Coronavirus-hit Italy sees 25% drop in book sales

Coronavirus-hit Italy sees 25% drop in book sales

The Italian Publishers Association (AIE) said on Friday (8th March) that Italy's book market fell 25% in the previous week, with those areas worst-hit by the coronavirus – such as Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia—seeing drops of 50% and above.

Italy’s cultural federation the Confindustria Cultura Italia (CCI) sent a letter to business and culture ministers on Friday (6th March) describing the effect of the virus outbreak on companies in the sector as “significant and worrying”.

The letter stated: “The drastic drop in sales of cultural products, books, music and DVDs, the cancellation of concer...

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