Travel sector suffers widespread declines as Brexit looms

Travel sector suffers widespread declines as Brexit looms

To be blunt, 2018 was not a vintage year for travel books. At 5.9 million units sold for £55.3m through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market, the Atlases, Maps & Travel category posted its lowest-ever volume and value since full-market records began in 2001. Every sub- category fell in both volume and value terms against 2017, with the exception of Cycling Maps & Guides, which inched 0.71% in value—albeit after a 15% drop the year before.

Overall, the category declined 5% in volume and 5.5% in value year on year—a relatively harsh decline, particularly in value, compared to the water-t...

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