German trade association membership falls

German trade association membership falls

Membership of Germany’s Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels has continued its downward spiral in 2018. The latest figures published by the trade association show 4,513 companies at the end of December, a decline of 3.1% compared to 4,657 12 months earlier. Over the last decade membership dropped by a fifth from 5796 to 4,513 companies. 

In contrast to the UK, the Börsenverein is the trade body for Germany’s book industry as a whole, representing publishers and booksellers as well as distributors and other book-related companies. Booksellers are by far and large the biggest group, repres...

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