Sales fell 11% year on year in second quarter, Nielsen estimates

Sales fell 11% year on year in second quarter, Nielsen estimates

Book sales fell 11% by volume year on year in the second quarter of 2020, estimates by Nielsen suggest, although there have been gains on 2019 since bookshops reopened.

Hazel Kenyon, Nielsen's book research director, revealed the data on the opening day of The Bookseller's Marketing and Publicity Conference on Monday 6th July.

Kenyon said quarter one of 2020, which ended on 21st March, had seen value up by 0.3% on the previous year, with volume down 0.9% as the effects of coronavirus were felt even before the country went into lockdown.

She said: “If we look at the week on week we can se...

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