Late Christmas rush, and Houllebecq, boost 'fragile' French book sector

Late Christmas rush, and Houllebecq, boost 'fragile' French book sector

A last-minute Christmas rush helped save the French book trade from what might otherwise have been a disastrous end of year because of protests and riots by the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement.

The 200 independent members of the observatory run by the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF) reported that year-on-year sales in December rose 0.8%, compared to a drop of 0.4% for the first three weeks of the month and a weekly drop of 16.8% in the middle of the month.

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