After two weeks of year-on-year growth, total book sales registering through Nielsen BookScan fell last week by 8% in value and volume on the same week last year with 3.1m books selling for £22.4m (also down 2% on the previous week's value). Positive growth through mid-July though, meant that year on year sales for the four weeks ending 26th July were flat overall.
Inside the TCM 5,000, sales were down by 1.3% year on year over the four week period, a decline of just over £546,000. A substantial drop in print Fiction-down £2.1m to £17.1m-£865,000 of which were sales from the hardback editions of Inferno (Bantam Press) and The Cuckoo's Calling (Sphere), was offset by growth in Children's Young & Adult Fiction, Non-fiction and Picture Books, which grew by £1.9m combined to £12.6m. School text books also grew their footprint inside the 5,000 list for July with an additional £178,425 year on year taking its total to just under £1m (£964,591).
This time last year J K Rowling enjoyed a rare chart double, topping the paperback and hardback charts (week ending 27th July) simultaneously with The Casual Vacancy (Sphere) and The Cuckoo's Calling at number one and two on the Top 50. The previous week, The Cuckoo's Calling had debuted at number three following the "Rowling revelation" that Robert Galbraith was the author's crime writing pen name and unexpectedly boosting hardback Fiction sales. Overall Fiction sales within the top 5,000 list was down on the same week last year by £1m with Cuckoo... accounting for just over £254,000 alone.
Having temporarily relinquished the top spot to Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl (Ebury) and Deborah E Harkness' The Book of Life (Headline), Rowling's second Galbraith thriller The Silkworm (Sphere) climbs back to the top of the Original Fiction chart with 3,982 copies for a fourth week at the top. The paperback of The Cuckoo's Calling climbs back into the Top 10 on the paperback chart with sales of just under 10,000 copies.
The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin) tops the chart for a seventh week. Sales were down 4.3% week on week to 38,400 and after four weeks the film-tie in edition vacates third spot, dropping one place to four to make place for Lesley Pearse's Survivor, another hit for Penguin, which climbs two places and growing 28% in volume shifting 17,669 copies.
Hillary Clinton also climbs back to the top of the Non-fiction hardback chart this week. Hard Choices (Simon & Schuster) sold 2,674 copies for a third week at the top. Bill Bryson's One Summer (Black Swan) is a non-mover in the paperback chart with eight non-consecutive weeks at the top.