French bookshops' Christmas sales down 0.5%

French bookshops' Christmas sales down 0.5%

Sales through French bookshops declined by 0.5% in December from a year earlier.

The figures were compiled by the 160 members of the booksellers observatory, which was created by the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF) in mid-2015.

Even though new textbooks were published for the three years of lower secondary school in 2016, the December decline is less negative than it sounds, said SLF director Guillaume Husson, because it follows an excellent performance in 2015, when members’ sales rose 4.2% year-on-year for the month, and 3.6% for the year as a wh...

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