2009 US Bookstore Sales Fell .8%, to $16.6bn

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

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US bookstore sales fell 0.8% in 2009, to $16.60 billion, while overall retail sales dropped 2.2%, according to preliminary results from the U.S. Census Bureau and as reported in Publishers Weekly. While it might not look like much of an improvement — the number is still a drop after all — it is a significant improvement from the previous year when overall sales were down more than 6%.

December bookstores sales were down 0.6%, to $2.03 billion, despite a rise of more than 5% for the month for the overall retail sales picture.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.