Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

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    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 1.9 percent in July 2017 compared to July 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Estimates reflect sales of all types of participating bookstores, including trade, college, religious, chain stores (including superstores), and others.

    July 2017 bookstore sales are estimated at $673 million, compared to sales of $686 million for the same period last year.

    The Census Bureau reported total retail and food service sales in July 2017 of an estimated $476.7 billion, compared to $463.2 billion in July 2016, an increase of 2.9 percent.

    Period

    2016 Final
    (Millions of Dollars)

    2017
    (Millions of Dollars)

    % Change
    2017 over 2016

    January

    1,451

    1,424

    -1.9

    February

    710

    690 

    -2.8

    March

    708

    709

    0.1

    April

    701

    733

    4.6

    May

    774

    788

    1.8

    June

    710

    707

    -0.4

    July

    686

    673 (p)

    -1.9

    YTD

    5,740

    5,724 (p)

    -0.3

    (p) Preliminary figure

    Note: Estimates reflect sales of all types of participating bookstores, including trade, college, religious, chain stores (including superstores), and others. A bookstore is defined as any retail establishment with sales comprised of more than 50 percent new books and periodicals, and estimates include sales of all products in these stores.