US book sales slump to 2010 low

<p>US book sales hit a 2010 low in September, with revenue falling 7.7% to $1.51bn.</p><p><em>Publishers Weekly</em>, quoting US Census Bureau figures, said the decline followed a 6.5% drop in August. </p><p>Overall US book sales are down 2.6% to $12.31bn for the first nine months of the year.</p><p>The sales contrast with the UK market, which was down 3.2% to &pound;132.2m for the four weeks to 2nd October. However, the rate of sales decline in the UK was greater than that of the US. Total UK spending for the period to 2nd October was &pound;1.129bn, down 3.6% year on year. </p>