German book market posts small 2019 rise

German book market posts small 2019 rise

Even though the holiday season was below par, Germany’s book market narrowly avoided another major disappointment and finished the year on a positive note. Overall sales were up in 2019 by 1.4% in value. In volume they followed a recent pattern and were down marginally, by 0.4%.

For months the industry had been quite hopeful to finish the year with solid growth well above 2%. While sales had been gradually declining from a year-high of 4.1% in May, by end-November statistics compiled by trade paper Buchreport and based on data from charts company Media Control still showed cumulated sales ...

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