ 33.61       23.40     $ 24.06       16.31  
Second Quarter
    41.20       30.40       23.88       16.44  
Third Quarter
    43.99       32.84       21.44       16.44  
Fourth Quarter
    38.40       23.30       29.94       17.38  

Approximate Number of Holders of Common Equity

         
    Approximate
    Number of
    Record Holders
    as of
Title of Class   March 29, 2002

 
Common stock, $0.001 par value
    1,986  

Dividends

         The terms of the Company’s revolving credit agreement limit payment of cash dividends. During fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2000, the Company did not declare or pay any cash dividends or make distributions or payments on its common stock.

ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

         The information included in the Company’s Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2002 (the Annual Report) under the section entitled “Selected Financial Data” is incorporated herein by reference.

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

         The information included in the Annual Report under the section entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

         The information included in the Annual Report under the sections entitled: “Consolidated Statements of Operations,” “Consolidated Balance Sheets,” “Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity,” “Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows” and “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” are incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

         None.

PART III

ITEM 10. DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT

         The information with respect to directors and executive officers of the Company is incorporated herein by reference to the Company’s definitive Proxy Statement relating to the Company’s 2002 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days of the Company’s fiscal year ended February 2, 2002 (the Proxy Statement).

         The information with respect to compliance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy Statement.

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

         The information with respect to executive compensation is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy Statement.

         The information with respect to compensation of directors is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy Statement.

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

         The information with respect to security ownership of certain beneficial owners and management is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy Statement.

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ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

         The information with respect to certain relationships and related transactions is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy Statement.

PART IV

ITEM 14. EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES, AND REPORTS ON FORM 8-K

         (a)  1. Consolidated Financial Statements:

     
(i)   “The Report of Independent Certified Public Accountants” included in the Annual Report is incorporated herein by reference.
(ii)   The information included in the Annual Report under the sections entitled: “Consolidated Statements of Operations,” “Consolidated Balance Sheets,” “Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity,” “Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows” and “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” are incorporated herein by reference.

         (b)  There were no reports filed on Form 8-K during the Company’s quarter ended February 2, 2002.

                  2. Schedules:

                           Valuation and Qualifying Accounts.

                  3. Exhibits:

                           The following are filed as Exhibits to this form:

     
Exhibit
No.
  Description

 
3.1   Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, as amended. (1)
3.2   Amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company filed May 30, 1996. (2)
3.3   Amended and Restated By-laws of the Company. (1)
3.4   Amendment to the Company’s By-laws adopted May 31, 1995. (3)
3.5   Certificate of Designation of Preferences and Rights of Preferred Stock, Series H of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (4)
3.6   Certificate of Amendment of The Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Barnes & Noble, Inc., dated July 17, 1998 and filed July 17, 1998. (4)
4.1   Specimen Common Stock certificate. (1)

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Exhibit
No.
  Description

 
4.2   Rights Agreement, dated as of July 10, 1998, between Barnes & Noble, Inc. and The Bank of New York, as Rights Agent. (4)
10.1   Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of November 18, 1997 (the “Credit Agreement”), among the Company, its subsidiaries, The Chase Manhattan Bank (National Association), as Administrative Agent (the “Agent”) and the Banks party thereto. (5)
10.2   Amendment No. 2, dated as of October 21, 1999, to the Credit Agreement. (10)
10.3   Pledge and Security Agreement dated as of March 15, 1996 (the “Pledge Agreement”), among the Company, its subsidiaries and the Agent. (6)
10.4   Amendment to the Pledge and Security Agreement dated as of November 18, 1997. (5)
10.5   Second Amendment dated as of October 27, 1999 to the Pledge Agreement. (10)
10.6   Third Amendment dated as of July 2, 2000 to the Pledge Agreement. (13)
10.7   1996 Incentive Plan, as amended. (9)
10.8   Supplemental Compensation Plan. (7)
10.9   License Agreement for “Barnes & Noble” service mark, dated as of February 11, 1987. (1)
10.10   Consents to “Barnes & Noble” License Agreement Assignments, dated as of November 18, 1988 and November 16, 1992, respectively. (6)
10.11   Employment Agreement between the Company and Mitchell S. Klipper, dated as of February 18, 2002. (16)
10.12   Employment Agreement between the Company and Stephen Riggio, dated as of January 1, 2000. (10)
10.13   Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of barnesandnoble.com llc (the “LLC Agreement”) among Barnes & Noble, Inc., B&N.com Holding Corp., Bertelsmann AG and BOL.US Online, Inc. (8)
10.14   Amendment No. 1 to the LLC Agreement. (10)
10.15   Supply Agreement, dated as of October 31, 1998, between Barnes & Noble, Inc. and barnesandnoble.com llc. (9)
10.16   Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of May 4, 2000, by and among Funco, Inc., Barnes & Noble, Inc. and B&N Acquisition Corporation. (11)

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Exhibit
No.
  Description

 
10.17   Indenture, dated as of March 14, 2001, between Barnes & Noble, Inc. and United States Trust Company of New York, as Trustee. (13)
10.18   Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of March 8, 2001, between Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. (13)
13.1   The sections of the Company’s Annual Report entitled: “Selected Financial Data”, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, “Consolidated Statements of Operations”, “Consolidated Balance Sheets”, “Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity”, “Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows”, “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” and “The Report of Independent Certified Public Accountants”. (16)
21.1   List of subsidiaries. (16)
23.1   Consent of BDO Seidman, LLP. (16)
23.2   Report of BDO Seidman, LLP. (16)

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(1)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-4 (Commission File No. 33-59778) and incorporated herein by reference.
(2)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 27, 1996.
(3)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 29, 1995.
(4)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 1, 1998.
(5)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 1998.
(6)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 27, 1996.
(7)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 29, 1995.
(8)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 1998.
(9)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 1999.
(10)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2000.
(11)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 10, 2000.
(12)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 28, 2000.
(13)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 22, 2001.
(14)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 5, 2001.
(15)   Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2001.
(16)   Filed herewith.

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SIGNATURES

         Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

BARNES & NOBLE, INC.



(Registrant)

By: /s/Mitchell S. Klipper



Mitchell S. Klipper,
Chief Operating Officer
May 1, 2002

         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

         
Name   Title   Date

 
 
/s/ Leonard Riggio

Leonard Riggio
  Chairman of the Board   May 1, 2002
 
/s/ Stephen Riggio

Stephen Riggio
  Vice Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer (principal executive
officer)
  May 1, 2002
 
/s/Maureen O’Connell

Maureen O’Connell
  Chief Financial Officer (principal
financial and accounting officer)
  May 1, 2002
 
/s/ Michael N. Rosen

Michael N. Rosen
  Secretary and Director   May 1, 2002
 
/s/ Matthew A. Berdon

Matthew A. Berdon
  Director   May 1, 2002
 
/s/ Michael J. Del Giudice

Michael J. Del Giudice
  Director   May 1, 2002
 
/s/ William Dillard II

William Dillard II
  Director   May 1, 2002
 
/s/ Irene R. Miller

Irene R. Miller
  Director   May 1, 2002
 
/s/ Margaret T. Monaco

Margaret T. Monaco
  Director   May 1, 2002
 
/s/ William Sheluck, Jr.

William Sheluck, Jr.
  Director   May 1, 2002

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Schedule

Valuation and Qualifying Accounts
As of February 2, 2002, February 3, 2001 and January 29, 2000

                                 
            Additions Charged                
    Balance at   to Costs and           Balance at End
    Beginning of Period   Expenses   Write-offs   of Period
   
 
 
 
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts at February 2, 2002
  $ 1,716,169     $ 1,252,390     $ 592,244     $ 2,376,315  
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts at February 3, 2001
  $ 1,388,956     $ 1,178,683     $ 851,470     $ 1,716,169  
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts at January 29, 2000
  $ 1,165,291     $ 652,157     $ 428,492     $ 1,388,956  
EX-10.11: EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
 

Exhibit 10.11

BARNES & NOBLE, INC.

122 Fifth Avenue

New York, New York 10011

  As of February 18, 2002

Mr. Mitchell S. Klipper
3 Clearmeadow Lane
Woodbury, New York 11797

Dear Mr. Klipper:

         This letter agreement is intended to set forth our mutual understanding regarding your employment as Chief Operating Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (the “Company”). Accordingly, we are pleased to agree as follows:

         1.   Employment; Duties.   You agree to be Chief Operating Officer of the Company for the term of this Agreement. In this capacity you shall perform such duties and have such responsibilities as are typically associated with the office of Chief Operating Officer, including such duties and responsibilities as are prescribed by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) consistent with the office of Chief Operating Officer. While you are the Company’s employee, you agree to devote your full business time and attention to the performance of your duties and responsibilities hereunder.

         2.   Term.   (a)   Unless terminated earlier in accordance with the provisions set forth below, the term of this Agreement will be for a period beginning on the date hereof and ending on the third anniversary of the date hereof. At the expiration (but not earlier termination) of the term (including any renewal term), the term of this Agreement shall automatically renew for an additional period of one year, unless either party has given the other party written notice of non-renewal at least one year prior to such renewal.

                  (b)   This Agreement shall terminate upon your death and may be terminated by the Company by written notice to you following your Disability (as defined below). This Agreement may also be terminated by the Company for Cause (as defined below) upon written notice to you. This Agreement may also be terminated by you for Good Cause (as defined below) upon written notice to the Company.

                  (c)   For purposes of this Agreement:

           (i)   “Cause” shall mean (A) your final conviction of a felony impacting on the performance of your duties or involving a crime of moral turpitude, or (B) misappropriation or embezzlement in the performance of your duties as an employee of the Company, or (C) willfully engaging in conduct materially injurious to the Company and in violation of your obligations under this Agreement, which violation

 


 

  continues for at least 30 days after written notice thereof from the Company to you specifying such violation in reasonable detail.

           (ii)   “Disability” shall mean a written determination by a physician mutually agreeable to the Company and you (or, in the event of your total physical or mental disability, your legal representative) that you are physically or mentally unable to perform your duties of Chief Operating Officer under this Agreement and that such disability can reasonably be expected to continue for a period of six consecutive months or for shorter periods aggregating 180 days in any 12-month period.

         3.   Compensation.

                  3.1.   Salary.   The Company will pay you, for all services you perform hereunder, an annual salary of $600,000, or such higher amount as the Compensation Committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”) may determine, payable in accordance with the Company’s payroll schedule applicable to executive officers of the Company.

                  3.2.   Bonus Compensation.   In addition to your above-mentioned salary, we will pay you, within 90 days following the end of each fiscal year of the Company during the term of your employment, annual bonus compensation in an amount determined in accordance with the Company’s Supplemental Compensation Plan. We agree that for the entire term hereof, you shall be entitled to participate in that plan.

                  3.3.   Employee Benefits.   During the term of your employment, you will participate in and receive any benefits to which you are entitled under employee benefit plans which the Company provides for all employees, as well as all benefits which the Company provides, or may at any time in the future provide, for its executive officers.

                  3.4.   Expenses; Car Allowance.   During the term of your employment, we will: (a) pay you a car allowance per month of $1,500, or such higher amount as may be determined by the Compensation Committee; and (b) reimburse you for all expenses incurred by you in the performance of your duties and responsibilities under this Agreement, including, without limitation, entertainment and travel expenses, in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Compensation Committee.

                  3.5.   Life and Disability Insurance.   In addition to the foregoing, we will obtain in your name a life insurance policy providing for a death benefit of $1,000,000 payable to any beneficiary or beneficiaries named by you, and a disability insurance policy providing for monthly payments to you of at least $12,800 during the period of any disability until the earlier of your attaining age 65 or death. During the term of your employment, we will pay all premiums due on such policies.

                  3.6.   Severance.   In the event of the expiration or termination of the term of your employment (other than for Cause, your death or Disability, or your voluntary termination of your employment, whether through resignation, non-renewal or otherwise), we will pay you a lump sum, within 30 days following such expiration or termination, equal to (a) the sum of (i) your then annual salary, (ii) your annual bonus for the then most recently completed fiscal year of the Company, and (iii) the then aggregate annual dollar amount of the

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payments made or to be made by the Company for purposes of providing you with the benefits set forth in paragraphs 3.3 through 3.5 above, multiplied by (b) the greater of (i) two or (ii) the number of months remaining in the term of this Agreement divided by 12. You shall be under no duty to mitigate damages and the amount paid to you under this paragraph 3.6 shall not be diminished in any way by your earnings or income from any other sources.

                  3.7.   Stock Options.   Effective as of the date hereof, you shall be granted stock options to purchase 275,000 shares of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $29.50 per share. Between the date hereof and the earliest date hereafter that the stockholders of the Company adopt a new stock option plan or increase the number of shares issuable under options granted under any of the Company’s existing stock option plans (the “New Plan Date”), you may be granted additional stock options to purchase shares of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of not more than $29.50 per share. Effective as of the New Plan Date, you shall be granted stock options to purchase that number of shares of common stock of the Company which, when added to all other grants to you under this Section 3.7, equals 800,000 shares, at an exercise price of not more than $29.50 per share unless you otherwise agree; provided, however, that the maximum number of shares for which you will be granted options to purchase in any calendar year shall not exceed 700,000, and any options which would otherwise have been granted to you but for such limitation shall be granted to you in the next calendar year. All options granted to you under this Section 3.7 shall expire on the earlier of (a) the tenth anniversary of the date hereof and (b) one year after the expiration or earlier termination (other than for Cause) of the term of your employment, unless otherwise extended by the Compensation Committee. Such options shall vest and be exercisable in equal one-fourth increments on the first through fourth anniversaries of the date hereof, respectively. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all such options shall vest and be immediately exercisable in full upon a Change of Control (as defined below) or upon the earlier expiration or termination of this Agreement (unless such earlier termination is for Cause or results from your voluntary termination of your employment).

                  3.8.   Change of Control Payments.   (a)   If at any time during the term of this Agreement there is a Change of Control and (i) your employment is terminated by the Company for any reason (other than for Cause) or (ii) you voluntarily terminate your employment for Good Cause, in either case within the greater of two years following the Change of Control or the remaining term of this Agreement, the Company shall pay to you the following amount: (A) the sum of (x) your then annual salary, (y) your then most recent annual bonus, and (z) the then aggregate annual dollar amount of the payments made or to be made by the Company for purposes of providing you with the benefits set forth in paragraphs 3.3 through 3.6 above, multiplied by (B) the greater of (x) three or (y) the number of months remaining in the term of this Agreement divided by 12; provided that the maximum amount payable pursuant to this Section 3.8 shall be the maximum amount payable to the Executive without triggering an excise tax under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor provision thereto. The amount due under this Section 3.8 shall be paid to you in one lump sum within 30 days after the date your employment terminates. Subject to the Section 280G limitation referred to above, to the extent that you are not fully vested in any retirement benefits from any pension, profit-sharing or other retirement plan or program maintained by the Company, the Company shall pay directly to you the difference between the amounts which would have been paid to you had you been fully vested on the date that your employment

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terminates and the amounts actually paid or payable to you pursuant to such plans or programs. The amounts payable to you under this Section 3.8 shall be in lieu of any amounts payable to you under Section 3.6 above.

                  (b)   As used herein, “Change of Control” shall mean the occurrence of one or more of the following events:

           (i)   after the date hereof, any person, entity or “group” as identified in Sections 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “1934 Act”), other than you or any of your affiliates or Leonard Riggio or any of his heirs or affiliates, becomes a beneficial owner (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the 1934 Act) directly or indirectly of securities representing 40% or more of the total number of votes that may be cast for the election of directors of the Company; or

           (ii)   within two years after a merger, consolidation, liquidation or sale of assets involving the Company, or a contested election of a Company director, or any combination of the foregoing, the individuals who were directors of the Company immediately prior thereto shall cease to constitute a majority of the Board; or

           (iii)   within two years after a tender offer or exchange offer for voting securities of the Company, the individuals who were directors of the Company immediately prior thereto shall cease to constitute a majority of the Board.

                  (c)   As used herein, “Good Cause” shall mean the occurrence of one or more of the following events within two years after a Change of Control:

           (i)   there shall have been a material modification of your duties, title or direct reports;

           (ii)   there shall have been a material reduction in the compensation and benefits you receive from the Company; or

           (iii)   the principal executive offices of the Company shall be relocated to a location outside of the New York City metropolitan area.

         4.   Non-Competition.

                  4.1.   Covenant.   You agree that so long as you are employed by the Company and for a period of two years thereafter, you will not directly or indirectly, either as principal, agent, stockholder, employee or in any other capacity, engage in or have a financial interest in any business that is competitive with the businesses operated by the Company or any of its subsidiaries. The foregoing provision shall cease to apply after: (i) you voluntary terminate your employment for Good Cause within two years following a Change of Control; or (ii) your employment terminates involuntarily, other than for Cause prior to a Change of Control.

                  4.2.   Ownership of Other Securities.   Nothing in paragraph 4.1 shall be construed as denying you the right to own securities of any corporation listed on a national

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securities exchange or quoted in the NASDAQ System to the extent of an aggregate of 5% of the outstanding shares of such securities.

                  4.3.   Reasonableness.   You acknowledge that the foregoing limitations are reasonable and properly required by the Company and that in the event that any such limitations are found to be unreasonable by a court of competent jurisdiction, you will submit to the reduction of such limitations as the court shall find reasonable.

                  4.4.   Severability.   If any of the restrictions in paragraph 4.1 should for any reason whatsoever be declared invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the validity or enforceability of the remainder of this Agreement will not be adversely affected thereby.

                  4.5.   Equitable Relief.   You acknowledge that your services to the Company are of a unique character which give them a special value to the Company. You further recognize that any violation of the restrictions in paragraph 4.1 may give rise to losses or damages for which the Company cannot be reasonably or adequately compensated in an action at law and that such violation may result in irreparable and continuing harm to the Company. Accordingly, you agree that, in addition to any other remedy which the Company may have at law or in equity, the Company shall be entitled to injunctive relief to restrain any violation by you of the restrictions in paragraph 4.1.

