During March, bookstore sales fell 1.3%. Year to date, bookstore sales dropped 4.1%. By comparison, for the month of March, total retail sales dropped 12%. YTD, total retail sales are down 11.6%.
Publishers Weekly reported:
The Census Bureau revised bookstore estimates for January and February, with new figures showing a 1.7% drop in January sales and a 11.3% plunge in February, making February the worst month for bookstore sales since the downturn began last fall.