US book sales slump in second quarter

US book sales slump in second quarter

<p>US book sales have fallen again although the market is not experiencing as difficult sales performance as the UK.<em> Publishers Weekly</em> quotes figures from the US Census Bureau which reports that sales fell 0.8% to $1.10bn in June. </p><p>Despite a slight uplift in sales during the first quarter, the market slumped in Q2. Overall, sales were down 0.5% to $7.42bn compared to the first half of 2009. </p><p>When the figures are placed alongside those of 2008, before the recession dug in in earnest, sales are down 3.6%.</p><p>According to figures from Nielsen BookScan, UK book sales for the first 26 weeks of the year were down 5.5% to &pound;699.6m; a four-year low. </p>