         5.   Indemnification.   You shall be indemnified by the Company, as an officer and director of the Company and its affiliates, against all actions, suits, claims, legal proceedings and the like to the fullest extent permitted by law, including advancement of expenses, partial indemnification, indemnification following the termination of this Agreement, indemnification of your estate and similar matters.

         6.   Miscellaneous.

                  6.1.   Entire Agreement.   This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and the Company with respect to the terms and conditions of your employment by the Company and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings and arrangements, oral or written, between you and the Company with respect to the subject matter hereof.

                  6.2.   Binding Effect; Benefits.   This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and shall be binding upon you and the Company and our respective heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns.

                  6.3.   Amendments and Waivers.   This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by an instrument or instruments in writing signed by the party against whom enforcement of any such modification or amendment is sought. Either party may, by an instrument in writing, waive compliance by the other party with any term or provision of this Agreement to be performed or complied with by such other party.

                  6.4.   Assignment.   Neither this Agreement nor any rights or obligations which either party may have by reason of this Agreement shall be assignable by either party without the prior written consent of the other party.

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                  6.5.   Litigation Expenses.   The Company will pay any actual expenses for reasonable attorneys’ fees and disbursements incurred by you, or your personal representative, in seeking to obtain or enforce any right or benefit under this Agreement, if you or your representative is the prevailing party.

                  6.6.   No Mitigation.   In the event of termination of this Agreement by you as a result of the breach by the Company of any of its obligations hereunder, or in the event of the termination of your employment by the Company in breach of this Agreement, you shall not be required to seek other employment in order to mitigate damages hereunder.

                  6.7.   Notices.   Any notice which may or must be given under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be personally delivered or sent by certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, or reputable overnight courier, addressed to you or the Company, as the case may be, at the address set forth on the first page hereof, or to such other address as you or the Company, as the case may be, may designate in writing in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph.

                  6.8.   Section and Other Headings.   The section and other headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and are not deemed to be a part of this Agreement or to affect the meaning and interpretation of this Agreement.

                  6.9.   Governing Law.   This Agreement shall be construed (both as to validity and performance) and enforced in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and to be performed wholly within the State of New York.

                  6.10.   Survival of Rights and Obligations.   All rights and obligations of you and the Company arising during the term of this Agreement shall continue to have full force and effect after the termination of this Agreement unless otherwise provided herein.

         If the foregoing accurately reflects our agreement, kindly sign and return to us the enclosed duplicate copy of this letter.

         
    Very truly yours,
    BARNES & NOBLE, INC.
         
    By:   /s/Maureen O’Connell
       
        Name:  Maureen O’Connell
Title:    Chief Financial Officer
     
ACCEPTED AND AGREED TO:    
     
/s/Mitchell S. Klipper
Mitchell S. Klipper
   

6 EX-13.1: SECTIONS OF THE COMPANY'S ANNUAL REPORT

 

Exhibit 13.1
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

         The selected consolidated financial data of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the Company) set forth on the following pages should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes included elsewhere in this report. The Company’s fiscal year is comprised of 52 or 53 weeks, ending on the Saturday closest to the last day of January. The Statement of Operations Data for the 52 weeks ended February 2, 2002 (fiscal 2001), 53 weeks ended February 3, 2001 (fiscal 2000) and the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2000 (fiscal 1999) and the Balance Sheet Data as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 are derived from, and are qualified by reference to, audited consolidated financial statements which are included elsewhere in this report. The Statement of Operations Data for the 52 weeks ended January 30, 1999 (fiscal 1998) and the 52 weeks ended January 31, 1998 (fiscal 1997) and the Balance Sheet Data as of January 29, 2000, January 30, 1999 and January 31, 1998 are derived from audited consolidated financial statements not included in this report. Certain prior-period amounts have been reclassified for comparative purposes.

                                               
Fiscal Year   2001   2000(1)(2)   1999(3)   1998   1997
(Thousands of dollars, except per share data)  
 
 
 
 
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA:
                                       
Sales
                                       
   
Barnes & Noble stores(4)
  $ 3,359,464       3,169,591       2,821,549       2,515,352       2,245,531  
   
B. Dalton stores(5)
    310,303       372,230       426,018       468,414       509,389  
   
Barnes & Noble.com
                            14,601  
   
Other
    79,225       76,419       14,728       21,842       27,331  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
     
Total bookstore sales
    3,748,992       3,618,240       3,262,295       3,005,608       2,796,852  
   
GameStop stores(6)
    1,121,398       757,564       223,748              
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
     
Total sales
    4,870,390       4,375,804       3,486,043       3,005,608       2,796,852  
Cost of sales and occupancy
    3,560,038       3,169,724       2,483,729       2,142,717       2,019,291  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Gross profit
    1,310,352       1,206,080       1,002,314       862,891       777,561  
Selling and administrative expenses
    904,280       812,992       651,099       580,609       542,336  
Legal settlement expense(7)
    4,500                          
Depreciation and amortization
    147,826       144,760       112,304       88,345       76,951  
Pre-opening expenses
    7,959       7,669       6,801       8,795       12,918  
Impairment charge(8)
          106,833                    
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Operating profit
    245,787       133,826       232,110       185,142       145,356  
Interest expense, net and amortization of deferred financing fees(9)
    (36,334 )     (53,541 )     (23,765 )     (24,412 )     (37,666 )
Equity in net loss of Barnes & Noble.com(10)
    (88,378 )     (103,936 )     (42,047 )     (71,334 )      
Gain on formation of Barnes & Noble.com(11)
                25,000       63,759        
Other income (expense)(12)
    (11,730 )     (9,346 )     27,337       3,414       1,913  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Earnings (loss) before provision for income taxes, extraordinary charge and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    109,345       (32,997 )     218,635       156,569       109,603  
Provision for income taxes
    45,378       18,969       89,637       64,193       44,935  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Earnings (loss) before extraordinary charge and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    63,967       (51,966 )     128,998       92,376       64,668  
Extraordinary charge(13)
                            (11,499 )
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
                (4,500 )            
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 63,967       (51,966 )     124,498       92,376       53,169  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Earnings (loss) per common share
                                       
   
Basic
                                       
     
Earnings (loss) before extraordinary charge and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
  $ 0.96       (0.81 )     1.87       1.35       0.96  
     
Extraordinary charge
  $                         (0.17 )
     
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
  $             (0.07 )            
     
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 0.96       (0.81 )     1.80       1.35       0.79  

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Fiscal Year   2001   2000(1)(2)   1999(3)   1998   1997
(Thousands of dollars, except per share data)  
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted
                                       
     
Earnings (loss) before extraordinary charge and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
  $ 0.94       (0.81 )     1.81       1.29       0.93  
     
Extraordinary charge
  $                         (0.17 )
     
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
  $             (0.06 )            
     
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 0.94       (0.81 )     1.75       1.29       0.76  
Weighted average common shares outstanding
   
Basic
    66,393,000       64,341,000       69,005,000       68,435,000       67,237,000  
   
Diluted
    77,839,000       64,341,000       71,354,000       71,677,000       69,836,000  
 
                                       
OTHER OPERATING DATA:
                                       
Number of stores
                                       
   
Barnes & Noble stores(4)
    591       569       542       520       483  
   
B. Dalton stores(5)
    305       339       400       489       528  
   
GameStop stores(6)
    1,038       978       526              
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
     
Total
    1,934       1,886       1,468       1,009       1,011  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Comparable store sales increase (decrease)(14)
                                       
   
Barnes & Noble stores(4)
    2.7 %     4.9 %     6.1 %     5.0 %     9.4 %
   
B. Dalton stores(5)
    (3.7 )     (1.7 )     0.1       (1.4 )     (1.1 )
   
GameStop stores(6)
    32.0       (6.7 )     12.5              
 
                                       
Capital expenditures
  $ 168,833       134,292       146,294       141,378       121,903  
 
                                       
BALANCE SHEET DATA:
                                       
Working capital
  $ 450,766       520,178       318,668       315,989       264,719  
Total assets
  $ 2,623,220       2,557,476       2,413,791       1,807,597       1,591,171  
Long-term debt
  $ 449,000       666,900       431,600       249,100       284,800  
Shareholders’ equity
  $ 888,110       777,677       846,360       678,789       531,755  

(1)   Fiscal 2000 includes the results of operations of Funco, Inc. from June 14, 2000, the date of acquisition.
(2)   In fiscal 2000, the Company acquired a controlling interest in Calendar Club L.L.C. (Calendar Club). The Company’s consolidated statement of operations includes the results of operations of Calendar Club. Prior to fiscal 2000, the Company included its equity in the results of operations of Calendar Club as a component of other income (expense).
(3)   Fiscal 1999 includes the results of operations of Babbage’s Etc. LLC from October 28, 1999, the date of acquisition.
(4)   Also includes Bookstop and Bookstar stores.

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(5)   Also includes Doubleday Book Shops, Scribner’s Bookstores and smaller format bookstores operated under the Barnes & Noble trade name representing the Company’s original retail strategy.
(6)   Also includes FuncoLand stores, Software Etc. stores and Babbage’s stores.
(7)   Represents legal and settlement costs associated with the lawsuit brought by the American Booksellers Association.
(8)   Represents a non-cash charge to operating earnings to adjust the carrying value of certain assets, primarily goodwill relating to the purchase of B. Dalton and other mall-bookstore assets.
(9)   Interest expense for fiscal 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 and 1997 is net of interest income of $1,319, $939, $1,449, $976 and $446, respectively.
(10)   On November 12, 1998, the Company and Bertelsmann AG (Bertelsmann) completed the formation of a limited liability company to operate the online retail bookselling operations of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, barnesandnoble.com inc., which had begun operations in fiscal 1997. As a result of the formation of barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com), the Company began accounting for its interest in Barnes & Noble.com under the equity method of accounting as of the beginning of fiscal 1998. Fiscal 1998 reflects a 100 percent equity interest in Barnes & Noble.com for the first three quarters ended October 31, 1998 (also the effective date of the limited liability company agreement), and a 50 percent equity interest beginning on November 1, 1998 through the end of the fiscal year. As a result of the initial public offering (IPO) for the Barnes & Noble.com business on May 25, 1999, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 40 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Accordingly, the Company’s share in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com for fiscal 1999 was based on a 50 percent equity interest from the beginning of fiscal 1999 through May 25, 1999 and 40 percent through the end of the fiscal year. In November 2000, Barnes & Noble.com acquired Fatbrain.com, Inc. (Fatbrain), the third largest online bookseller. Barnes & Noble.com issued shares of its common stock to Fatbrain shareholders. As a result of this merger, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained an approximate 36 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Accordingly, the Company’s share in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com was 40 percent from the beginning of fiscal 2000 through November 2000 and approximately 36 percent thereafter.
(11)   As a result of the formation of the limited liability company, the Company recognized a pre-tax gain during fiscal 1998 in the amount of $126,435, of which $63,759 has been recognized in

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    earnings based on the $75,000 received directly from Bertelsmann and $62,676 ($36,351 after taxes) has been reflected in additional paid-in capital based on the Company’s share of the incremental equity of the joint venture resulting from the $150,000 Bertelsmann contribution. As a result of the Barnes & Noble.com IPO, the Company recorded an increase in additional paid-in capital of $200,272 ($116,158 after taxes) representing the Company’s incremental share in the equity in Barnes & Noble.com. In addition, the Company recognized a pre-tax gain of $25,000 in fiscal 1999 as a result of cash received in connection with the joint venture agreement with Bertelsmann.
(12)   Included in other expense for fiscal 2001 is $3,985 in equity losses in iUniverse.com, $2,500 in equity losses in BOOK® magazine and $5,581 in equity losses in enews, inc. Included in other expense in fiscal 2000 are losses of $9,730 from the Company’s equity investments. Included in other income in fiscal 1999 are pre-tax gains of $22,356 and $10,975 recognized in connection with the Company’s investments in Gemstar International Ltd. (formerly NuvoMedia Inc.) and Indigo Books & Music Inc. (formerly Chapters Inc.), respectively, as well as a one-time charge of $5,000 attributable to the termination of the Ingram Book Group acquisition and losses from equity investments of $994.
(13)   Reflects a net extraordinary charge during fiscal 1997 due to the early extinguishment of debt, consisting of: (i) a pre-tax charge of $11,281 associated with the redemption premium on the Company’s senior subordinated notes; (ii) the associated write-off of $8,209 of unamortized deferred finance costs; and (iii) the related tax benefits of $7,991 on the extraordinary charge.
(14)   Comparable store sales increase (decrease) is calculated on a 52-week basis, and includes sales of stores that have been open for 15 months for Barnes & Noble stores (due to the high sales volume associated with grand openings) and 12 months for B. Dalton stores. Comparable store sales increase (decrease) for the GameStop stores are calculated on a 52-week basis, and include sales of stores that have been open for 12 months.

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF
OPERATIONS

         The Company’s fiscal year is comprised of 52 or 53 weeks, ending on the Saturday closest to the last day of January. As used in this section, “fiscal 2001” represents the 52 weeks ended February 2, 2002, “fiscal 2000” represents the 53 weeks ended February 3, 2001 and “fiscal 1999” represents the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2000.

General

         Barnes & Noble, Inc. (Barnes & Noble or the Company), the nation’s largest bookseller1, as of February 2, 2002 operates 896 bookstores and 1,038 video-game and entertainment-software stores. Of the 896 bookstores, 591 operate under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bookstop and Bookstar trade names (40 of which were opened in fiscal 2001) and 305 operate under the B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops and Scribner’s Bookstore trade names. Through its approximate 36 percent interest in barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com), the Company is one of the largest sellers of books on the Internet. The Company, through its acquisitions of Babbage’s Etc. LLC (Babbage’s Etc.) and Funco, Inc. (now known as GameStop, Inc.), is the nation’s largest video-game and PC-entertainment software specialty retailer, operating 1,038 video-game and entertainment-software stores under the GameStop, Babbage’s, Software Etc. and FuncoLand trade names, a Web site, gamestop.com, and Game Informer, one of the largest multi-platform video-game magazines, with circulation of over 415,000 subscribers. The Company employed approximately 45,000 full- and part-time employees as of February 2, 2002.

         Barnes & Noble is the nation’s largest operator of bookstores1 with 591 Barnes & Noble bookstores located in 49 states and the District of Columbia as of February 2, 2002. With more than 35 years of bookselling experience, management has a strong sense of customers’ changing needs and the Company leads book retailing with a “community store” concept. Barnes & Noble’s typical bookstore offers a comprehensive title base, a café, a children’s section, a music department, a magazine section and a calendar of ongoing events, including author appearances and children’s activities, that make each Barnes & Noble bookstore an active part of its community.

         Barnes & Noble bookstores range in size from 10,000 to 60,000 square feet depending upon market size, and each store features an authoritative selection of books, ranging from 60,000 to 200,000 titles. The comprehensive title selection is diverse and reflects local interests. In addition, Barnes & Noble emphasizes books published by small and independent publishers and university presses. Bestsellers represent only three percent of Barnes & Noble bookstore sales. Complementing this extensive on-site selection, all Barnes & Noble bookstores provide customers with access to the millions of books available to online shoppers while offering an option to have the book sent to the store or shipped directly to the customer. All Barnes & Noble bookstores are equipped with the BookMaster in-store operating system, which enhances the Company’s merchandise-replenishment system, resulting in higher in-stock positions and better productivity at the store level through efficiencies in receiving, cashiering and returns processing.

         During fiscal 2001, the Company added 0.8 million square feet to the Barnes & Noble bookstore base, bringing the total square footage to 14.2 million square feet, a six percent increase over the prior year. Barnes & Noble bookstores contributed approximately 90 percent of the Company’s total bookstore sales in fiscal 2001. The Company plans to open between 40 and 45 Barnes & Noble bookstores in fiscal 2002, which are expected to average 26,000 square feet in size.


1   Based upon sales reported in trade publications and public filings.

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         At the end of fiscal 2001, the Company operated 305 B. Dalton bookstores in 45 states and the District of Columbia. B. Dalton bookstores employ merchandising strategies that target the “Middle American” consumer book market, offering a wide range of bestsellers and general-interest titles. Most B. Dalton bookstores range in size from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet, and while they are appropriate to the size of adjacent mall tenants, the opening of superstores in nearby locations continues to have a significant adverse impact on B. Dalton bookstores.

         The Company is continuing to execute a strategy to maximize returns from its B. Dalton bookstores in response to declining sales attributable primarily to superstore competition. Part of the Company’s strategy has been to close underperforming stores, which has resulted in the closing of between 35 and 90 B. Dalton bookstores per year since 1989.

         In 1998, the Company and Bertelsmann AG (Bertelsmann) completed the formation of a limited liability company to operate the online retail bookselling operations of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, barnesandnoble.com inc. The new entity, barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com), was formed by combining the online bookselling operations of the Company with funds contributed by the international media company Bertelsmann, one of the largest integrated media companies in the world. In 1999, Barnes & Noble.com Inc. completed an initial public offering (IPO) of 28.75 million shares of Class A Common Stock and used the proceeds to purchase a 20 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. As a result, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 40 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com from the date of the IPO through November 2000. In November 2000, Barnes & Noble.com acquired Fatbrain.com, Inc. (Fatbrain), the third largest online bookseller. Barnes & Noble.com issued shares of its common stock to Fatbrain shareholders. As a result of this merger, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained an approximate 36 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Accordingly, the Company’s share in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com was 40 percent from the beginning of fiscal 2000 through November 2000 and approximately 36 percent thereafter.

