<p>Analysts are predicting "disappointing" Christmas sales for Barnes & Noble ahead of the company's holiday results, which are due to be posted early on Thursday, according to Forbes.com. </p><p>Stifel Nicolaus analyst David Schick is reported as highlighting Borders Group's 11.7% sales drop as a sign its bookselling counterpart had struggled.</p><p>He lowered his fourth-quarter estimate from a drop of 8% to 10% as a result. He rates the shares as hold. </p>Other than J K Rowling's <em>The Tales of Beedle the Bard </em>and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight books, Schick said he "saw little in the way of holiday must-haves", Forbes said. <p>However, Schick said Barnes & Noble remained "the premier bookstore company, especially given uncertainty at Borders Group".</p>
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