Germany's 2019 book sales up 2.3% to date

Germany's 2019 book sales up 2.3% to date

The German book industry reported cumulated sales growth of 2.3% for the first six months of 2019 despite two sharp declines in March and June, when sales were down 11.8% and 7.1% respectively.

According to the trade paper Buchreport the positive result was partly due to an increased average price (+2.5%). The number of sold books was marginally down, by 0.2%. The best month this year so far has been April when sales surged 20% despite two fewer shopping days over Easter.

As per categories, the demand for non-fiction titles continued to be strong with sales up 11.9% between January and en...

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