France's bookshops report 3.3% sales dip in Covid-hit 2020

France's bookshops report 3.3% sales dip in Covid-hit 2020

France's bricks-and-mortar booksellers have reported a year-on-year fall in sales of only 3.3% in 2020, despite a total of three months closure across two lockdowns, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Customers flocked to bookshops each time they reopened, generating year-on-year sales increases of 32% in June and 35% in September and “avoiding a catastrophe,” according to the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF).

Even so, one in five booksellers suffered an annual sales decline of more than 10% — and the larger the outlet, the sharper the drop. Only...

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