Barnes & Noble Chairman to Bid for Chain’s Retail Business

The chairman of Barnes & Noble plans to bid for the retail business of the bookstore as the company struggles with a changing competitive landscape.

On Monday, Leonard Riggio told the company’s board that he would make an offer for Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and other retail assets. The proposal would not include the e-book division, Nook Media.

Like many retailers, the company is confronted by waning profit in its core business, as online retailers and other competitors gain market share. Barnes & Noble recently warned that earnings would be weak in the latest quarter.

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