Barnes & Noble holiday sales sink as coloring-book fad fades

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Barnes & Noble Inc. posted its first decline in holiday sales in three years, hurt by a downturn in the coloring-book category, bringing another sign that the Christmas season wasn’t kind to retailers. Same-store sales sank 9.1 percent for the nine-week holiday period, the New York-based company said on Thursday. Coloring books and other art supplies — products that had surged last year in part because adults were embracing them — were particularly weak. Still, Barnes & Noble expects to bolster its operating profit by keeping a tight lid on expenses.
From Barnes & Noble holiday sales sink as coloring-book fad fades – The Denver Post

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That's kind of the problem with fads. But there are plenty of wonderful books out there, and yes, a few of them are coloring books. If that's the sort of thing you like.

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