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16 Jul

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in May

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 0.7 percent in May 2019 compared to May 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of July 10, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.5 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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14 Jun

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in April

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 3.4 percent in April 2019 compared to April 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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03 Jun

BookExpo Education: “The State of the Publishing Industry Today”

At a BookExpo education session, NPD Book Executive Director David Walter showed booksellers the latest trends in the U.S. book market, based on data from the industry data analysis company.

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16 May

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in March

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 7 percent in March 2019 compared to March 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of May 15, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are even with 2018.

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01 May

May 8 Deadline: Submit Responses for 2019 Independent Business Survey

On April 25, booksellers received an e-mail from ABA with a link to a survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business. Answers to the survey are due by May 8.

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24 Apr

Watch Your Inbox for the 2019 Independent Business Survey

On Thursday, April 25, booksellers will receive an e-mail from ABA with a link to a survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business.

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18 Apr

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in February

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6.4 percent in February 2019 compared to February 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of April 18, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are even with 2018.

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01 Apr

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in January

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.6 percent in January 2019 compared to January 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of March 27, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up nearly one percent over 2018.

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12 Mar

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in December

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 9.2 percent in December 2018 compared to December 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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19 Feb

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in November

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 10 percent in November 2018 compared to November 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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12 Feb

Wi14 Education: Industry Trends and Analytics

The recent panel featured Michael Becher of Industry Insights, the company that assists ABA in compiling the ABACUS report; Brian O’Leary of the Book Industry Study Group; and Allison Risbridger of NPD Group. 

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09 Jan
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Holiday Shoppers Bring Their Dollars and Enthusiasm to Indie Bookstores

Popular local and regional titles, several national bestsellers, and growing recognition of the shop local movement were among the reasons cited by booksellers for this year’s high holiday sales.

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09 Jan

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on the bustling holiday shopping season at indie bookstores and looks ahead to the upcoming Winter Institute.

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14 Dec

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in October

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 7.7 percent in October 2018 compared to October 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of December 19, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up nearly 5 percent over 2017.

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19 Nov

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 0.9 percent in September 2018 compared to September 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of November 15, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up more than five percent over 2017.

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