         Barnes & Noble.com is a leading online retailer of knowledge, information, education and entertainment-related products. Since opening its online store in March 1997, Barnes & Noble.com has attracted more than 11.2 million customers in 228 countries. In addition to books, the Barnes & Noble.com Web site, www.bn.com, sells music, DVD/video and magazine subscriptions. Barnes & Noble.com’s online bookstore includes the largest-in-stock selection of in-print book titles with access to one million titles for immediate delivery and supplemented by more than 20 million listings from its nationwide network of out-of-print, rare and used book dealers. Barnes & Noble.com offers its customers fast delivery, easy and secure ordering and rich editorial content.

         According to Jupiter Media Metrix, in January 2002, Barnes & Noble.com’s Web site was the fifth-most-trafficked shopping site and was among the top 50 largest Web properties on the Internet. Co-marketing agreements with major Web portals such as AOL, Yahoo! and MSN as well as content sites have extended Barnes & Noble.com’s brand and increased consumer exposure to its site. Barnes & Noble.com has also established a network of remote storefronts across the Internet by creating direct links with more than 512,000 affiliate Web sites.

         Barnes & Noble further differentiates its product offerings from those of its competitors by publishing books under its own imprints for sale in its retail stores and through Barnes & Noble.com’s online book sales. With publishing and distribution rights to nearly 4,000 titles, Barnes & Noble Books offers customers high quality books at exceptional values, while generating attractive gross margins.

         As a result of its acquisitions of Babbage’s Etc. and Funco, Inc. in October 1999 and June 2000, respectively, the Company is the nation’s largest video-game and PC-entertainment software specialty retailer. The Company owns and operates 1,038 video-game and entertainment-software stores located in

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49 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. The Company’s video-game and entertainment-software stores range in size from 500 to 5,000 square feet (averaging 1,500 square feet) depending upon market demographics. Stores feature video-game hardware and software, PC-entertainment software and a multitude of accessories. The Company operates stores under the GameStop, Babbage’s, Software Etc. and FuncoLand trade names, a Web site, gamestop.com and Game Informer magazine (collectively, GameStop or Video Game & Entertainment Software).

Critical Accounting Policies

         Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations discusses the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements require management to make estimates and assumptions in certain circumstances that affect amounts reported in the accompanying consolidated financial statements and related footnotes. In preparing these financial statements, management has made its best estimates and judgments of certain amounts included in the financial statements, giving due consideration to materiality. The Company does not believe there is a great likelihood that materially different amounts would be reported related to the accounting policies described below. However, application of these accounting policies involves the exercise of judgment and use of assumptions as to future uncertainties and, as a result, actual results could differ from these estimates.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

         The Company’s long-lived assets include property and equipment and intangibles (primarily goodwill). At February 2, 2002, the Company had $595.8 million of property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and $352.9 million of goodwill, net of amortization, accounting for approximately 36.2% of the Company’s total assets. The Company periodically reviews its long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying amounts may not be recoverable or their depreciation or amortization periods should be accelerated. The Company assesses recoverability based on several factors, including management’s intention with respect to its stores and those stores’ projected undiscounted cash flows. An impairment loss is recognized for the amount by which the carrying amount of the assets exceeds the present value of their projected cash flows. For a further discussion, see Newly Issued Accounting Pronouncements.

         During fiscal 2000, the Company recorded a non-cash charge to operating earnings of $106.8 million. This charge included approximately $69.9 million of goodwill and $32.4 million of property, plant and equipment related to the book business, primarily goodwill associated with the purchase of B. Dalton and other mall-bookstore assets.

Marketable Equity Securities

         All marketable equity securities are classified as available-for-sale. The Company carries these investments at fair value, based on quoted market prices, with unrealized gains and losses (net of taxes) included in accumulated other comprehensive earnings, which is reflected as a separate component of shareholders’ equity. Realized gains and losses are recognized in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations when securities are sold or impairment is considered other than temporary. The Company reviews its equity holdings on a regular basis to evaluate whether or not each security has experienced an

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other-than-temporary decline in fair value. The Company has reviewed each of the companies’ financial position, results of operations, stock price performance and various analyst research reports and believes that the declines in fair value of its equity holdings are temporary.

Closed Store Expenses

         Upon a formal decision to close or relocate a store, the Company charges unrecoverable costs to expense. Such costs include the net book value of abandoned fixtures and leasehold improvements and a provision for future lease obligations, net of expected sublease recoveries. Costs associated with store closings of $9.8 million, $5.0 million and $5.4 million during fiscal 2001, fiscal 2000 and fiscal 1999, respectively, are included in selling and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

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Results of Operations

         The Company’s sales, operating profit, comparable store sales, store openings, store closings, number of stores open and square feet of selling space at year end are set forth below:

                           
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999
(Thousands of dollars)  
 
 
Sales
                       
Bookstores(1)
  $ 3,748,992       3,618,240       3,262,295  
Video Game & Entertainment Software stores
    1,121,398       757,564       223,748  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
  $ 4,870,390       4,375,804       3,486,043  
 
   
     
     
 
Operating Profit
                       
Bookstores(1)(2)
  $ 211,700       127,812       216,678  
Video Game & Entertainment Software stores
    34,087       6,014       15,432  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
  $ 245,787       133,826       232,110  
 
   
     
     
 
Comparable Store Sales Increase (Decrease)(3)
                       
Barnes & Noble stores
    2.7 %     4.9 %     6.1 %
B. Dalton stores
    (3.7 )     (1.7 )     0.1  
GameStop stores
    32.0       (6.7 )     12.5  
Stores Opened
                       
Barnes & Noble stores
    40       32       38  
B. Dalton stores
    1              
GameStop stores
    74       65        
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
    115       97       38  
 
   
     
     
 
Stores Closed
                       
Barnes & Noble stores
    18       5       16  
B. Dalton stores
    35       61       89  
GameStop stores
    14       17        
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
    67       83       105  
 
   
     
     
 
Number of Stores Open at Year End
                       
Barnes & Noble stores
    591       569       542  
B. Dalton stores
    305       339       400  
GameStop stores(4)
    1,038       978       526  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
    1,934       1,886       1,468  
 
   
     
     
 
Square Feet of Selling Space at Year End (in millions)
                       
Barnes & Noble stores
    14.2       13.4       12.7  
B. Dalton stores
    1.2       1.4       1.6  
GameStop stores
    1.6       1.5       0.8  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
    17.0       16.3       15.1  
 
   
     
     
 


(1)   In fiscal 2000, the Company acquired a controlling interest in Calendar Club L.L.C. (Calendar Club) by increasing its percentage

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    ownership interest to approximately 74 percent. Accordingly, the Company has consolidated the results of operations of Calendar Club. Included in fiscal 2001 are sales and operating profits associated with Calendar Club of $68,157 and $3,009, respectively. Included in fiscal 2000 are sales and operating profits of $66,301 and $1,395, respectively. Prior to fiscal 2000, the Company’s consolidated statement of operations included its equity in the results of operations of Calendar Club as a component of other income (expense). The Company’s equity in the net earnings of Calendar Club for fiscal 1999 was $1,228.
(2)   Fiscal 2001 operating profit is net of legal and settlement expenses of $4,500. Fiscal 2000 operating profit is net of a non-cash impairment charge of $106,833.
(3)   Comparable store sales for Barnes & Noble stores are determined using stores open at least 15 months, due to the high sales volume associated with grand openings. Comparable store sales for B. Dalton stores are determined using stores open at least 12 months. Comparable store sales for the GameStop stores include sales of stores that have been open for 12 months.
(4)   Includes FuncoLand stores acquired in June 2000.

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The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the percentage relationship that certain items bear to total sales of the Company:

                           
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
Sales
    100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %
Cost of sales and occupancy
    73.1       72.4       71.2  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Gross margin
    26.9       27.6       28.8  
Selling and administrative expenses
    18.6       18.6       18.7  
Legal settlement expense
    0.1              
Depreciation and amortization
    3.0       3.3       3.2  
Pre-opening expenses
    0.2       0.2       0.2  
Impairment charge
          2.4        
 
   
     
     
 
 
Operating margin
    5.0       3.1       6.7  
Interest expense, net and amortization of deferred financing fees
    (0.8 )     (1.2 )     (0.7 )
Equity in net loss of Barnes & Noble.com
    (1.8 )     (2.4 )     (1.2 )
Gain on formation of Barnes & Noble.com
                0.7  
Other income (expense)
    (0.2 )     (0.2 )     0.8  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Earnings (loss) before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    2.2       (0.7 )     6.3  
Provision for income taxes
    0.9       0.4       2.6  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Earnings (loss) before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    1.3       (1.1 )     3.7  
 
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
                (0.1 )
 
   
     
     
 
Net earnings (loss)
    1.3 %     (1.1 )%     3.6 %
 
   
     
     
 

52 Weeks Ended February 2, 2002 Compared with 53 Weeks Ended
February 3, 2001

Sales

         The Company’s sales increased $494.6 million or 11.3% during fiscal 2001 to $4.870 billion from $4.376 billion during fiscal 2000. Contributing to this improvement was an increase of $363.8 million from Video Game & Entertainment Software store sales. Fiscal 2001 sales from Barnes & Noble bookstores, which contributed 69.0% of total sales or 89.6% of total bookstore sales, increased 6.0% to $3.359 billion from $3.170 billion in fiscal 2000.

         The increase in bookstore sales was primarily attributable to the 2.7% growth in Barnes & Noble comparable store sales and sales from the 40 new Barnes & Noble stores opened during fiscal 2001. This increase was partially offset by declining sales of B. Dalton, due to 35 store closings and a comparable store sales decline of (3.7%) in fiscal 2001.

         GameStop sales during fiscal 2001 increased to $1.121 billion from $757.6 million during fiscal 2000. This increase in sales was primarily attributable to the 32.0% growth in the GameStop comparable store sales and sales from the 74 new GameStop stores opened during fiscal 2001. This increase was also

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attributable to the inclusion of a full year of Funco, Inc. sales in fiscal 2001 compared with sales for approximately one-half of fiscal 2000.

Cost of Sales and Occupancy

         The Company’s cost of sales and occupancy includes costs such as rental expense, common area maintenance, merchant association dues and lease-required advertising.

         Cost of sales and occupancy increased $390.3 million, or 12.3%, to $3.560 billion in fiscal 2001 from $3.170 billion in fiscal 2000, primarily due to growth in the Video Game & Entertainment Software segment. The Company’s gross margin rate decreased to 26.9% in fiscal 2001 from 27.6% in fiscal 2000. This decrease was primarily attributable to the lower gross margins in the Video Game & Entertainment Software segment and slightly lower gross margins in the bookstore segment due to discounts related to the Readers’ Advantage™ program.

Selling and Administrative Expenses

         Selling and administrative expenses increased $91.3 million, or 11.2%, to $904.3 million in fiscal 2001 from $813.0 million in fiscal 2000, primarily due to growth in the Video Game & Entertainment Software segment and the increase in bookstore expenses from the opening of 40 Barnes & Noble stores in fiscal 2001. Selling and administrative expenses remained unchanged at 18.6% of sales during fiscal 2001 and 2000.

Legal Settlement Expense

         In fiscal 2001, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $4.5 million in connection with a lawsuit brought by the American Booksellers Association and 26 independent bookstores. The charges included a settlement of $2.4 million to be paid to plaintiffs and approximately $2.1 million in legal expenses incurred by the Company during the first quarter.

Depreciation and Amortization

         Depreciation and amortization increased $3.1 million, or 2.1%, to $147.8 million in fiscal 2001 from $144.8 million in fiscal 2000. The increase was primarily the result of the increase in depreciation and amortization in the Video Game & Entertainment Software segment offset by the reduction in depreciable assets in our mall bookstores due to the impairment charge recorded in fiscal 2000.

Pre-Opening Expenses

         Pre-opening expenses increased in fiscal 2001 to $8.0 million from $7.7 million in fiscal 2000. Due to management’s expense control efforts, pre-opening expenses increased only slightly while opening 40 Barnes & Noble stores and 74 new GameStop stores in fiscal 2001, compared with 32 new Barnes & Noble stores and 65 new GameStop stores during fiscal 2000.

Operating Profit

         Operating profit increased to $245.8 million in fiscal 2001 from $133.8 million in fiscal 2000. Operating profit increased $9.6 million to $250.3 million, before the effect of the $4.5 million legal

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settlement expense during fiscal 2001, from $240.7 million, before the effect of the $106.8 million impairment charge during fiscal 2000. Bookstore operating profit decreased 7.9% to $216.2 million, before the effect of the $4.5 million legal settlement expense, from $234.6 million, before the effect of the $106.8 million impairment charge, primarily attributable to lower comparable store sales and lower gross margins due to discounts related to the Readers’ Advantage™ program. Bookstore operating margin decreased to 5.8% of sales during fiscal 2001, before the effect of the legal settlement expense, from 6.5% of sales during fiscal 2000, before the effect of the impairment charge.

Interest Expense, Net and Amortization of Deferred Financing Fees

         Interest expense, net of interest income, and amortization of deferred financing fees, decreased $17.2 million to $36.3 million in fiscal 2001 from $53.5 million in fiscal 2000. The decrease was primarily the result of reduced borrowings due to effective working capital management and lower interest rates on the Company’s outstanding debt, partially through the issuance of the Company’s convertible subordinated notes sold in March 2001.

Equity in Net Loss of Barnes & Noble.com

         In November 2000, Barnes & Noble.com acquired Fatbrain.com, Inc. (Fatbrain), the third largest online bookseller. Barnes & Noble.com issued shares of its common stock to Fatbrain shareholders. As a result of this merger, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained an approximate 36 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Accordingly, the Company’s share in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com is based on an approximate 40 percent equity interest from the beginning of fiscal 2000 through November 2000 and approximately 36 percent thereafter. The Company’s equity in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com for fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2000 was $88.4 million and $103.9 million, respectively.

Other Expense

         Other expense of $11.7 million in fiscal 2001 was due to $4.0 million in equity losses in iUniverse.com, $2.5 million in equity losses in BOOK® magazine and $5.5 million in equity losses in enews, inc., partially offset by a one-time gain of $0.3 million from the partial sale of Indigo Books & Music Inc. (formerly Chapters Inc.). Other expense of $9.3 million in fiscal 2000 was primarily due to the equity losses of iUniverse.com, partially offset by a one-time gain of $0.3 million from the partial sale of iUniverse.com.

Provision for Income Taxes

         Barnes & Noble’s effective tax rate in fiscal 2001 decreased to 41.5 percent compared with (57.5) percent during fiscal 2000. The fiscal 2001 decrease was primarily related to the goodwill write-down associated with the impairment charge, which provided no tax benefit in fiscal 2000.

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Earnings (Loss)

         As a result of the factors discussed above, the Company reported consolidated net earnings of $64.0 million (or $0.94 per share) during fiscal 2001 compared with a net loss of ($52.0) million (or ($0.81) per share) during fiscal 2000. Components of diluted earnings per share are as follows:

                   
Fiscal Year   2001   2000
     
 
Retail Earnings Per Share
               
 
Bookstores
  $ 1.59       1.85  
 
Video Game & Entertainment Software Stores
    0.11       (0.16 )
 
   
     
 
Retail EPS
  $ 1.70       1.69  
EPS Impact of Investing Activities
               
 
Share in net losses of Barnes & Noble.com
  $ (0.66 )     (0.98 )
 
Share of net losses from other investments (including Calendar Club)
    (0.07 )     (0.08 )
 
   
     
 
Total Investing Activities
  $ (0.73 )     (1.06 )
Other Adjustments
               
 
Legal settlement expense
  $ (0.03 )      
 
Impairment charge
          (1.44 )
 
   
     
 
Total Other Adjustments
  $ (0.03 )     (1.44 )
 
   
     
 
Consolidated EPS
  $ 0.94       (0.81 )
 
   
     
 

53 Weeks Ended February 3, 2001 Compared with 52 Weeks Ended
January 29, 2000

Sales

         The Company’s sales increased $889.8 million or 25.5% during fiscal 2000 to $4.376 billion from $3.486 billion during fiscal 1999. Contributing to this improvement was an increase of $533.8 million attributable to the inclusion of sales from Babbage’s Etc. and Funco, Inc. (Video Game & Entertainment Software or GameStop). Through its acquisitions of Babbage’s Etc. in October 1999 and Funco, Inc. in June 2000 (the Acquisitions), the Company has become the nation’s largest video-game and PC-entertainment software specialty retailer. Fiscal 2000 sales from Barnes & Noble bookstores, which contributed 72.4% of total sales or 87.6% of total bookstore sales, increased 12.3% to $3.170 billion from $2.822 billion in fiscal 1999.

         The increase in bookstore sales was primarily attributable to the 4.9% growth in Barnes & Noble comparable store sales and the opening of 32 Barnes & Noble stores during fiscal 2000. This increase was partially offset by declining sales of B. Dalton, due to 61 store closings and a comparable store sales decline of (1.7%) in fiscal 2000.

         GameStop sales during fiscal 2000 increased to $757.6 million from $223.7 million during fiscal 1999. This increase in sales was attributable to the inclusion of a full year of Babbage’s Etc.’s sales in fiscal 2000 compared with sales for the fourth quarter only in fiscal 1999, as well as the inclusion of Funco, Inc. sales for approximately one-half of fiscal 2000. Comparable store sales as if Babbage’s Etc.

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and Funco, Inc. had been included for the entire 52-week period decreased 6.7%.

Cost of Sales and Occupancy

         The Company’s cost of sales and occupancy includes costs such as rental expense, common area maintenance, merchant association dues and lease-required advertising.

         Cost of sales and occupancy increased to $3.170 billion in fiscal 2000 from $2.484 billion in fiscal 1999 primarily due to the increase in Video Game & Entertainment Software’s cost of sales and occupancy as a result of the Acquisitions. The Company’s gross margin rate decreased to 27.6% in fiscal 2000 from 28.8% in fiscal 1999. This decrease was primarily attributable to lower gross margins in the Video Game & Entertainment Software stores, partially offset by improved leverage on occupancy costs as well as a favorable product mix in the bookstores.

