French book trade recovering from Covid-19 lockdown

French book trade recovering from Covid-19 lockdown

The French book trade is picking up from its two months of Covid-19 lockdown much better than expected.

Independent booksellers’ sales rose by 29% year on year between 12th May—the day after France began its gradual easing of the lockdown—and 12th July, according to the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF). But the figures, coming from the 250 members of the SLF’s observatory which represent a cross-section of the trade, also show that sales are still down 14% overall since 1st January. 
 
Meanwhile the traditional rentrée littéraire between mid-August...

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