Irish bookshop figures fall to new low

Irish bookshop figures fall to new low

The number of bookshops in Ireland has dropped by 30 in the past decade, new figures have revealed, but booksellers in the country are currently bullish about the future of physical retail.

The Booksellers Association’s membership figures, provided to The Bookseller, show that the trade body had 238 Ireland-based members in 2008 - including both chain and independent booksellers. That number increased to 254 at its peak in 2013, but has plummeted to a new low of 208.

Maria Dickenson, m.d. of Dubray Books, cited currency fluctuations in sterling as a contributing factor in bookshops’ demis...

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