Germany's book sales up 4% in 2019 to date

Germany's book sales up 4% in 2019 to date

It has been a turbulent year thus far for the German book industry with the surprise announcement in January of the merger of leading book chains Thalia and Mayersche and the insolvency of wholesaler/distributor Koch Neff Volckmar (KNV) two months later. Some good news was therefore much needed and has just been delivered on separate fronts.

According to trade magazine Buchreport, and based on data supplied by Media Control, sales for the first five months are up 4.1% year on year. While this figure covers the market overall including bookstores, online shops, travel book shops and departm...

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