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30 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

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.

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19 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

July retail sales at bookstores decreased by 6.3 percent compared to July 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Year-to-date sales are down 2.1 percent compared to the same period last year.

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14 Aug

Retail Sales at Bookstores Drop in June

June retail sales at bookstores decreased by 9.5 percent compared to June 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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20 Jun

Retail Sales at Bookstores Fall in April

April retail sales at bookstores fell 5.5 percent compared to April 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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06 Jun

BTW News Briefs

BISG asks for input from book industry professionals; Raw BEA numbers announced; Small Business Week begins June 17; British booksellers seek government’s help in fighting Amazon; Lambda Literary Award winners announced; Akashic Books launches Infamous Books

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16 May

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in March

March retail sales at bookstores increased one percent compared to March 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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16 May

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in February

February retail sales at bookstores decreased 3.1 percent compared to February 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. February’s decline follows five consecutive months of increases.

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16 May

BTW News Briefs

BookStats annual survey results announced; BEA author events to be streamed live; “Buzz Books 2013: Fall/Winter” released; Prospective booksellers learn the ropes at Paz workshop; Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards finalists announced; Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl challenged at Michigan school; Winner of Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award announced; Bookmasters to distribute TGS International

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16 May

ABACUS-12 Data-Gathering Begins

The ABACUS-12 Survey process has begun. On Wednesday, May 15, ABA main store members should have received an e-mail from the National Association of College Stores’ OnCampus Research with key instructions, updates, and links to the secure, online ABACUS submission form.

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14 Mar

Sales at Bookstores Up in January

January retail sales at bookstores increased 5.5 percent compared to January 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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13 Feb

Retail Sales at Bookstores Continue Upward in December

December 2012 retail sales at bookstores were up 2.9 percent compared to December 2011, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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07 Feb

Survey Confirms Benefits of “Buy Local First” Campaigns, Finds Challenges Ahead

The 2013 post-holiday Independent Business Survey, conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with ABA and other indie business organizations, has found that independent businesses experienced solid revenue growth in 2012, buoyed in part by “buy local first” initiatives and growing public interest in supporting locally owned businesses.

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31 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Entrepreneur.com sees a rebirth of mom-and-pop shops; Preference for digital textbooks climbs; ALA releases e-book license scorecard; NRF forecasts 3.4 percent increase in retail sales for 2013

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24 Jan

Digital Book World: Closing the Discovery Gap

Among the topics put forth at morning sessions on Thursday, January 17, at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo were a discussion on how Kobo is helping independent bookstores reach the e-book market and a look at consumers’ attitudes toward e-books and how they’ve changed over the course of just a few years.

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17 Jan

43* ABA Member Stores Open in 2012

ABA welcomed 43 indie bookstores that opened in 2012 in 25 states. Among them were six branches of existing businesses and seven selling primarily used books. California is home to seven new stores; New York, five; Florida and Texas, three; and Kansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, two.

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