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Up for discussion today is the bull case that Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) has the legs to survive because its lease payments are expected to be lower than in the past, now that Borders is out of the picture. However, the company is still burning cash fast, and it still has less than half of what it did as recently as April 2011, which wasn't much. To put it into perspective, it currently has only 10% of the cash it did in 2009. Slightly reduced lease payments won't fill its coffers; it will only slightly delay the inevitable.

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