German booksellers end 2016 on positive note

German booksellers end 2016 on positive note

After eight years of declining or at best static sales, German book retailers ended 2016 on a positive note. Following an unexpectedly strong November when sales increased 7.4%, December was also up year-on-year by 1.4%. This was enough to report overall growth of 0.9% for the whole year.

Cheers among booksellers were subdued, though. Not only was the bar set low after a weak 2015 when overall sales were down 1.6% on the previous year, but data from Media Control showed that the positive outcome was not the result of rising volume sales of books and media products (excluding textbooks and ...

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