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15 Aug

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in June

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 5.3 percent in June 2018 compared to June 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of August 6, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up approximately 5 percent over 2017.

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16 Jul

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in May

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 0.5 percent in May 2018 compared to May 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of July 9, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up more than 5 percent over 2017.

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21 Jun

Ci6 Featured Speaker Allison Risbridger on Trends Driving the Children’s Book Industry

Sales in the children’s and YA category have grown faster than the overall print book market in the U.S., according to data presented at Children’s Institute by NPD Book Client Development Specialist Allison Risbridger.

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14 Jun

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in April

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 2.7 percent in April 2018 compared to April 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of June 13, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up more than 5 percent over 2017.

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23 May

A Q&A With Children’s Institute Featured Speaker Allison Risbridger of NPD Book

Risbridger will dive into the most recent trends in children’s books, including genre, format, buyer behavior, and more, and attendees will emerge with new insights to help them maximize their business.

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15 May

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in March

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 3.5 percent in March 2018 compared to March 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of May, the year-to-date sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up more than 5 percent over 2017

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16 Apr

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in February

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 2.3 percent in February 2018 compared to February 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of April 11, the year-to-date sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up more than 4.5 percent over 2017. 

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14 Mar

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in January

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 8.4 percent in January 2018 compared to January 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of March 6, the year-to-date sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up more than 4 percent over 2017.

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14 Feb

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in December

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 8.2 percent in December 2017 compared to December 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. The independent bookstore channel ended the year with a 2.6 percent increase over 2016.

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12 Jan

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in November

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6 percent in November 2017 compared to November 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Year-end 2017 sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up 2.6 percent over 2016.

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14 Dec

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in October

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 4.6 percent in October 2017 compared to October 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up slightly more than two percent year to date.

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15 Nov

Indies Believe They Are Better Positioned Than Chains to Weather Amazon’s Growth

A new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business reports that as bricks-and-mortar retail faces new stresses, the impacts appear to be playing out differently for independent retailers than for chains.

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15 Nov

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6.6 percent in September 2017 compared to September 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up slightly more than two percent year to date.

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13 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.9 percent in August 2017 compared to August 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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15 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 1.9 percent in July 2017 compared to July 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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