Selling and Administrative Expenses

         Selling and administrative expenses increased $161.9 million, or 24.9%, to $813.0 million in fiscal 2000 from $651.1 million in fiscal 1999 primarily due to the increase in Video Game & Entertainment Software’s selling and administrative expenses as a result of the Acquisitions. Selling and administrative expenses decreased slightly to 18.6% of sales during fiscal 2000 from 18.7% during fiscal 1999.

Depreciation and Amortization

         Depreciation and amortization increased $32.5 million, or 28.9%, to $144.8 million in fiscal 2000 from $112.3 million in fiscal 1999. The increase was primarily the result of the increase in GameStop’s depreciation and amortization as a result of the Acquisitions, as well as depreciation related to the Barnes & Noble stores opened during fiscal 2000 and fiscal 1999.

Pre-Opening Expenses

         Pre-opening expenses increased in fiscal 2000 to $7.7 million from $6.8 million in fiscal 1999. This increase was the result of additional labor used to facilitate the rollout of the new Barnes & Noble bookstores as well as the opening of 65 new GameStop stores.

Impairment Charge

         During fiscal 2000, the Company recorded a non-cash charge to operating earnings of $106.8 million ($92.4 million after taxes or $1.44 per share). This charge included approximately $69.9 million of goodwill and $32.4 million of property, plant and equipment related to the book business, primarily goodwill associated with the purchase of B. Dalton, other mall-bookstore assets and $6.2 million of warehouse equipment. The Company’s mall-based bookstores have experienced significant declines in sales and profitability as a result of increased competition from book superstores and Internet book retailers. In fiscal 2000, B. Dalton comparable store sales declined (1.7%) compared with an increase in comparable store sales of 0.1% in fiscal 1999. As a result, the anticipated future cash flows from certain stores were no longer sufficient to recover the carrying value of the underlying assets. Also, included in this charge were other charges of $4.5 million related to the write-off of certain investments which had continuing adverse financial results.

Operating Profit

         Operating profit decreased to $133.8 million in fiscal 2000 from $232.1 million in fiscal 1999.

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Operating profit, before the effect of the $106.8 million impairment charge, increased $8.5 million to $240.7 million during fiscal 2000. Bookstore operating profit, before the effect of the $106.8 million impairment charge, increased 8.3% to $234.6 million. Bookstore operating margin, before the effect of the impairment charge, decreased slightly to 6.5% of sales during fiscal 2000 from 6.6% of sales in fiscal 1999 as a result of the inclusion of Calendar Club operating results.

Interest Expense, Net and Amortization of Deferred Financing Fees

         Interest expense, net of interest income, and amortization of deferred financing fees, increased $29.7 million to $53.5 million in fiscal 2000 from $23.8 million in fiscal 1999. This increase was primarily the result of the increased borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility used to support the Company’s Acquisitions and the common stock repurchase program.

         Equity in Net Loss of Barnes & Noble.com

         As a result of the Barnes & Noble.com Inc. IPO on May 25, 1999, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 40 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Accordingly, the Company’s share in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com for fiscal 1999 was based on a 50 percent equity interest from the beginning of fiscal 1999 through May 25, 1999 and 40 percent through the end of 1999. The Company’s equity in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com for fiscal 1999 was $42.0 million. In November 2000, Barnes & Noble.com acquired Fatbrain.com, Inc. (Fatbrain), the third largest online bookseller. Barnes & Noble.com issued shares of its common stock to Fatbrain shareholders. As a result of this merger, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained an approximate 36 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Accordingly, the Company’s share in the net losses of Barnes & Noble.com for fiscal 2000 was based on an approximate 40 percent equity interest from the beginning of fiscal 2000 through November 2000 and approximately 36 percent thereafter. The Company’s equity in the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com for fiscal 2000 was $103.9 million.

         Gain on Formation of Barnes & Noble.com

         Under the terms of the November 12, 1998 joint venture agreement between the Company and Bertelsmann, the Company received a $25.0 million payment from Bertelsmann in fiscal 1999 in connection with the Barnes & Noble.com Inc. IPO.

Other Income (Expense)

         Other expense of ($9.3) million in fiscal 2000 was primarily due to the equity losses of iUniverse.com. Other income of $27.4 million in fiscal 1999 was primarily attributable to a one-time gain of $11.0 million on the partial sale of Indigo Books & Music Inc., a one-time gain of $22.4 million in connection with the sale of its investment in NuvoMedia Inc. (NuvoMedia) to Gemstar International Ltd., partially offset by a one-time charge of ($5.0) million attributable to the termination of the planned Ingram Book Group (Ingram) acquisition.

Provision for Income Taxes

         Barnes & Noble’s effective tax rate in fiscal 2000 increased to (57.5) percent compared with 41.0 percent during fiscal 1999. The fiscal 2000 increase was primarily related to the goodwill write-down associated with the impairment charge, which provided no tax benefit.

Earnings (Loss)

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         As a result of the factors discussed above, the Company reported a consolidated net loss of ($52.0) million (or ($0.81) per share) in fiscal 2000. The Company’s earnings, before the effect of the impairment charge, were $40.5 million during fiscal 2000 compared with $124.5 million during fiscal 1999. Components of earnings per share are as follows:

                   
Fiscal Year   2000   1999
     
 
Retail Earnings Per Share
               
 
Bookstores
  $ 1.85       1.62  
 
Video Game & Entertainment Software Stores
    (0.16 )     0.10  
 
   
     
 
Retail EPS
  $ 1.69       1.72  
EPS Impact of Investing Activities
               
 
Cash:
               
 
Gain on Barnes & Noble.com
  $       0.21  
 
Gain on partial sale of Indigo Books & Music Inc.
          0.09  
 
Non-cash:
               
 
Share in net losses of Barnes & Noble.com
    (0.98 )     (0.35 )
 
Share of net losses from other equity investments
    (0.08 )     (0.01 )
 
Gain on sale of investment in NuvoMedia
          0.19  
 
   
     
 
Total Investing Activities
  $ (1.06 )     0.13  
Other Adjustments
               
 
Impairment charge
  $ (1.44 )      
 
Ingram write-off
          (0.04 )
 
Change in accounting for pre-opening costs
          (0.06 )
 
   
     
 
Total Other Adjustments
  $ (1.44 )     (0.10 )
 
   
     
 
Consolidated EPS
  $ (0.81 )     1.75  
 
   
     
 

Seasonality

         The Company’s business, like that of many retailers, is seasonal, with the major portion of sales and operating profit realized during the quarter which includes the holiday selling season. The Company has now reported operating profit for 23 consecutive quarters.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

         Working capital requirements are generally at their highest during the Company’s fiscal quarter ending on or about January 31 due to the higher payments to vendors for holiday season merchandise purchases and the replenishment of merchandise inventories following this period of increased sales. In addition, the Company’s sales and merchandise inventory levels will fluctuate from quarter to quarter as a result of the number and timing of new store openings, as well as the amount and timing of sales contributed by new stores.

         Cash flows from operating activities, funds available under its revolving credit facility and vendor financing continue to provide the Company with liquidity and capital resources for store expansion, seasonal working capital requirements and capital investments.

         Cash Flow

         Cash flows provided from operating activities were $457.4 million, $80.5 million and $187.3 million during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. In fiscal 2001, the increase in cash flows from

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operating activities was primarily attributable to increased accounts payable leverage and improvement in net earnings. In fiscal 2000, the decrease in cash flows from operating activities was primarily attributable to a weaker-than-expected holiday season which resulted in lower net earnings and an increase in standing inventory as well as an increase in prepaid rent due to the fiscal year-end date. In fiscal 1999, the improvement in cash flows was primarily due to the improvement in net earnings.

         Retail earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased $10.8 million or 2.8% to $392.2 million in fiscal 2001 from $381.4 million in fiscal 2000. This improvement in EBITDA is due to the growth in the Video Game & Entertainment Software segment and the continuing maturation of the Barnes & Noble stores offset by the lower gross margins in the bookstore segment due to the increased spending by Readers’ Advantage™ members. Total debt to retail EBITDA improved to 1.14 times in fiscal 2001 from 1.75 times in fiscal 2000 primarily due to increased cash flows from operations that reduced debt incurred to fund the Company’s Acquisitions. The weighted-average age per square foot of the Company’s 591 Barnes & Noble stores was 5.3 years as of February 2, 2002 and is expected to increase to approximately 5.8 years by February 1, 2003. As the relatively young Barnes & Noble stores mature, and as the number of new stores opened during the fiscal year decreases as a percentage of the existing store base, the increasing operating profits of Barnes & Noble stores are expected to generate a greater portion of cash flows required for working capital, including new store inventories, capital expenditures and other initiatives. Additionally, due to the Barnes & Noble.com Inc. IPO in fiscal 1999, retail cash flows are fully available to support the Company’s working capital requirements.

         Capital Structure

         Strong cash flows from operations and a continued emphasis on working capital management strengthened the Company’s balance sheet in fiscal 2001. Shareholders’ equity increased 14.2% to $888.1 million as of February 2, 2002, from $777.7 million as of February 3, 2001.

         The Company has an $850.0 million senior credit facility (the Facility), obtained in November 1997, with a syndicate led by The Chase Manhattan Bank. The Facility is structured as a five-year revolving credit. The Facility permits borrowings at various interest-rate options based on the prime rate or London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) depending upon certain financial tests. In addition, the agreement requires the Company to pay a commitment fee up to 0.25 percent of the unused portion depending upon certain financial tests. The Facility contains covenants, limitations and events of default typical of credit facilities of this size and nature.

         The amount outstanding under the Facility has been classified as long-term debt in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets due to both the Company’s intent and ability to maintain principal amounts.

         In fiscal 2000, the Company obtained an additional $100.0 million senior unsecured seasonal credit facility (seasonal credit facility) with a syndicate of banks led by The Chase Manhattan Bank. The seasonal credit facility, which matured on January 31, 2001, permitted for borrowings at an interest rate based on LIBOR. In addition, the agreement required the Company to pay a commitment fee of 0.375 percent of the unused portion. The seasonal credit facility was guaranteed by all restricted subsidiaries of Barnes & Noble.

         In fiscal 2001, the Company issued $300.0 million, 5.25 percent convertible subordinated notes due March 15, 2009, further strengthening its balance sheet. The notes are convertible into the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $32.512 per share.

         Borrowings under the Company’s senior and seasonal credit facilities averaged $689.3 million,

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$697.8 million and $397.1 million and peaked at $870.0 million, $918.7 million and $693.5 million during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The ratio of debt to equity improved significantly to 0.51:1.00 as of February 2, 2002 from 0.86:1.00 as of February 3, 2001, primarily due to decreased borrowings under the Company’s senior credit facility.

         Interest rate swap agreements are valued based on market quotes obtained from dealers. The estimated fair value of the interest rate swaps liability was $2.3 million and $0.5 million at February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively. The interest rate swaps are included as a component of other long-term liabilities.

         Capital Investment

         Capital expenditures totaled $168.8 million, $134.3 million and $146.3 million during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. Capital expenditures in fiscal 2002, primarily for the opening of between 40 and 45 new Barnes & Noble stores and 175 GameStop stores, are expected to be between $170 million and $190 million, although commitment to such expenditures has not yet been made.

         Based on current operating levels and the store expansion planned for the next fiscal year, management believes cash flows generated from operating activities, short-term vendor financing and borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility will be sufficient to meet the Company’s working capital and debt service requirements, and support the development of its short- and long-term strategies for at least the next 12 months.

         In fiscal 1999, the Board of Directors authorized a common stock repurchase program for the purchase of up to $250.0 million of the Company’s common shares. As of February 3, 2001, the Company has repurchased 5,504,700 shares at a cost of approximately $117.4 million under this program. The repurchased shares are held in treasury.

Barnes & Noble.com

         On November 12, 1998, the Company and Bertelsmann completed the formation of a joint venture to operate the online retail bookselling operations of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Barnes & Noble.com Inc. The new entity, Barnes & Noble.com, was structured as a limited liability company. Under the terms of the relevant agreements, effective as of October 31, 1998, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 50 percent membership interest in Barnes & Noble.com. The Company contributed substantially all of the assets and liabilities of its online operations to the joint venture and Bertelsmann paid $75.0 million to the Company and made a $150.0 million cash contribution to the joint venture. Bertelsmann also agreed to contribute an additional $50.0 million to the joint venture for future working capital requirements. The Company recognized a pre-tax gain during fiscal 1998 in the amount of $126.4 million, of which $63.8 million was recognized in earnings based on the $75.0 million received directly and $62.7 million ($36.4 million after taxes) was reflected in additional paid-in capital based on the Company’s share of the incremental equity of the joint venture resulting from the $150.0 million Bertelsmann contribution.

         On May 25, 1999, Barnes & Noble.com Inc. completed an IPO of 28.75 million shares of Class A Common Stock and used the proceeds to purchase a 20 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. As a result, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 40 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. The Company recorded an increase in additional paid-in capital of $200.3 million ($116.2 million after taxes) representing the Company’s incremental share in the equity of Barnes & Noble.com.

         Under the terms of the November 12, 1998 joint venture agreement between the Company and Bertelsmann, the Company received a $25.0 million payment from Bertelsmann in connection with the

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IPO.

         The accompanying consolidated financial statements, in accordance with the equity method of accounting, reflect the Company’s investment in Barnes & Noble.com as a single line item in the consolidated balance sheets as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 and reflect the Company’s share of the net loss of Barnes & Noble.com as a single line item in the consolidated statements of operations for fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

         The Company believes that the transactions and agreements discussed below (including renewals of any existing agreements) between the Company and its affiliates are at least as favorable to the Company as could be obtained from unaffiliated parties. The Board of Directors and the Audit Committee must approve in advance any proposed transaction or agreement with affiliates and will utilize procedures in evaluating the terms and provisions of such proposed transaction or agreement as are appropriate in light of the fiduciary duties of directors under Delaware law.

         The Company leases space for its executive offices in properties in which Leonard Riggio, Chairman of the Board and principal stockholder of Barnes & Noble, has a minority interest. The space was rented at an aggregate annual rent including real estate taxes of approximately $4.0 million, $3.4 million and $2.9 million in fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. Rent per square foot is approximately $28, which is below market.

         The Company leases a 75,000-square-foot office/warehouse from a partnership in which Leonard Riggio has a 50 percent interest, pursuant to a lease expiring in 2023. Pursuant to such lease, the Company paid $0.5 million, $0.6 million and $0.6 million in fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively.

         The Company leases retail space in a building in which Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc. (B&N College), a company owned by Leonard Riggio, subleases space for its executive offices from the Company. Occupancy costs allocated by the Company to B&N College for this space totaled $0.7 million, $0.7 million and $0.7 million for fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The amount paid by B&N College to the Company approximates the cost per square foot paid by the Company to its unaffiliated third-party landlord.

         The Company subleases warehouse space from Barnes & Noble.com in Reno, Nevada. The Company paid Barnes & Noble.com $1.8 million and $1.4 million for such subleased space during fiscal 2001 and 2000, respectively. Additionally, in January 2001, the Company purchased $6.2 million of warehouse equipment (valued at original cost) from Barnes & Noble.com’s Reno warehouse. Barnes & Noble.com recently determined it could not effectively utilize the full capacity of the Reno, Nevada distribution center. As a result, Barnes & Noble.com’s Board of Directors approved the transfer of the Reno warehouse lease and the sale of inventory located in Reno to the Company. The Company purchased the inventory from Barnes & Noble.com at cost for approximately $10.0 million. In addition, the Company intends to spend approximately $2.0 million to refurbish the facility. The Company’s Board of Directors also approved the Company’s assumption of the lease, which expires in 2010, and the hiring of all of the employees at the Reno facility. The Company intends to use the Reno facility to facilitate distribution to its current and future West Coast stores. In connection with the transition, Barnes & Noble.com will pay rent for the Reno facility through December 31, 2002 of $1.6 million. The Reno lease assignment and the transfer the Reno facility to the Company is expected to be completed during the first half of fiscal 2002.

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         The Company subleases to Barnes & Noble.com approximately one-third of a 300,000-square-foot warehouse facility located in New Jersey. The Company has received from Barnes & Noble.com $0.5 million annually for such subleased space during each of the fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999. The amount paid by Barnes & Noble.com to the Company approximates the cost per square foot paid by the Company as a tenant pursuant to the lease of the space from an unaffiliated third party.

         The Company has entered into an agreement (the Supply Agreement) with Barnes & Noble.com whereby the Company charges Barnes & Noble.com the costs associated with such purchases plus incremental overhead incurred by the Company in connection with providing such inventory. The Supply Agreement is subject to certain termination provisions. Barnes & Noble.com purchased $119.3 million, $110.5 million and $74.7 million of merchandise from the Company during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively, and Barnes & Noble.com expects to source purchases through the Company in the future.

         The Company has entered into agreements whereby Barnes & Noble.com receives various services from the Company, including, among others, services for payroll processing, benefits administration, insurance (property and casualty, medical, dental and life), tax, traffic, fulfillment and telecommunications. In accordance with the terms of such agreements the Company has received, and expects to continue to receive, fees in an amount equal to the direct costs plus incremental expenses associated with providing such services. The Company received $5.5 million, $1.7 million and $2.0 million for such services during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively.

         The aggregate receivable from Barnes & Noble.com in connection with the agreements described above was $47.2 million and $18.0 million as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively.

         The Company and Barnes & Noble.com commenced a marketing program in November 2000, whereby a customer purchases a “Readers’ Advantage™ card” for an annual fee of $25.00. With this card, customers can receive discounts of 10 percent on all Company purchases and 5 percent on all Barnes & Noble.com purchases. The Company and Barnes & Noble.com have agreed to share the expenses, net of revenue from the sale of the cards, related to this program in proportion to the discounts customers receive on purchases with each company.

