ABACUS Documents

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As bookstores rethink strategies and operations in a post-COVID world, the insight from the ABACUS financial survey showing how your store compares with others—whether in terms of key expense categories or sales performance—has never been more important. ABACUS is a free annual report filled with detailed information that helps to highlight where your store falls across a range of areas, including profitability, productivity, and financial management. Using the ABACUS report is like adding a financial officer to your staff; it clearly highlights areas that need improvement, areas in which your store is succeeding, and everything in between. Additionally, ABACUS is an essential document for developing your business plan, and better understanding the financial realities of running a bookstore. It is an essential resource for those in the planning and early stages of opening a bookstore. For more information on the ABACUS report, please visit the ABACUS page on Bookweb.org. Below you will find the past five years of ABACUS general reports, in addition to a year-by-year analysis. 


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