Barnes & Noble reduces staff after a weak holiday season

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, file photo, the exterior of a Barnes & Noble bookstore is seen in Salem, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest bookseller, says it’s laying off staff after a weak holiday shopping season.

The company declined to give the number of jobs cut.

The cuts come after New York-based Barnes & Noble said last month that its sales at established sales slid 6.4 percent during the crucial nine-week period ending Dec. 30.

Most retailers have strengthened digital operations and sales have followed. At Barnes & Noble, however, online sales dropped 4.5 percent.

Amazon.com is winning over more people each year to its Prime membership program, at one point handing out trial memberships to 4 million people in one week. The Seattle-based Amazon has also opened more than a dozen physical bookstores so far.

CNBC first reported the news about the layoffs.

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