         Barnes & Noble.com, through its fulfillment centers, ships various customer orders for the Company to its retail stores as well as to the Company’s customers’ homes. Barnes & Noble.com charges the Company the costs associated with such shipments plus any incremental overhead incurred by Barnes & Noble.com to process these orders. The Company paid Barnes & Noble.com $1.0 million and $0.2 million for shipping and handling during fiscal 2001 and 2000, respectively. In addition, during fiscal 2001, the Company and Barnes & Noble.com reached an agreement whereby the Company pays a commission on all items ordered by customers at the Company’s stores and shipped directly to customers’ homes by Barnes & Noble.com. Commissions paid for these sales were $0.4 million during fiscal 2001.

         The Company paid B&N College certain operating costs B&N College incurred on the Company’s behalf. These charges are included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations and approximated $0.2 million, $0.3 million and $0.2 million for fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. B&N College purchased $41.5 million, $17.2 million and $16.1 million of merchandise from the Company during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The Company charged B&N College $1.5 million, $1.3 million and $1.0 million for fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively, for capital expenditures, business insurance and other operating costs incurred on its behalf.

         The Company uses a jet aircraft owned by B&N College and pays for the costs and expenses of operating the aircraft based upon the Company’s usage. Such costs which include fuel, insurance, personnel and other costs, approximated $2.2 million, $2.4 million and $2.2 million during fiscal 2001,

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2000 and 1999, respectively, and are included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

         In fiscal 1999, the Company acquired Babbage’s Etc., one of the nation’s largest video-game and entertainment-software specialty retailers, a company majority owned by Leonard Riggio, for $208.7 million. An independent Special Committee of the Board of Directors negotiated and approved the acquisition on behalf of the Company. The Company made an additional payment of $9.7 million in 2002 due to certain financial performance targets having been met during fiscal year 2001.

         The Company is provided with national freight distribution, including trucking, services by the LTA Group, Inc. (LTA), a company in which a brother of Leonard Riggio owns a 20 percent interest. The Company paid LTA $17.7 million, $16.7 million and $13.1 million for such services during fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The Company believes the cost of freight delivered to the stores compares favorably to the prices charged by publishers and other third-party freight distributors.

         Since 1993, the Company has used AEC One Stop Group, Inc. (AEC) as its primary music and video supplier and to provide a music and video database. AEC is one of the largest wholesale distributors of music and videos in the United States. In 1999, AEC’s parent corporation was acquired by an investor group in which Leonard Riggio was a minority investor. The Company paid AEC $168.1 million, $159.2 million and $126.2 million for merchandise purchased during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. Amounts payable to AEC for merchandise purchased were $51.1 million and $39.4 million as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively.

Newly Issued Accounting Pronouncements

         In June 2001, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued SFAS No. 141, “Business Combinations” and SFAS No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”. SFAS No. 141 requires the use of the purchase method of accounting and prohibits the use of the pooling-of-interests method of accounting for business combinations initiated after June 30, 2001. SFAS No. 141 also requires that the Company recognize acquired intangible assets apart from goodwill if the acquired intangible assets meet certain criteria. SFAS No. 141 applies to all business combinations initiated after June 30, 2001 and for purchase business combinations completed on or after July 1, 2001. It also requires that, upon adoption of SFAS No. 142, the Company reclassify the carrying amounts of intangible assets and goodwill based on the criteria in SFAS No. 141.

         SFAS No. 142 requires, among other things, that the Company no longer amortize goodwill, but instead test goodwill for impairment at least annually. In addition, SFAS No. 142 requires that the Company identify reporting units for the purposes of assessing potential future impairments of goodwill, reassess the useful lives of other existing recognized intangible assets, and cease amortization of intangible assets with an indefinite useful life. An intangible asset with an indefinite useful life should be tested for impairment in accordance with the guidance in SFAS No. 142.

         The Company will apply the new standards on accounting for goodwill and other intangible assets beginning in the first quarter of the Company’s fiscal year ending February 1, 2003, at which time the Company will cease to record amortization expense on its goodwill. The adoption of SFAS No. 142 will result in an approximate $12.3 million reduction of amortization expense in 2002. The Company expects to complete its analysis of any potential impairment of goodwill as a result of adopting this standard by the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2002.

         In August 2001, the FASB issued SFAS No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets”, that is applicable to financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2001. The FASB’s new rules on asset impairment supersede SFAS No. 121, “Accounting

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for the Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and for Long-Lived Assets to be Disposed Of”, and portions of Accounting Principles Bulletin Opinion 30, “Reporting the Results of Operations”. This new standard provides a single accounting model for long-lived assets to be disposed of and significantly changes the criteria that would have to be met to classify an asset as held-for-sale. Classification as held-for-sale is an important distinction since such assets are not depreciated and are stated at the lower of fair value and carrying amount. This new standard also requires expected future operating losses from discontinued operations to be displayed in the period(s) in which the losses are incurred, rather than as of the measurement date as presently required. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of this pronouncement to determine its effect, if any, on the Company’s financial position or operating results.

Recent Events

         On February 19, 2002, the Company successfully completed an initial public offering for its GameStop subsidiary, raising $250.0 million in cash for the Company and $98.0 million in net proceeds for GameStop. Barnes & Noble has retained an approximate 63 percent interest in GameStop.

         During the first quarter of 2002, the Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble.com approved the transfer of the Reno facility to the Company and the Board of Directors of the Company approved the Company’s assumption of the Reno lease, the purchase of inventory, and the hiring of all the Reno employees. The Reno lease assignment and the transfer of the operations of the Reno facility to the Company is expected to be completed during the first half of 2002.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

         This report may contain certain forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) and information relating to the Company that are based on the beliefs of the management of the Company as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the management of the Company. When used in this report, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or the management of the Company, identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks, including among others general economic and market conditions, decreased consumer demand for the Company’s products, possible disruptions in the Company’s computer or telephone systems, possible work stoppages or increases in labor costs, possible increases in shipping rates or interruptions in shipping service, effects of competition, possible disruptions or delays in the opening of new stores or the inability to obtain suitable sites for new stores, higher-than-anticipated store closing or relocation costs, higher interest rates, the performance of the Company’s online initiatives such as Barnes & Noble.com, the performance and successful integration of acquired businesses, the success of the Company’s strategic investments, unanticipated increases in merchandise or occupancy costs, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, and other factors which may be outside of the Company’s control. In addition, the video-game market has historically been cyclical in nature and dependent upon the introduction of new generation systems and related interactive software. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

                             
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999
(Thousands of dollars, except per share data)  
 
 

                       
Sales
  $ 4,870,390       4,375,804       3,486,043  
Cost of sales and occupancy
    3,560,038       3,169,724       2,483,729  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Gross profit
    1,310,352       1,206,080       1,002,314  
 
   
     
     
 
Selling and administrative expenses
    904,280       812,992       651,099  
Legal settlement expense
    4,500              
Depreciation and amortization
    147,826       144,760       112,304  
Pre-opening expenses
    7,959       7,669       6,801  
Impairment charge
          106,833        
 
   
     
     
 
 
Operating profit
    245,787       133,826       232,110  
Interest (net of interest income of $1,319, $939 and $1,449, respectively) and amortization of deferred financing fees
    (36,334 )     (53,541 )     (23,765 )
Equity in net loss of Barnes & Noble.com
    (88,378 )     (103,936 )     (42,047 )
Gain on formation of Barnes & Noble.com
                25,000  
Other income (expense)
    (11,730 )     (9,346 )     27,337  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Earnings (loss) before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    109,345       (32,997 )     218,635  
Provision for income taxes
    45,378       18,969       89,637  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Earnings (loss) before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    63,967       (51,966 )     128,998  
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net of tax benefit of $3,125
                (4,500 )
 
   
     
     
 
 
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 63,967       (51,966 )     124,498  
 
   
     
     
 
Earnings (loss) per common share
                       
 
Basic
                       
   
Earnings (loss) before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
  $ 0.96       (0.81 )     1.87  
   
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net of tax benefit
  $             (0.07 )
   
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 0.96       (0.81 )     1.80  
 
Diluted
                       
   
Earnings (loss) before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
  $ 0.94       (0.81 )     1.81  
   
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net of tax benefit
  $             (0.06 )
   
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 0.94       (0.81 )     1.75  
Weighted average common shares outstanding
                       
 
Basic
    66,393,000       64,341,000       69,005,000  
 
Diluted
    77,839,000       64,341,000       71,354,000  

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                     
(Thousands of dollars, except per share data)   February 2, 2002   February 3, 2001

 
 
Assets
               
Current assets:
               
 
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 108,218       26,003  
 
Receivables, net
    98,570       84,505  
 
Merchandise inventories
    1,285,005       1,238,618  
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    99,201       106,127  
 
   
     
 
   
Total current assets
    1,590,994       1,455,253  
 
   
     
 
Property and equipment:
               
 
Land and land improvements
    3,247       3,247  
 
Buildings and leasehold improvements
    468,954       436,289  
 
Fixtures and equipment
    798,505       682,444  
 
   
     
 
 
    1,270,706       1,121,980  
 
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    674,937       555,760  
 
   
     
 
   
Net property and equipment
    595,769       566,220  
 
   
     
 
Intangible assets, net
    352,897       359,192  
Investment in Barnes & Noble.com
    48,217       136,595  
Other noncurrent assets
    35,343       40,216  
 
   
     
 
   
Total assets
  $ 2,623,220       2,557,476  
 
   
     
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
               
 
Accounts payable
  $ 695,284       582,075  
 
Accrued liabilities
    444,944       353,000  
 
   
     
 
   
Total current liabilities
    1,140,228       935,075  
 
   
     
 
Long-term debt
    449,000       666,900  
Deferred income taxes
    36,178       74,289  
Other long-term liabilities
    109,704       103,535  
Shareholders’ equity:
               
 
Common stock; $.001 par value; 300,000,000 shares authorized; 72,713,069 and 70,549,176 shares issued, respectively
    73       71  
 
Additional paid-in capital
    728,015       673,122  
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (14,303 )     (5,874 )
 
Retained earnings
    291,702       227,735  
 
Treasury stock, at cost, 5,504,700 shares
    (117,377 )     (117,377 )
 
   
     
 
   
Total shareholders’ equity
    888,110       777,677  
 
   
     
 
Commitments and contingencies
           
 
   
     
 
   
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  $ 2,623,220       2,557,476  
 
   
     
 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

                                                     
                        Accumulated                        
                Additional   Other           Treasury        
                Paid-In   Comprehensive   Retained   Stock at        
(Thousands of dollars)   Common Stock   Capital   Loss   Earnings   Cost   Total

 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at January 30, 1999
  $ 69       523,517             155,203             678,789  
Comprehensive earnings:
                                               
 
Net earnings
                      124,498                
 
Other comprehensive loss:
                                               
   
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (net of deferred tax benefit of $839)
                (1,198 )                    
Total comprehensive earnings
                                            123,300  
Exercise of 794,728 common stock options, including tax benefits of $6,302
    1       14,909                         14,910  
Barnes & Noble.com Inc. IPO (net of deferred income taxes of $84,114)
          116,158                         116,158  
Treasury stock acquired, 4,025,900 shares
                            (86,797 )     (86,797 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balance at January 29, 2000
    70       654,584       (1,198 )     279,701       (86,797 )     846,360  
Comprehensive earnings:
                                               
 
Net loss
                      (51,966 )              
 
Other comprehensive loss:
                                               
   
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (net of deferred tax benefit of $3,317)
                (4,676 )                    
Total comprehensive loss
                                            (56,642 )
Exercise of 995,337 common stock options, including tax benefits of $4,727
    1       18,538                         18,539  
Treasury stock acquired, 1,478,800 shares
                            (30,580 )     (30,580 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balance at February 3, 2001
    71       673,122       (5,874 )     227,735       (117,377 )     777,677  
Comprehensive earnings:
                                               
 
Net earnings
                      63,967                
 
Other comprehensive loss:
                                               
   
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (net of deferred tax benefit of $5,044)
                (7,109 )                    
   
Unrealized loss on derivative instrument (net of deferred tax benefit of $936)
                (1,320 )                    
Total comprehensive earnings
                                            55,538  
Exercise of 2,163,893 common stock options, including tax benefits of $15,769
    2       54,893                         54,895  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balance at February 2, 2002
  $ 73       728,015       (14,303 )     291,702       (117,377 )     888,110  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                             
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999
(Thousands of dollars)  
 
 

                       
Cash flows from operating activities:
                       
 
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 63,967       (51,966 )     124,498  
 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash flows from operating activities:
                       
 
Depreciation and amortization (including amortization of deferred financing fees)
    150,118       146,317       112,693  
 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment
    4,019       3,313       5,636  
 
Deferred taxes
    (32,131 )     (54,098 )     9,877  
 
Impairment charge
          106,833        
 
Increase in other long-term liabilities for scheduled rent increases in long-term leases
    5,829       9,417       13,472  
 
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net of taxes
                4,500  
 
Other (income) expense, net
    11,730       9,346       (27,337 )
 
Gain on formation of Barnes & Noble.com
                (25,000 )
 
Equity in net loss of Barnes & Noble.com
    88,378       103,936       42,047  
 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net
    165,481       (192,566 )     (73,055 )
 
   
     
     
 
   
Net cash flows from operating activities
    457,391       80,532       187,331  
 
   
     
     
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
                       
 
Acquisition of consolidated subsidiaries, net of cash received
    (13,412 )     (157,817 )     (175,760 )
 
Purchases of property and equipment
    (168,833 )     (134,292 )     (146,294 )
 
Proceeds from the partial sale of investments
    6,072       2,962       21,558  
 
Proceeds from formation of Barnes & Noble.com
                25,000  
 
Purchase of investments
    (5,581 )     (12,802 )     (20,000 )
 
Net increase in other noncurrent assets
    (14,648 )     (86 )     (9,282 )
 
   
     
     
 
   
Net cash flows from investing activities
    (196,402 )     (302,035 )     (304,778 )
 
   
     
     
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
                       
 
Net increase (decrease) in revolving credit facility
    (517,900 )     235,300       182,500  
 
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
    300,000              
 
Proceeds from exercise of common stock options
    39,126       18,539       14,910  
 
Purchase of treasury stock through repurchase program
          (30,580 )     (86,797 )
 
   
     
     
 
   
Net cash flows from financing activities
    (178,774 )     223,259       110,613  
 
   
     
     
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    82,215       1,756       (6,834 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
    26,003       24,247       31,081  
 
   
     
     
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year
  $ 108,218       26,003       24,247  
 
   
     
     
 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net:
                       
 
Receivables, net
  $ (14,065 )     (29,004 )     3,795  
 
Merchandise inventories
    (46,387 )     (103,668 )     (69,059 )
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    6,926       (29,972 )     (8,543 )
 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    219,007       (29,922 )     752  
 
   
     
     
 
   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net
  $ 165,481       (192,566 )     (73,055 )
 
   
     
     
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
                       
 
Cash paid during the period for:
                       
   
Interest
  $ 29,867       49,007       24,911  
   
Income taxes
  $ 43,646       73,371       72,342  
Supplemental disclosure of subsidiaries acquired:
                       
 
Assets acquired
  $ 13,412       206,105       201,910  
 
Liabilities assumed
          48,288       26,150  
 
   
     
     
 
   
Cash paid
  $ 13,412       157,817       175,760  
 
   
     
     
 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Thousands of dollars, except per share data)

For the 52 weeks ended February 2, 2002 (fiscal 2001), 53 weeks ended February 3, 2001 (fiscal 2000) and 52 weeks ended January 29, 2000 (fiscal 1999).

1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Business

         Barnes & Noble, Inc. (Barnes & Noble), through its subsidiaries (collectively, the Company), is primarily engaged in the sale of books, video games and entertainment-software products. The Company employs two principal bookselling strategies: its superstore strategy through its wholly owned subsidiary Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc., under its Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bookstop and Bookstar trade names (hereafter collectively referred to as Barnes & Noble stores) and its mall strategy through its wholly owned subsidiaries B. Dalton Bookseller, Inc. and Doubleday Book Shops, Inc., under its B. Dalton stores, Doubleday Book Shops and Scribner’s Bookstore trade names (hereafter collectively referred to as B. Dalton stores). The Company is also engaged in the online retailing of books and other products through an approximate 36 percent interest in barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com), as more fully described in Note 8. The Company, through its acquisitions of Babbage’s Etc. LLC (Babbage’s Etc.) and Funco, Inc. (now known as GameStop, Inc.) operates video-game and entertainment-software stores under the GameStop, Babbage’s, Software Etc. and FuncoLand trade names, a Web site (gamestop.com) and Game Informer magazine (hereafter collectively referred to as GameStop stores). Additionally, the Company owns an approximate 74 percent interest in Calendar Club L.L.C. (Calendar Club), an operator of seasonal calendar kiosks.

Consolidation

         The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Barnes & Noble and its wholly and majority-owned subsidiaries. Investments in affiliates in which ownership interests range from 20 percent to 50 percent, principally Barnes & Noble.com, are accounted for under the equity method. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Use of Estimates

         In preparing financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles, the Company is required to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

         The Company considers all short-term, highly liquid instruments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents.

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Merchandise Inventories

         Merchandise inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined primarily by the retail inventory method on the first-in, first-out (FIFO) basis for 81 percent and 82 percent of the Company’s merchandise inventories as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively. Merchandise inventories of GameStop stores and Calendar Club represent 11 percent and 9 percent of merchandise inventories as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively and are recorded based on the average cost method. The remaining merchandise inventories are valued on the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method.

         If substantially all of the merchandise inventories currently valued at LIFO costs were valued at current costs, merchandise inventories would remain unchanged as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001.

