Submissions for ABACUS-17 are being accepted until July 13.

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    ABACUS is a yearly, members-only survey that gathers key information on financial operations and provides benchmarking goals and insight. The participation of hundreds of ABA members results in valuable data that help improve business operations and profitability. ABACUS also provides valuable insight for ABA Education.

    The ABACUS Survey gathers financial data about operations from ABA member stores via a secure and confidential electronic form. Participating stores in ABACUS receive customized reports of aggregated data that analyzes their financial results, including comparisons with other stores based on multiple criteria—such as sales level, store size, and profitability. Participating stores also have a fully secure online dashboard, which offers sophisticated analytical tools for running dynamic reports and exploring trends across a number of criteria. The ABACUS report puts a store's finances within a fully intelligible industry framework, giving owners and managers context, insight, and essential benchmarking guidelines to improve the bookstore's performance.

    Here's what independent booksellers have to say about the value of ABACUS. 

    Bookstores that participated in the ABACUS-12 Survey should have received a customized report analyzing their 2012 financial results. - See more at: http://www.bookweb.org/news/abacus-12-sent-participating-bookstores#stha...

    Booksellers with questions about submitting to ABACUS are encouraged to contact Michael Becher, CPA, of Industry Insights at (614) 389-2100, ext. 114, or at mbecher@industryinsights.com. Booksellers who have general questions about ABACUS can contact ABA’s Dan Cullen via e-mail or at (800) 637-0037, ext. 7560.