Book sales in Ireland fell almost 12 times the rate of that of general retail sales for February.
Last month's overall retail figures were down 0.7% in value and 0.3% in volume year-on-year according to CSO data, but the book, newspaper and stationery category plummeted by 8.3% in value and 9% in volume according to Irish Publishing News.
However, the results reveal a slight increase in value from January's figures, where book, newspaper and stationery sales dropped by 9.2% in value, although down just 4.5% in volume.
January's figures are set against a month where the country's overall retail sales figures grew by 3.2% year-on-year and increased by 1% in volume.
The book, newspaper and stationery sub-segment now stands at 80.3% of the 2005 figure in value terms and 70.8% in volume terms, "indicating that the market for books, newspapers and stationery is down 19.7% in value and 29.2% in volume” the story reports.