Property and Equipment

         Property and equipment are carried at cost, less accumulated depreciation and amortization. For financial reporting purposes, depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over estimated useful lives. For tax purposes, different methods are used. Maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred, while betterments and major remodeling costs are capitalized. Leasehold improvements are capitalized and amortized over the shorter of their estimated useful lives or the terms of the respective leases. Capitalized lease acquisition costs are being amortized over the lease terms of the underlying leases. Costs incurred in purchasing management information systems are capitalized and included in property and equipment. These costs are amortized over their estimated useful lives from the date the systems become operational.

Intangible Assets and Amortization

         The costs in excess of net assets of businesses acquired are carried as intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization, in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The net intangible assets, consisting primarily of goodwill and trade names of $352,897 as of February 2, 2002 and $359,192 as of February 3, 2001, are amortized using the straight-line method over periods ranging from 30 to 40 years.

         On February 3, 2002, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets,” and as a result, the Company will cease to amortize the remaining goodwill. In lieu of amortization, the Company is required to perform an initial impairment review of its goodwill in the first six months of fiscal 2002 and an annual impairment review thereafter.

         Amortization of goodwill and trade names included in depreciation and amortization in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations is $12,682, $12,593 and $5,148 during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. Accumulated amortization at February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 was $74,974 and $62,292, respectively.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

         The Company periodically reviews property and equipment and intangibles (primarily goodwill) whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying amounts may not be recoverable or their depreciation or amortization periods should be accelerated. The Company assesses recoverability based on several factors, including management’s intention with respect to its stores and those stores’

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projected undiscounted cash flows. An impairment loss is recognized for the amount by which the carrying amount of the assets exceeds the present value of their projected cash flows.

Deferred Charges

         Costs incurred to obtain long-term financing are amortized over the terms of the respective debt agreements using the straight-line method, which approximates the interest method. Unamortized costs included in other noncurrent assets as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 were $10,436 and $1,286, respectively. Amortization expense included in interest and amortization of deferred financing fees is $2,292, $1,557 and $389 during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively.

Marketable Equity Securities

         All marketable equity securities included in other noncurrent assets are classified as available-for-sale under SFAS No. 115, “Accounting for Certain Investments in Debt and Equity Securities”. The Company carries these investments at fair value with unrealized gains and losses (net of taxes) included in accumulated other comprehensive earnings, which is reflected as a separate component of shareholders’ equity. Realized gains and losses are recognized in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations when the securities are sold or impairment is considered other than temporary. The Company reviews its equity holdings on a regular basis to evaluate whether or not each security has experienced an other-than-temporary decline in fair value. The Company has reviewed each of the companies’ financial position, results of operations, stock price performance and various analyst research reports and believes that the declines in fair value of its equity holdings are temporary.

Derivative Instruments

         Under an agreement expiring February 2, 2003, the Company uses an interest-rate swap as a derivative to modify the interest characteristics of its outstanding floating rate long-term debt, to reduce its exposure to fluctuations in interest rates. The Company’s accounting policy is based on its designation of such instruments as cash flow hedges. The Company does not enter into such contracts for speculative purposes.

Revenue Recognition

         Revenue from sales of the Company’s products is recognized at the time of sale.

         Readers’ Advantage™ membership entitles the customer to receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases made during the twelve-month membership period. The annual membership fee of $25.00 is non-refundable after the first 30 days of the membership term. Revenue is being recognized over the twelve-month membership period based upon historical spending patterns for Barnes & Noble customers. Refunds of membership fees due to cancellations within the first 30 days are minimal.

         Sales returns (which are not significant) are recognized at the time returns are made.

Advertising Costs

         The costs of advertising are expensed as incurred during the year pursuant to Statement of Position 93-7, “Reporting on Advertising Costs”. In addition, consideration received from vendors in conjunction with the Company’s cooperative advertising program is netted against the related expenses. Advertising costs are charged to selling and administrative expenses.

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Pre-Opening Expenses

         In April 1998, the Accounting Standards Executive Committee issued Statement of Position 98-5, “Reporting on the Costs of Start-Up Activities” (SOP 98-5). SOP 98-5 requires an entity to expense all start-up activities, as defined, when incurred. Prior to 1999, the Company amortized costs associated with the opening of new stores over the respective store’s first 12 months of operations. In accordance with SOP 98-5, the Company recorded a one-time non-cash charge reflecting the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle in the amount of $4,500 after taxes, representing such start-up costs capitalized as of the beginning of fiscal year 1999. Since adoption, the Company has expensed all such start-up costs as incurred. The effect of the change in accounting principle on earnings in fiscal 2001, fiscal 2000 and fiscal 1999 was immaterial.

Closed Store Expenses

         Upon a formal decision to close or relocate a store, the Company charges unrecoverable costs to expense. Such costs include the net book value of abandoned fixtures and leasehold improvements and a provision for future lease obligations, net of expected sublease recoveries. Costs associated with store closings of $9,831, $5,026 and $5,447 during fiscal 2001, fiscal 2000 and fiscal 1999, respectively, are included in selling and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

Net Earnings Per Common Share

         Basic earnings per share is computed by dividing income available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share reflect, in periods in which they have a dilutive effect, the impact of common shares issuable upon exercise of its stock options and those of its GameStop subsidiary, and assumes the conversion of the Company’s 5.25% convertible subordinated notes for the period outstanding since their issuance in March 2001.

Income Taxes

         The provision for income taxes includes federal, state and local income taxes currently payable and those deferred because of temporary differences between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities. The deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using the enacted tax rates and laws that are expected to be in effect when the differences reverse.

Stock Options

         The Company accounts for all transactions under which employees receive shares of stock or other equity instruments in the Company or the Company incurs liabilities to employees in amounts based on the price of its stock in accordance with the provisions of Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees.”

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Reclassifications

         Certain prior-period amounts have been reclassified for comparative purposes to conform with the fiscal 2001 presentation.

Reporting Period

         The Company’s fiscal year is comprised of 52 or 53 weeks, ending on the Saturday closest to the last day of January. The reporting periods ended February 2, 2002, February 3, 2001 and January 29, 2000 contained 52 weeks, 53 weeks and 52 weeks, respectively.

2. Receivables, Net

         Receivables represent customer, credit card, landlord and other receivables due within one year as follows:

                 
    February 2, 2002   February 3, 2001
   
 
Trade accounts
  $ 5,594       8,146  
Credit card receivables (a)
    26,632       24,000  
Receivables from landlords for leasehold improvements
    10,407       18,568  
Barnes & Noble.com receivable
    47,204       17,987  
Other receivables
    8,733       15,804  
 
   
     
 
Total receivables, net
  $ 98,570       84,505  
 
   
     
 

  (a) Credit card receivables consist of receivables from credit card companies. The Company assumes no customer credit risk for these receivables.

3. Debt

         On November 18, 1997, the Company obtained an $850,000 five-year senior revolving credit facility (the Revolving Credit Facility) with a syndicate led by The Chase Manhattan Bank. The Revolving Credit Facility permits borrowings at various interest-rate options based on the prime rate or London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) depending upon certain financial tests. In addition, the agreement requires the Company to pay a commitment fee up to 0.25 percent of the unused portion depending upon certain financial tests. The Revolving Credit Facility contains covenants, limitations and events of default typical of credit facilities of this size and nature, including financial covenants which require the Company to meet, among other things, cash flow and interest-coverage ratios and which limit capital expenditures. The Revolving Credit Facility is secured by the capital stock, accounts receivable and general intangibles of the Company’s subsidiaries. Net proceeds from the Revolving Credit Facility are available for general corporate purposes.

         In fiscal 2000, the Company obtained an additional $100,000 senior unsecured seasonal credit facility (seasonal credit facility) with a syndicate of banks led by The Chase Manhattan Bank. The seasonal credit facility, which matured on January 31, 2001, provided for borrowings at an interest rate based on LIBOR. In addition, the agreement required the Company to pay a commitment fee of 0.375 percent of the unused portion. The seasonal credit facility was guaranteed by all restricted subsidiaries of Barnes & Noble.

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         In fiscal 2001, the Company issued $300,000, 5.25 percent convertible subordinated notes due March 15, 2009. The notes are convertible into the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $32.512 per share.

         The Company from time to time enters into interest rate swap agreements to manage interest-costs and risk associated with changes in interest rates. These agreements effectively convert underlying variable-rate debt based on prime rate or LIBOR to fixed-rate debt through the exchange of fixed and floating interest payment obligations without the exchange of underlying principal amounts. For each of the years ended February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, the Company had outstanding $55,000 of swaps, maturing in 2003.

         Selected information related to the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility and seasonal credit facility is as follows:

                         
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999
   
 
 
Balance at end of year
  $ 449,000       666,900       431,600  
Average balance outstanding during the year
  $ 689,326       697,832       397,114  
Maximum borrowings outstanding during the year
  $ 870,000       918,700       693,500  
Weighted average interest rate during the year
    5.27 %     7.55 %     6.01 %
Interest rate at end of year
    4.33 %     6.01 %     6.26 %

         Fees expensed with respect to the unused portion of the Company’s revolving credit commitment were $516, $272 and $664, during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively.

         The amounts outstanding under the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility have been classified as long-term debt based on the Company’s intention to maintain principal amounts outstanding.

         The Company has no agreements to maintain compensating balances.

4. Fair Values of Financial Instruments

         The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents reported in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets approximate fair value due to the short-term maturities of these assets. The aggregate fair value of the Revolving Credit Facility approximates its carrying amount, because of its recent and frequent repricing based upon market conditions. Investments in publicly traded securities accounted for under SFAS 115 are carried at fair value.

         Interest-rate swap agreements are valued based on market quotes obtained from dealers. The estimated fair value of the interest-rate swaps liability was $2,256 and $542 at February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively. The interest-rate swaps are included as a component of other long-term liabilities.

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5. Other Income (Expense)

         The following table sets forth the components of other income (expense), in thousands of dollars:

                         
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999
   
 
 
iUniverse.com (1)
  $ (3,985 )     (9,277 )     (2,121 )
Equity in net losses of BOOK® magazine (2)
    (2,500 )     (127 )      
Equity in net losses of enews, inc. (3)
    (5,581 )            
Gain on sale of Gemstar International Ltd. (formerly NuvoMedia Inc.) (4)
                22,356  
Indigo Books & Music Inc. (formerly Chapters Inc.) (5)
    336             10,874  
Equity in net earnings of Calendar Club (6)
                1,228  
Termination of planned acquisition of Ingram Book Group (7)
                (5,000 )
Other
          58        
 
   
     
     
 
Total other income (expense)
  $ (11,730 )   $ (9,346 )     27,337  
 
   
     
     
 

(1)   During fiscal 1999, the Company acquired a 41 percent interest in iUniverse.com for $20,000. In the first quarter of fiscal 2000, the Company invested an additional $8,000 in iUniverse.com thereby increasing its percentage ownership interest to 49 percent. In the third quarter of fiscal 2000, the Company sold a portion of its investment in iUniverse.com decreasing its percentage ownership interest to 29 percent. This transaction resulted in a pre-tax gain of $326. In fiscal 2001, the Company’s percentage ownership interest in iUniverse.com decreased to 22 percent when an additional capital contribution was made to iUniverse.com by one of its other investors. This investment is being accounted for under the equity method and is reflected as a component of other noncurrent assets. The investment balance is $9,809 at February 2, 2002.
(2)   During fiscal 2000, the Company acquired a 50 percent interest in BOOK® magazine for $4,254. In fiscal 2001 the Company loaned an aggregate amount of $2,500 for which it received interest-bearing promissory notes. This investment is being accounted for under the equity method and is reflected as a component of other noncurrent assets. The investment balance is $4,944 at February 2, 2002.
(3)   In fiscal 2001, the Company acquired a 49 percent interest in enews, inc. for $5,581. This investment is being accounted for under the equity method and is reflected as a component of other noncurrent assets. The investment balance is $0 at February 2, 2002.
(4)   In fiscal 1999, NuvoMedia Inc. (NuvoMedia) was acquired by Gemstar International Ltd. (Gemstar), a publicly traded company. Under the terms of the agreement, NuvoMedia shareholders received Gemstar shares in exchange for their ownership interests. In fiscal 1999, in connection with the sale of NuvoMedia, the Company recognized a pre-tax gain of $22,356. The Company’s investment in Gemstar is being accounted for as an available-for-sale investment and is reflected as a component of other noncurrent assets. The investment balance is $6,881 at February 2, 2002.
(5)   During fiscal 1999, the Company sold a portion of its investment in Chapters Inc. (Chapters) resulting in a pre-tax gain of $10,975. Through a series of transactions spanning from November 2000 through August 2001, Chapters and Indigo Books & Music Inc. merged under the corporate name Indigo Books & Music Inc. During fiscal 2001, the Company sold a portion of its investment resulting in a pre-tax gain of $336. The investment balance is $632 at February 2, 2002.
(6)   In fiscal 2000, the Company invested $11,000 to acquire a controlling interest in Calendar Club by increasing its percentage ownership interest to approximately 74 percent. Accordingly, the Company

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    has consolidated the results of operations of Calendar Club. Prior to fiscal 2000, the Company held a 50 percent interest in Calendar Club and accounted for its investment under the equity method and reflected it as a component of other noncurrent assets.
(7)   In 1999, the Company and the Ingram Book Group (Ingram) announced their agreement to terminate the Company’s planned acquisition of Ingram. The Company’s application before the Federal Trade Commission for the purchase was formally withdrawn. As a result, other income reflects a one-time charge of $5,000 for acquisition costs relating primarily to legal, accounting and other transaction-related costs.

6. Marketable Equity Securities

         Marketable equity securities are carried on the balance sheet at their fair market value as a component of other noncurrent assets. The following marketable equity securities as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 have been classified as available-for-sale securities:

                         
            Indigo Books &        
            Music Inc.        
    Gemstar   (formerly Chapters        
    International Ltd.   Inc.)   Total
Carrying value
  $ 27,137       8,294       35,431  
Fiscal 1999 unrealized losses
    (1,684 )     (353 )     (2,037 )
Fiscal 2000 unrealized losses
    (6,974 )     (1,019 )     (7,993 )
 
   
     
     
 
Market value at February 3, 2001
    18,479       6,922       25,401  
Partial sale of investment
          (4,786 )     (4,786 )
Fiscal 2001 unrealized losses
    (11,598 )     (1,504 )     (13,102 )
 
   
     
     
 
Market value at February 2, 2002
  $ 6,881       632       7,513  
 
   
     
     
 

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7. Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share

         Following is a reconciliation of net earnings (loss) and weighted average common shares outstanding for purposes of calculating basic and diluted net earnings per share:

                           
      2001(a)   2000(b)   1999
     
 
 
Basic net earnings (loss) per share
                       
 
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 63,967       (51,966 )     124,498  
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding
    66,393,000       64,341,000       69,005,000  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Basic net earnings (loss) per share
  $ 0.96       (0.81 )     1.80  
 
   
     
     
 
Diluted net earnings (loss) per share
                       
 
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 63,967       (51,966 )     124,498  
 
After-tax equivalent of interest expense on 5.25% convertible subordinated notes
    8,821              
 
   
     
     
 
 
Earnings (loss) for purposes of computing diluted net earnings (loss) per share
  $ 72,788       (51,966 )     124,498  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding
    66,393,000       64,341,000       69,005,000  
 
Dilutive stock options
    3,207,000             2,349,000  
 
Weighted average assumed conversion of 5.25% convertible subordinated notes
    8,239,000              
 
   
     
     
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding for purposes of computing diluted net earnings (loss) per share
    77,839,000       64,341,000       71,354,000  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Diluted net earnings (loss) per share
  $ 0.94       (0.81 )     1.75  
 
   
     
     
 

           (a) The effect of GameStop stock options are not dilutive.
 
           (b) Fiscal 2000 excludes the effect of the dilutive stock options. Inclusion of stock options would have an antidilutive effect on loss per share.

8. Barnes & Noble.com

         On November 12, 1998, the Company and Bertelsmann AG (Bertelsmann) completed the formation of a limited liability company to operate the online retail bookselling operations of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, barnesandnoble.com inc. The new entity, barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com), was structured as a limited liability company. Under the terms of the relevant agreements, effective as of October 31, 1998, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 50 percent membership interest in Barnes & Noble.com. The Company contributed substantially all of the assets and liabilities of its online operations to the joint venture and Bertelsmann paid $75,000 to the Company and made a $150,000 cash contribution to the joint venture. Bertelsmann also agreed to contribute an additional $50,000 to the joint venture for future working capital requirements. The Company recognized a pre-tax gain during fiscal 1998 in the amount of $126,435, of which $63,759 was recognized in earnings based on the $75,000 received directly and $62,676 ($36,351 after taxes) was reflected in additional paid-in capital based on the Company’s share of the incremental equity of the joint venture resulting from the $150,000 Bertelsmann contribution.

         On May 25, 1999, Barnes & Noble.com Inc. completed an initial public offering (IPO) of 28.75 million shares of Class A Common Stock and used the proceeds to purchase a 20 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. As a result, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained a 40 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. The Company recorded an increase in additional paid-in capital of $116,158 after taxes representing the Company’s incremental share in the equity of Barnes & Noble.com. In November

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2000, Barnes & Noble.com acquired Fatbrain.com, Inc. (Fatbrain), the third largest online bookseller. Barnes & Noble.com issued shares of its common stock to Fatbrain shareholders. As a result of this merger, the Company and Bertelsmann each retained an approximate 36 percent interest in Barnes & Noble.com. The Company will continue to account for its investment under the equity method.

         Under the terms of the November 12, 1998 joint venture agreement between the Company and Bertelsmann, the Company received a $25,000 payment from Bertelsmann in connection with the IPO. The Company recognized the $25,000 pre-tax gain in fiscal 1999. The estimated fair market values of the Company’s investment in Barnes & Noble.com were $109,825, $122,000 and $742,000 at February 2, 2002, February 3, 2001 and January 29, 2000, respectively.

