Bookstore chain Barnes & Noble said Friday its holiday sales look disappointing and that publisher Pearson Plc took a 5% stake in its Nook e-reader business.
In a regulatory filing, the New York company said early reports indicate its holiday sales fell below expectations and its Nook unit won't meet initial projections for the fiscal year.
But news that Pearson agreed to invest $89.5 million in cash into its Nook division, which values the business at $1.79 billion, sent shares of Barnes & Noble up 6.3% to $15.25 in midday trading.
Pearson, owner of Penguin Books, is the second big investor the bookseller has received for its Nook division. Tech giant Microsoft bought into the unit in April in a deal valuing the business at $1.7 billion.