Germany sees nine-month sales lift amid shift to online retail

Germany sees nine-month sales lift amid shift to online retail

Solid demand for printed books throughout the spring and summer supported by a strong list of new releases in the autumn is fuelling optimism for the festive season in Germany. Sales were up 3.9% across all channels in value for the nine months to end-September, and 0.9% in volume, according to figures from trade publication buchreport and Media Control.

What has many in the industry worried, though, is the fact that market dynamics are still predominantly driven by online shops. Bricks-and-mortar booksellers continue to be under pressure because wary customers have been slower to return t...

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