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Book store sales in the U.S. 1992-2019

In 2019, U.S. book store sales revenue dropped to ten billion U.S. dollars, down from 10.6 billion in the previous year. Previous trends suggest that the figure will continue to fall after a small increase between 2017 and 2018, and the COVID-19 outbreak will not make things any easier for the book market. Whilst some book fans in the U.S. reported reading more as a result of the pandemic, only time will tell whether or not increased reading will lead to more sales.

Book store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1992 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

All numbers are estimates and based on data from the Annual Retail Trade Survey. Estimates have been adjusted using final results of the 2007 Economic Census.
Estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Additional information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions can be found here.
Estimated measures of sample variability can be found here.

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