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China book sales down 14%

Data from Beijing OpenBook has shown a 13.8% year-on-year decline in book sales in China for the first half of 2022, reports Publishing Perspectives.

Compared to the same period in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year, sales were down 12.8%. The decline is attributed to ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks and spread-mitigation measures.

The physical-shops channel took the biggest sales hit, down 39.7% year-on-year. Online sales, which were down 5.8% year-on-year, were also affected by supply-chain disruptions. However, with the decline in bricks-and-mortar shop sales, online sales now account for 80% of all books sold in China.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, first-half book sales in France and the US were both down 6% on 2021, but remain 10% and 15% higher respectively than the same period in 2019. In Germany, meanwhile, book sales were up 0.7% year-on-year by value in the first half of 2022.


Category: International news