Wednesday, June 16, 2010

April Bookstore Sales Fall

Reprinted with permission of Publishers Weekly.

The weak improvement in bookstore sales seen in the first quarter disappeared in April with the U.S. Census Bureau reporting that bookstore sales fell 4.1% in the month, to $917 million. For the first quarter, bookstore sales had been up 1.2%, but the April decline left sales flat at $5.24 billion through the first four months of 2010. Sales for the entire retail market rose 4.6% in April and were up 4.0% for the first four months of the year