From the press release:
“The company’s sales continued to perform at the higher end of expectations, due in part to strong sales of new releases and bestsellers, which combined with a better than expected gross margin rate enabled the company to outperform its third quarter earnings expectations,” said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “In addition, we are encouraged by the sales trends at Barnes & Noble.com that began earlier this year and continued through the third quarter, in which we launched a newly designed website.”
The company also raised guidance for the full year (which should be anticipated given this and the second quarter performance). The company now expects full-year GAAP earnings per share to be in a range of $1.91 to $2.09, compared to previous guidance of $1.69 to $1.87.
B&N's stock price has fluctuated over the past six months from a mid-year high of $43 to its current $36. On the basis of these reported results the share price jumped on Tuesday. In contrast to Borders share performance and market cap ($715million), B&N has a market cap of over $2.4billion. Looking at that comparison with Borders may well make some private equity bankers sweat in anticipation.