         Summarized financial information for Barnes & Noble.com follows:

                         
    12 months ended December 31,  
   
    2001   2000   1999
   
 
 
Net sales
  $ 404,600       374,938 (a)     193,730  
Gross profit
  $ 91,235       70,816 (a)     33,793  
Net loss(b)
  $ (244,366 )     (329,657 )(a)     (102,404 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 115,266       212,304       478,047  
Other current assets
    68,135       80,332       27,567  
Noncurrent assets
    103,975       236,299       173,904  
Current liabilities
    138,773       135,987       75,940  
Minority interest
    105,845       282,824       482,896  
 
   
     
     
 
Net assets
  $ 42,758       110,124       120,682  
 
   
     
     
 

           (a) Includes the pro forma consolidated results of Barnes & Noble.com and Fatbrain as if the acquisition of Fatbrain had taken place on January 1, 2000.
 
           (b) Includes impairment charge of $88,213 and $75,051 in 2001 and 2000, respectively.

9. Employees’ Retirement and Defined Contribution Plans

         As of December 31, 1999, substantially all employees of the Company were covered under a noncontributory defined benefit pension plan (the Pension Plan). As of January 1, 2000, the Pension Plan was amended so that employees no longer earn benefits for subsequent service. Subsequent service continues to be the basis for vesting of benefits not yet vested at December 31, 1999 and the Pension Plan will continue to hold assets and pay benefits. The amendment was treated as a curtailment in fiscal 1999 resulting in a pre-tax gain of $14,142 which is included as a reduction of selling and administrative expenses.

         The Company maintains defined contribution plans (the Savings Plans) for the benefit of substantially all employees. In addition, the Company provides certain health care and life insurance benefits (the Postretirement Plan) to retired employees, limited to those receiving benefits or retired as of April 1, 1993.

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         A summary of the components of net periodic cost for the Pension Plan and the Postretirement Plan follows:

                                                   
      Pension Plan   Postretirement Plan
     
 
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
 
 
 
Service cost
  $             4,535                    
Interest cost
    1,869       1,779       2,349       175       151       151  
Expected return on plan assets
    (3,030 )     (2,887 )     (2,494 )                  
Net amortization and deferral
    43             32       (73 )     (104 )     (123 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
Net periodic expense (income)
  $ (1,118 )     (1,108 )     4,422       102       47       28  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 

         Total Company contributions charged to employee benefit expenses for the Savings Plans were $5,929, $5,681 and $3,374 during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively.

         Weighted-average actuarial assumptions used in determining the net periodic costs of the Pension Plan and the Postretirement Plan are as follows:

                                                 
    Pension Plan   Postretirement Plan
   
 
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
 
 
 
Discount rate
    7.3 %     7.8 %     7.8 %     7.3 %     7.8 %     7.8 %
Expected return on plan assets
    9.5 %     9.5 %     9.5 %                  
Assumed rate of compensation increase*
    N/A       4.8 %     4.8 %                  


*   A graded salary scale was used.

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         The following table provides a reconciliation of benefit obligations, plan assets and funded status of the Pension Plan and the Postretirement Plan:

                                 
    Pension Plan   Postretirement Plan
   
 
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   2001   2000

 
 
 
 
Change in benefit obligation:
                               
Benefit obligation at beginning of year
  $ 24,187       23,037       2,081       2,053  
Interest cost
    1,869       1,779       175       151  
Actuarial loss
    2,525       129       569       54  
Benefits paid
    (419 )     (758 )     (284 )     (177 )
Settlement
    (1,663 )                  
 
   
     
     
     
 
Benefit obligation at end of year
  $ 26,499       24,187       2,541       2,081  
 
   
     
     
     
 
Change in plan assets:
                               
Fair value of plan assets at beginning of year
  $ 32,114       29,036              
Actual loss on assets
    (379 )     (446 )            
Employer contributions
          4,282              
Settlement
    (2,343 )                  
Benefits paid
    (419 )     (758 )            
 
   
     
     
     
 
Fair value of plan assets at end of year
  $ 28,973       32,114              
 
   
     
     
     
 
Funded status
  $ 2,474       7,927       (2,541 )     (2,081 )
Unrecognized net actuarial (gain) loss
    9,401       3,661       (941 )     (1,583 )
 
   
     
     
     
 
Prepaid (accrued) benefit cost
  $ 11,875       11,588       (3,482 )     (3,664 )
 
   
     
     
     
 

         Settlements in the form of lump sum cash payments were made in fiscal 2001 to plan participants in exchange for their rights to receive specified pension benefits.

         The health-care cost trend rate used to measure the expected cost of the Postretirement Plan benefits is assumed to be nine percent in 2002 declining at one percent decrements each year through 2005 and one-half percent decrements through 2007 to five percent in 2007 and each year thereafter. The health-care cost trend assumption has a significant effect on the amounts reported. For example, a one percent increase or decrease in the health-care cost trend rate would change the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation by approximately $216 and $191, respectively, as of February 2, 2002, and would change the net periodic cost by approximately $16 and $13, respectively, during fiscal 2001.

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10. Income Taxes

         The Company files a consolidated federal return. Federal and state income tax provisions (benefits) for fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999 are as follows:

                           
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
Current:
                       
 
Federal
  $ 62,141       59,055       64,454  
 
State
    13,891       13,086       15,306  
 
   
     
     
 
 
    76,032       72,141       79,760  
 
   
     
     
 
Deferred:
                       
 
Federal
    (25,790 )     (44,390 )     7,193  
 
State
    (4,864 )     (8,782 )     2,684  
 
   
     
     
 
 
    (30,654 )     (53,172 )     9,877  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
  $ 45,378       18,969       89,637  
 
   
     
     
 

         A reconciliation between the provision (benefit) for income taxes and the expected provision for income taxes at the federal statutory rate of 35 percent during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, is as follows:

                         
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
Expected provision (benefit) for income taxes at federal statutory rate
  $ 38,271       (11,549 )     76,522  
Amortization of non-deductible goodwill and trade names and write-down of goodwill
    1,987       26,669       1,342  
State income taxes, net of federal income tax benefit
    5,868       2,798       11,694  
Other, net
    (748 )     1,051       79  
 
   
     
     
 
Provision for income taxes
  $ 45,378       18,969       89,637  
 
   
     
     
 

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         The tax effects of temporary differences that give rise to significant components of the Company’s deferred tax assets and liabilities as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 are as follows:

                       
          February 2, 2002   February 3, 2001
         
 
Deferred tax liabilities:
               
 
Operating expenses
  $ (19,655 )     (16,236 )
 
Depreciation
    (22,278 )     (20,886 )
 
Investment in Barnes & Noble.com
    (32,572 )     (69,693 )
 
   
     
 
   
Total deferred tax liabilities
    (74,505 )     (106,815 )
 
   
     
 
Deferred tax assets:
               
 
Inventory
    4,119       6,520  
 
Lease transactions
    23,446       20,705  
 
Reversal of estimated accruals
    5,573       7,733  
 
Restructuring charge
    13,496       13,530  
 
Insurance liability
    2,312       1,871  
 
Deferred income
          2,056  
 
Unrealized holding losses on available-for-sale securities
    9,199       4,156  
 
Unrealized holding loss on derivative instrument
    936        
 
Other
    9,993       8,409  
 
   
     
 
   
Total deferred tax assets
    69,074       64,980  
 
   
     
 
     
Net deferred tax liabilities
  $ (5,431 )     (41,835 )
 
   
     
 

11. Acquisitions

         In fiscal 1999, the Company acquired Babbage’s Etc., one of the nation’s largest video-game and entertainment-software specialty retailers, a company majority owned by Leonard Riggio, for $208,670. An independent Special Committee of the Board of Directors negotiated and approved the acquisition on behalf of the Company. The Company made an additional payment of $9,665 in 2002 due to certain financial performance targets having been met during fiscal year 2001.

         On June 14, 2000, the Company acquired all of the outstanding shares of Funco, Inc., a Minneapolis-based electronic games retailer for approximately $167,560. The acquisition was accounted for by the purchase method of accounting and, accordingly, the results of operations for the period subsequent to the acquisition are included in the consolidated financial statements. The excess of purchase price over the net assets acquired, in the amount of approximately $131,400, has been recorded as goodwill and is being amortized using the straight-line method over an estimated useful life of 30 years. The pro forma effect assuming the acquisition of Funco, Inc. at the beginning of fiscal 2000 is not material.

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         Through a corporate restructuring, Babbage’s Etc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Funco, Inc. and the name of Funco, Inc. was changed to GameStop, Inc.

         On February 19, 2002, the Company successfully completed an initial public offering for its GameStop subsidiary, raising $250,000 in cash for Barnes & Noble, Inc. and $98,000 in net proceeds for GameStop. Barnes & Noble has retained an approximate 63 percent interest in GameStop.

12. Segment Information

         The Company operates under two strategic groups that offer different products. These groups have been aggregated into two reportable operating segments: bookstores and video-game and entertainment-software stores.

         Bookstores 
         This segment includes 591 bookstores under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bookstop and Bookstar names which generally offer a comprehensive title base, a café, a children’s section, a music department, a magazine section and a calendar of ongoing events, including author appearances and children’s activities. This segment also includes 305 small format mall-based stores under the B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops and Scribner’s Bookstore trade names. Additionally, this segment includes the operations of Calendar Club, the Company’s majority-owned subsidiary. Calendar Club is an operator of seasonal calendar kiosks. The bookstore segment employs a merchandising strategy that targets the “Middle American” consumer book market.

         Video-Game and Entertainment-Software Stores 
         This segment includes 432 Video Game & Entertainment Software stores under the Babbage’s and Software Etc. names, 606 stores operated under the GameStop and FuncoLand names, a Web site (gamestop.com) and Game Informer magazine. The principal products of these stores are comprised of video-game hardware and software and PC-entertainment software. The Company’s consolidated financial statements reflect the results of Babbage’s Etc. from October 1999 and Funco, Inc. from June 2000, the respective dates of acquisition.

         The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies. Segment operating profit includes corporate expenses in each operating segment. Barnes & Noble evaluates the performance of its segments and allocates resources to them based on operating profit.

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         Summarized financial information concerning the Company’s reportable segments is presented below:

                                                   
      Sales   Depreciation and Amortization
     
 
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
 
 
 
Bookstores
  $ 3,748,992       3,618,240       3,262,295     $ 117,529       122,563       108,691  
Video Game & Entertainment Software stores
    1,121,398       757,564       223,748       30,297       22,197       3,613  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
        Total
  $ 4,870,390       4,375,804       3,486,043     $ 147,826       144,760       112,304  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
                                                       
                                  Equity Investment in
          Operating Profit   Barnes & Noble.com
         
 
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
 
 
 
Bookstores *
  $ 211,700       127,812       216,678     $ 48,217       136,595       240,531  
   
Operating margin
    5.65 %     3.53 %     6.64 %                        
Video Game & Entertainment Software stores
    34,087       6,014       15,432                    
 
Operating margin
    3.04 %     0.79 %     6.90 %                        
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
     
Total
  $ 245,787       133,826       232,110     $ 48,217       136,595       240,531  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
                                                   
      Capital Expenditures   Total Assets
     
 
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
 
 
 
Bookstores
  $ 148,371       109,161       142,005     $ 2,026,123       2,049,639       2,076,795  
Video Game & Entertainment Software stores
    20,462       25,131       4,289       587,433       507,837       336,996  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
        Total
  $ 168,833       134,292       146,294     $ 2,613,556       2,557,476       2,413,791  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 

*     Fiscal 2001 operating profit is net of legal settlement expense of $4,500. Fiscal 2001 operating profit excluding the legal settlement expense would have been $216,200. Fiscal 2000 operating profit is net of a non-cash impairment charge of $106,833. Fiscal 2000 operating profit excluding the non-cash impairment charge would have been $234,645.

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         A reconciliation of operating profit from reportable segments to earnings before income taxes and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle in the consolidated financial statements is as follows:

                           
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
Reportable segments operating profit
  $ 245,787       133,826       232,110  
Interest, net
    (36,334 )     (53,541 )     (23,765 )
Equity in net loss of Barnes & Noble.com
    (88,378 )     (103,936 )     (42,047 )
Gain on formation of Barnes & Noble.com
                25,000  
Other income (expense)
    (11,730 )     (9,346 )     27,337  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Consolidated earnings (loss) before income taxes and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
  $ 109,345       (32,997 )     218,635  
 
   
     
     
 

13.   Comprehensive Earnings (Loss)

         Comprehensive earnings are net earnings, plus certain other items that are recorded directly to shareholders’ equity. The only such items currently applicable to the Company are the unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities and derivative instruments, as follows:

                           
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
Net earnings (loss)
  $ 63,967       (51,966 )     124,498  
Other comprehensive loss:
                       
 
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (net of deferred tax benefit of $5,437, $3,317 and $839, respectively)
    (7,665 )     (4,676 )     (1,198 )
 
Less: reclassification adjustment, net of deferred income tax expense of $395
    556              
 
   
     
     
 
 
    (7,109 )     (4,676 )     (1,198 )
 
   
     
     
 
 
Unrealized loss on derivative instrument (net of deferred tax benefit of $936)
    (1,320 )            
 
   
     
     
 
Total comprehensive earnings (loss)
  $ 55,538       (56,642 )     123,300  
 
   
     
     
 

14.   Shareholders’ Equity

         In fiscal 1999, the Board of Directors authorized a common stock repurchase program for the purchase of up to $250,000 of the Company’s common shares. As of February 2, 2002, the Company has repurchased 5,504,700 shares at a cost of approximately $117,377 under this program. The repurchased shares are held in treasury.

         Each share of the Company’s Common Stock also entitles the holder to the right (the Right) to purchase one four-hundredth of a share of the Company’s Series H Preferred Stock for $225. The Right is only exercisable if a person or group acquires 15 percent or more of the Company’s outstanding Common Stock or announces a tender offer or exchange offer, the consummation of which would result in such person or group owning 15 percent or more of the Company’s outstanding Common Stock.

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15.   Impairment Charge

         During fiscal 2000, the Company recorded a non-cash charge to operating earnings of $106,833. This charge included approximately $69,928 of goodwill and $32,405 of property, plant and equipment related to the book business, primarily goodwill associated with the purchase of B. Dalton, other mall-bookstore assets and $6,186 of warehouse equipment. The Company’s mall-based bookstores have experienced significant declines in sales and profitability as a result of increased competition from book superstores and Internet book retailers. In fiscal 2000, B. Dalton comparable store sales declined (1.7%) compared with an increase in comparable store sales of 0.1% in fiscal 1999. As a result, the anticipated future cash flows from certain stores were no longer sufficient to recover the carrying value of the underlying assets. Also, included in this charge were other charges of $4,500 related to the write-off of certain investments which had continuing adverse financial results. The estimated fair value of the assets was based on anticipated future cash flows discounted at a rate commensurate with the risk involved.

16.   Stock Option Plans

         The Company currently has two incentive plans under which stock options have been or may be granted to officers, directors and key employees of the Company, the 1991 Employee Incentive Plan (the 1991 Plan) and the 1996 Incentive Plan (the 1996 Plan). The options to purchase common shares generally are issued at fair market value on the date of the grant, begin vesting after one year in 33-1/3 percent or 25 percent increments per year, expire 10 years from issuance and are conditioned upon continual employment during the vesting period.

         The 1996 Plan and the 1991 Plan allow the Company to grant options to purchase up to 11,000,000 and 4,732,704 shares of common stock, respectively. No more grants may be made under the 1991 Plan.

         In addition to the two incentive plans, the Company has granted stock options to certain key executives and directors. The vesting terms and contractual lives of these grants are similar to that of the incentive plans.

         In accordance with the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation” (SFAS 123), the Company discloses the pro forma impact of recording compensation expense utilizing the Black-Scholes model. The Black-Scholes option valuation model was developed for use in estimating the fair value of traded options which have no vesting restrictions and are fully transferable. In addition, option valuation models require the input of highly subjective assumptions including the expected stock price volatility. Because the Company’s stock options have characteristics significantly different from those of traded options, and because changes in the subjective input assumptions can materially affect the fair value estimate, in management’s opinion, the Black-Scholes model does not necessarily provide a reliable measure of the fair value of its stock options.

         Had compensation cost for the Company’s stock option grants been determined based on the fair value of the stock at the grant dates, the Company’s net earnings and diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, would have been reduced by approximately $9,521 or $0.12 per share, $8,529 or $0.13 per share, and $6,298 or $0.09 per share, respectively.

         Because the application of the pro forma disclosure provision of SFAS 123 are required only to be applied to grants of options made by the Company during fiscal 1995 and after, the above pro forma amounts may not be representative of the effects of applying SFAS 123 to future years.

         The weighted-average fair value of the options granted during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999 were estimated at $10.13, $7.86 and $10.00, respectively, using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following assumptions: volatility of 35 percent, risk-free interest rate of 4.86 percent in fiscal 2001,

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6.50 percent in fiscal 2000, and 5.90 percent in fiscal 1999, and an expected life of six years.

