Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in June

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    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 1.5 percent in June 2017 compared to June 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.

    June 2017 bookstore sales are estimated at $721 million, compared to sales of $710 million for the same period last year.

    While sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up 1.82 percent year to date, for the second quarter of 2017 against second-quarter sales for 2016 they were down 1.73 percent.

    The Census Bureau reported total retail and food service sales in June 2017 of an estimated $483.7 billion, compared to $465.9 billion in June 2016, an increase of 3.8 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

    721 (p)

    1.5

    YTD

    5,054

    5,065 (p)

    0.2

    (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.