German Bookstore Chains Growing, But Modestly

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary


German bookstore chains are continuing to grow but at a more modest pace than in previous years, given the general decrease in mergers and new store openings. According to the 21st annual report on the largest bookstore chains released by buchreport, market leader Thalia, owned by Douglas AG, increased its lead over the Hugendubel and Weltbild chains (both part of the DBH Group). Combined sales of Thalia and DBH account for a quarter of sales for the book trade in the German-speaking world (1.65 billion euros).

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Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.