July 30, 2020

Book sales in France up 29% year on year since lockdown eased

Jul 30 2020 Sales by French independent booksellers rose by 29% year on year between May 12--the day after France began its gradual easing of the lockdown--and July 12, according to the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française). Vincent Montagne, president of the French Publishers Association, "predicted a decline of 15% or less in sales for the year, instead of the 30% flagged at lockdown," due in part to the €230 million (about $259 million) the government allocated to the sector since the beginning of the crisis. France actively supports its publishing industry and independent bookstores in particular...

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