CNBC reports that “Barnes & Noble is trimming its staff, laying off lead cashiers, digital leads and other experienced workers in a company-wide clearing,” though the exact number of people losing their jobs could not be fired.

About a year ago, Barnes & Noble employed about 26,000 people.

A spokesperson tells CNBC that the company “has been reviewing all aspects of the business, including our labor model. Given our sales decline this holiday, we're adjusting staffing so that it meets the needs of our existing business and our customers. As the business improves, we'll adjust accordingly.”

Total holiday sales at Barnes & Noble were down more than six percent compared to the same period a year earlier, while same-store sales were down 6.4 percent and online sales were down 4.5 percent.

At Barnes & Noble, 2017 holiday sales fell more than 6 percent to $953 million, compared with the year prior. Same-store sales fell 6.4 percent for the holiday period, while online sales dropped 4.5 percent.

In other Barnes & Noble news, Timothy Mantel - formerly of GNC and Target, was named chief merchandising officer. He succeeds Mary Amicucci, who left the job last year.

KC's View: Unlike the Amazon layoffs, this is a sign of continuing weakness for a business model that may need a lot more revolution than the folks there seem willing to entertain. Unless, of course, it is just too late.