German book sales drop nearly 14% in 2020 first half

German book sales drop nearly 14% in 2020 first half

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the German book industry hard with sales down 13.9% year on year in the first half of 2020.

But at its annual business press conference in Frankfurt this week the trade association Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels was cautiously optimistic about the coming months, claiming that bookshops have slowly begun reducing the massive losses they suffered during the lockdown in spring.

Bricks-and-mortar bookshops were among the first retailers to be allowed to reopen towards the end of April after the lockdown. Back then they faced the grim reality of sales h...

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