International Spotlight: Ireland book sales’ value falls 29% in lockdown

International Spotlight: Ireland book sales’ value falls 29% in lockdown

Ireland’s book market has seen a 29% year-on-year decline in value during the period in which the country has been in lockdown, according to Nielsen BookScan data. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of shops on 24th March and, from then to the week ending 2nd May, the Irish print market dropped 27% in volume, and declined in value from €11.4m earned across the same period in 2019, to €8.1m. 

Adult Non-Fiction has been hardest hit, with a 35% plummet year on year. The category fell by €1.68m compared to the same period last year—though, we should keep in mind, spring 2019 was a pa...

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