         A summary of the status of the Company’s stock options is presented below:

                 
            Weighted-Average
(Thousands of shares)   Shares   Exercise Price

 
 
Balance, January 30, 1999
    10,278     $ 16.22  
Granted
    2,148       22.31  
Exercised
    (795 )     11.39  
Forfeited
    (488 )     26.91  
 
   
         
Balance, January 29, 2000
    11,143       17.27  
Granted
    2,675       17.04  
Exercised
    (995 )     13.64  
Forfeited
    (807 )     22.76  
 
   
         
Balance, February 3, 2001
    12,016       17.15  
Granted
    2,204       18.24  
Exercised
    (2,163 )     21.81  
Forfeited
    (362 )     23.76  
 
   
         
Balance, February 2, 2002
    11,695     $ 18.04  
 
   
         

         The following table summarizes information as of February 2, 2002 concerning outstanding and exercisable options:

                                         
    Options Outstanding   Options Exercisable
   
 
            Weighted-                        
            Average   Weighted-           Weighted-
Range of   Number   Remaining   Average   Number   Average
Exercise   Outstanding   Contractual   Exercise   Exercisable   Exercise
Prices   (000s)   Life   Price   (000s)   Price

 
 
 
 
 
$3.21 - $3.77
    339       1.40     $ 3.59       339     $ 3.59  
$10.00 - $16.75
    5,829       3.55     $ 13.42       4,319     $ 12.26  
$17.13 - $24.25
    4,355       7.95     $ 21.95       1,405     $ 20.37  
$26.50 - $34.75
    1,172       6.60     $ 30.74       626     $ 32.10  
 
   
                     
         
$3.21 - $34.75
    11,695       5.43     $ 18.04       6,689     $ 15.38  
 
   
                     
         

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17.   Leases

         The Company leases retail stores, warehouse facilities, office space and equipment. Substantially all of the retail stores are leased under noncancelable agreements which expire at various dates through 2036 with various renewal options for additional periods. The agreements, which have been classified as operating leases, generally provide for both minimum and percentage rentals and require the Company to pay all insurance, taxes and other maintenance costs. Percentage rentals are based on sales performance in excess of specified minimums at various stores.

         Rental expense under operating leases are as follows:

                         
Fiscal Year   2001   2000   1999

 
 
 
Minimum rentals
  $ 358,522       338,922       291,964  
Percentage rentals
    14,274       10,782       7,502  
 
   
     
     
 
 
  $ 372,796       349,704       299,466  
 
   
     
     
 

         Future minimum annual rentals, excluding percentage rentals, required under leases that had initial, noncancelable lease terms greater than one year, as of February 2, 2002 are:

         
Fiscal Year        

       
2002
  $ 342,716  
2003
    316,448  
2004
    292,527  
2005
    272,457  
2006
    255,173  
After 2006
    1,367,558  
 
   
 
 
  $ 2,846,879  
 
   
 

18.   Legal Proceedings

         In March 1998, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and 26 independent bookstores filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the Company and Borders Group, Inc. (Borders) alleging violations of the Robinson-Patman Act, the California Unfair Trade Practice Act and the California Unfair Competition Law. On March 20, 2001, the court granted the Company summary judgment dismissing all claims for damages under federal and state law. On April 19, 2001, the parties settled the litigation of all other remaining claims.

         Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, (1) the Company and Borders will each pay $2,350 to the ABA as partial reimbursement for its legal fees, and (2) the plaintiffs have released all claims against the Company up to the date of the settlement relating to matters asserted in the litigation, and have agreed not to sue the Company for three years over any practices that were the subject of the litigation. The Settlement Agreement does not impose any restrictions on the Company’s business practices.

         In August 1998, The Intimate Bookshop, Inc. and its owner, Wallace Kuralt, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Company, Borders,

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Amazon.com, Inc., certain publishers and others alleging violation of the Robinson-Patman Act and other federal law, New York statutes governing trade practices and common law. The complaint sought certification of a class consisting of all retail booksellers in the United States, whether or not currently in business, which were in business and were members of the ABA at any time during the four-year period preceding the filing of the complaint. The complaint alleged that the named plaintiffs have suffered damages of approximately $11,250 or more and requested treble damages on behalf of the named plaintiffs and each of the purported class members, as well as injunctive and declaratory relief (including an injunction requiring the closure of all of defendants’ stores within 10 miles of any location where plaintiff either has or had a retail bookstore during the four years preceding the filing of the complaint, and prohibiting the opening by defendants of any bookstore in such areas for the next 10 years), disgorgement of alleged discriminatory discounts, rebates, deductions and payments, punitive damages, interest, costs, attorneys fees and other relief. The plaintiffs subsequently amended their complaint to allege eight causes of action on behalf of The Intimate Bookshop and Wallace Kuralt, accusing the Company and the other defendants of: (1) violating Section 2(f) of the Robinson-Patman Act; (2) violating Section 2(c) of the Robinson-Patman Act; (3) violating Section 13(a) of the Clayton Act; (4) inducing every publisher in the United States to breach contracts with plaintiffs; (5) interfering with the plaintiff’s advantageous business relationships; (6) engaging in unfair competition; (7) violating Sections 349 and 350 of the New York General Business Law; and (8) being unjustly enriched. The class action allegations have been withdrawn and the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed defendants Harper Collins Publishers, Inc. and Amazon.com, Inc. from the case.

         On April 13, 1999, the Company and the other defendants filed a motion to dismiss the second through eighth causes of action in their entireties and for a more definite statement of the remaining allegations of the first cause of action. As a result, the plaintiffs’ third through eighth causes of action were dismissed with prejudice, as were all claims asserted by Wallace Kuralt in his individual capacity. Pursuant to the court’s order, plaintiff The Intimate Bookshop, Inc. filed a second amended complaint on March 13, 2000. The Company served an answer on April 5, 2000 denying the material allegations of the complaint and asserting various affirmative defenses. On January 11, 2002, the Company and the other defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. A hearing on that motion was held on March 22, 2002. The Company intends to continue to vigorously defend this action.

         On November 3, 2000, plaintiffs Lucky, Inc. and Bookmark It, LLC, operators of an independent bookstore in Great Falls, Montana, filed an action against the Company, Borders, certain book publishers and others in the United States District Court for the District of Montana. Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on November 14, 2000. In their amended complaint, plaintiffs purported to assert claims on behalf of all persons or entities who as part of their business purchase or sell books. Plaintiffs alleged that the Company entered into agreements with book publishers and distributors pursuant to which the Company received discounts and other benefits that were not available to plaintiffs. Plaintiffs alleged that such agreements were in violation of the Robinson-Patman Act and the Montana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act. This action was settled in August 2001.

         In addition to the above actions, various claims and lawsuits arising in the normal course of business are pending against the Company. The subject matter of these proceedings primarily includes commercial disputes, personal injury claims and employment issues. The results of these proceedings are not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position or results of operations.

19.   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

         The Company believes that the transactions and agreements discussed below (including renewals of any existing agreements) between the Company and its affiliates are at least as favorable to the

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Company as could be obtained from unaffiliated parties. The Board of Directors and the Audit Committee must approve in advance any proposed transaction or agreement with affiliates and will utilize procedures in evaluating the terms and provisions of such proposed transaction or agreement as are appropriate in light of the fiduciary duties of directors under Delaware law.

         The Company leases space for its executive offices in properties in which Leonard Riggio, Chairman of the Board and principal stockholder of Barnes & Noble, has a minority interest. The space was rented at an aggregate annual rent including real estate taxes of approximately $3,966, $3,378 and $2,879 in fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. Rent per square foot is approximately $28.00, which is below market.

         The Company leases a 75,000-square-foot office/warehouse from a partnership in which Leonard Riggio has a 50 percent interest, pursuant to a lease expiring in 2023. Pursuant to such lease, the Company paid $490, $648 and $573 in fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively.

         The Company leases retail space in a building in which Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc. (B&N College), a company owned by Leonard Riggio, subleases space for its executive offices from the Company. Occupancy costs allocated by the Company to B&N College for this space totaled $748, $709 and $686 for fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The amount paid by B&N College to the Company approximates the cost per square foot paid by the Company to its unaffiliated third-party landlord.

         The Company subleases warehouse space from Barnes & Noble.com in Reno, Nevada. The Company paid Barnes & Noble.com $1,838 and $1,401 for such subleased space during fiscal 2001 and 2000, respectively. Additionally, in January 2001, the Company purchased $6,186 of warehouse equipment (valued at original cost) from Barnes & Noble.com’s Reno warehouse. Barnes & Noble.com recently determined it could not effectively utilize the full capacity of the Reno, Nevada distribution center. As a result, Barnes & Noble.com’s Board of Directors approved the transfer of the Reno warehouse lease and the sale of inventory located in Reno to the Company. The Company purchased the inventory from Barnes & Noble.com at cost for approximately $10,000. In addition, the Company intends to spend approximately $2,000 to refurbish the facility. The Company’s Board of Directors also approved the Company’s assumption of the lease, which expires in 2010, and the hiring of all of the employees at the Reno facility. The Company intends to use the Reno facility to facilitate distribution to its current and future West Coast stores. In connection with the transition, Barnes & Noble.com will pay rent for the Reno facility through December 31, 2002 of $1,600. The Reno lease assignment and the transfer of the Reno facility to the Company is expected to be completed during the first half of 2002.

         The Company subleases to Barnes & Noble.com approximately one-third of a 300,000-square-foot warehouse facility located in New Jersey. The Company has received from Barnes & Noble.com $479, $489 and $473 for such subleased space during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The amount paid by Barnes & Noble.com to the Company approximates the cost per square foot paid by the Company as a tenant pursuant to the lease of the space from an unaffiliated third party.

         The Company has entered into an agreement (the Supply Agreement) with Barnes & Noble.com whereby the Company charges Barnes & Noble.com the costs associated with such purchases plus incremental overhead incurred by the Company in connection with providing such inventory. The Supply Agreement is subject to certain termination provisions. Barnes & Noble.com purchased $119,290, $110,462 and $74,682 of merchandise from the Company during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively, and Barnes & Noble.com expects to source purchases through the Company in the future.

         The Company has entered into agreements whereby Barnes & Noble.com receives various

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services from the Company, including, among others, services for payroll processing, benefits administration, insurance (property and casualty, medical, dental and life), tax, traffic, fulfillment and telecommunications. In accordance with the terms of such agreements the Company has received, and expects to continue to receive, fees in an amount equal to the direct costs plus incremental expenses associated with providing such services. The Company received $5,465, $1,699 and $2,037 for such services during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively.

         The aggregate receivable from Barnes & Noble.com in connection with the agreements described above was $47,204 and $17,987 as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively.

         The Company and Barnes & Noble.com commenced a marketing program in November 2000, whereby a customer purchases a “Readers’ Advantage™ card” for an annual membership fee of $25.00 which is non-refundable after the first 30 days of the membership term. With this card, customers can receive discounts of 10 percent on all Company purchases and 5 percent on all Barnes & Noble.com purchases. The Company and Barnes & Noble.com have agreed to share the expenses, net of revenue from the sale of the cards, related to this program in proportion to the discounts customers receive on purchases with each company.

         Barnes & Noble.com, through its fulfillment centers, ships various customer orders for the Company to its retail stores as well as to the Company’s customers’ homes. Barnes & Noble.com charges the Company the costs associated with such shipments plus any incremental overhead incurred by Barnes & Noble.com to process these orders. The Company paid Barnes & Noble.com $1,030 and $222 for shipping and handling during fiscal 2001 and 2000, respectively. In addition, during fiscal 2001, the Company and Barnes & Noble.com reached an agreement whereby the Company pays a commission on all items ordered by customers at the Company’s stores and shipped directly to customers’ homes by Barnes & Noble.com. Commissions paid for these sales were $359 during fiscal 2001.

         The Company paid B&N College certain operating costs B&N College incurred on the Company’s behalf. These charges are included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations and approximated $188, $264 and $193 for fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. B&N College purchased $41,452, $17,198 and $16,125 of merchandise from the Company during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The Company charged B&N College $1,517, $1,331 and $1,042 for fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively, for capital expenditures, business insurance and other operating costs incurred on its behalf.

         The Company uses a jet aircraft owned by B&N College and pays for the costs and expenses of operating the aircraft based upon the Company’s usage. Such costs which include fuel, insurance, personnel and other costs approximated $2,228, $2,401 and $2,205 during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively, and are included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

         In fiscal 1999, the Company acquired Babbage’s Etc., one of the nation’s largest video-game and entertainment-software specialty retailers, a company majority owned by Leonard Riggio, for $208,670. An independent Special Committee of the Board of Directors negotiated and approved the acquisition on behalf of the Company. The Company made an additional payment of $9,665 in 2002 due to certain financial performance targets having been met during fiscal year 2001.

         The Company is provided with national freight distribution, including trucking, services by the LTA Group, Inc. (LTA), a company in which a brother of Leonard Riggio owns a 20 percent interest. The Company paid LTA $17,746, $16,661 and $13,118 for such services during fiscal years 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. The Company believes the cost of freight delivered to the stores compares favorably to the prices charged by publishers and other third-party freight distributors.

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         Since 1993, the Company has used AEC One Stop Group, Inc. (AEC) as its primary music and video supplier and to provide a music and video database. AEC is one of the largest wholesale distributors of music and videos in the United States. In 1999, AEC’s parent corporation was acquired by an investor group in which Leonard Riggio was a minority investor. The Company paid AEC $168,114, $159,179 and $126,241 for merchandise purchased during fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, respectively. Amounts payable to AEC for merchandise purchased were $51,121 and $39,388 as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001, respectively.

20.   Recent Events

         On February 19, 2002, the Company successfully completed an initial public offering for its GameStop subsidiary, raising $250,000 in cash for Barnes & Noble, Inc. and $98,000 in net proceeds for GameStop. Barnes & Noble has retained an approximate 63 percent interest in GameStop.

         During the first quarter of 2002, the Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble.com approved the transfer of the Reno facility to the Company and the Board of Directors of the Company approved the Company’s assumption of the Reno lease, the purchase of inventory, and the hiring of all the Reno employees. The Reno lease assignment and the transfer of the operations of the Reno facility to the Company is expected to be completed during the first half of 2002.

21.   Selected Quarterly Financial Information (Unaudited)

         A summary of quarterly financial information for each of the last two fiscal years is as follows:

                                             
Fiscal 2001 Quarter End           July   October   January   Total Fiscal
On or About   April 2001   2001   2001   2002   Year 2001

 
 
 
 
 
Sales
  $ 1,009,637       1,050,018       995,605       1,815,130       4,870,390  
Gross profit
  $ 259,051       275,322       261,794       514,185       1,310,352  
Equity in net loss of Barnes & Noble.com (a)
  $ (14,315 )     (13,906 )     (13,865 )     (46,292 )     (88,378 )
   
Net earnings (loss)
  $ (11,492 )     (1,690 )     (6,806 )     83,955       63,967  
Earnings (loss) per common share
  Basic
  $ (0.18 )     (0.03 )     (0.10 )     1.25       0.96  
 
Diluted
  $ (0.18 )     (0.03 )     (0.10 )     1.09       0.94  
                                           
Fiscal 2000 Quarter End           July   October   January   Total Fiscal
On or About   April 2000   2000   2000   2001   Year 2000

 
 
 
 
 
Sales
  $ 894,256       924,330       951,834       1,605,384       4,375,804  
Gross profit
  $ 240,089       248,067       258,871       459,053       1,206,080  
Equity in net loss of Barnes & Noble.com (a)
  $ (17,598 )     (17,940 )     (18,901 )     (49,497 )     (103,936 )
 
Net loss (c)
  $ (4,144 )     (8,646 )     (5,177 )     (33,999 )     (51,966 )
Loss per common share
  $ (0.06 )     (0.13 )     (0.08 )     (0.52 )     (0.81 )

(a)   Based on varying ownership interests as more fully discussed in Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
(b)   In the first quarter of fiscal 2001, the Company recorded $4,500 ($2,633 after taxes or $0.03 per share) to operating earnings for legal and settlement expenses.
(c)   In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000, the Company recorded a non-cash charge of $106,833 ($92,440 after taxes or $1.44 per share) to operating earnings as more fully discussed in Note 15 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

The Board of Directors
Barnes & Noble, Inc.

         We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and subsidiaries as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in shareholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended February 2, 2002. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

         We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

         In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and its subsidiaries as of February 2, 2002 and February 3, 2001 and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended February 2, 2002, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

         As discussed in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, effective January 31, 1999, the Company changed its method of accounting for pre-opening expenses.

New York, New York
March 21, 2002

 

BDO Seidman, LLP

52 EX-21.1: LIST OF SUBSIDIARIES

 

Exhibit 21.1

Subsidiaries of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

     
1.   Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc., a Delaware corporation, that operates its retail bookstores directly and through nine wholly owned United States subsidiaries.

   
2.   B. Dalton Bookseller, Inc., a Minnesota corporation.

   
3.   Doubleday Book Shops, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

   
4.   B&N GameStop Holding Corp., a Delaware corporation.

   
5.   GameStop Corp., a Delaware corporation.

   
6.   GameStop, Inc., a Minnesota corporation.

   
7.   Babbage’s Etc. LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

   
8.   B&N.com Holding Corp., a Delaware corporation.

   
9.   Barnes & Noble Publishing Inc., a Delaware corporation that operates its book publishing business directly and through two wholly owned United States subsidiaries.

   
10.   CCI Holdings, Inc., a Texas corporation.

   
11.   Calendar Club L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability corporation.

EX-23.1: CONSENT OF BDO SEIDMAN, LLP

 

Exhibit 23.1

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
New York, New York

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference of our report dated March 21, 2002 relating to the consolidated financial statements of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and subsidiaries, incorporated by reference into the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 2, 2002, into the prospectuses constituting a part of the following registration statements: No. 33-84826 on Form S-3, No. 33-89258 on Form S-3, No. 33-270333 on Form S-8, No. 33-89260 on Form S-8, and No. 33-97410 on Form S-3.

We also consent to the references to us under the caption “Experts” in the Prospectuses.

  BDO Seidman, LLP
New York, New York
May 1, 2002

EX-23.2: REPORT OF BDO SEIDMAN, LLP

 

Exhibit 23.2

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

The Board of Directors
Barnes & Noble, Inc.

The audits referred to in our report dated March 21, 2002 relating to the consolidated financial statements of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and subsidiaries which is incorporated in Item 8 of the Form 10-K by reference to the annual report to stockholders for the year ended February 2, 2002 included the audit of the financial statement schedules listed in the accompanying index. These financial statement schedules are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statement schedules based upon our audits.

In our opinion such financial statement schedules present fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.

BDO Seidman, LLP

New York, New York

May 1, 2002