Travel market takes a wrong turn

Travel market takes a wrong turn

It was not a vintage year for the Atlases, Maps & Travel category. Despite inching up in value in both 2015 and 2016, the sector as a whole fell 2.3% year on year in 2017, dropping 3.5% in volume. At 6.17 million books sold for £58.48m, Atlases, Maps & Travel hit all-time lows in both volume and value, with every single sub- category declining year on year.

The only measure by which the category did rise was average selling price, which ballooned 12p to £9.46. Over the past three years, the a.s.p. of a title in the Atlases, Maps & Travel category has gone up by nearly £1, which probably ex...

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