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Stacking Up the Amazon Advantage

AMAZON                  VS.                  BARNES & NOBLE

1 WEB SITE       NUMBER OF STORES                     1,011
3.1 MILLION      TITLES PER SUPERSTORE                175,000
2%               BOOK RETURNS                         30%
306%             SALES GROWTH*                        10%
$375,000         SALES PER EMPLOYEE (ANNUAL)          100,000
24               INVENTORY TURNOVERS PER YEAR         3
LOW              LONG-TERM CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS       HIGH
HIGH             CASH FLOW                            LOW


*latest quarter
DATA: COMPANIES, HUMMER WINBLAD, BUSINESS WEEK



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