Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

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August retail sales at bookstores were down by 4.5 percent compared to August 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Year-to-date sales are down 2.6 percent compared to the same period last year.

August 2013 bookstore sales are estimated at $1,927 million, compared to sales of $2,018 million for the same period last year.

Total retail and food service sales in August are estimated at $443 billion, compared to $423 billion in August 2012, an increase of 4.7 percent.
 

Period

2012 Final
(Millions of Dollars)

2013
(Millions of Dollars)

% Change
2013 over 2012

January

1,782

1,879

5.4

February

876

849

-3.1

March

812

806

-1

April

802

757

-5.6

May

963

937

-2.7

June

916

829

-9.5

July

862

816

-5.3

August

2,018

1,927 (p)

-4.5

YTD

9,031

8,800 (p)

-2.6

 

(p) Preliminary figure

Note: Estimates reflect sales of all types of participating bookstore, including trade, college, religious, chain stores (including superstores), and others. A bookstore is defined as any retail establishment with sales comprised of more than 50 percent new books and periodicals, and estimates include sales of all products in these stores.