European book sales still struggling after lockdown, FEP warns

European book sales still struggling after lockdown, FEP warns

European book sales have picked up since shops reopened but are mostly well below pre-coronavirus levels, according to a report by the Federation of European Publishers.

Billed as an “interim stock-taking exercise” by FEP president Rudy Vanschoonbeek the report shows even countries where bookstores remained open have struggled to grow their markets and calls for government support to help the industry.

The report noted that overall sales at the start of national lockdowns, from mid-March to mid-April, saw overall sales plunge 66% in France where one publisher had a 90% fall in early April...

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