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  • July Sales Jumped in Trade, Fell in Education

    Sales of adult books rose 20.9% in the month over July 2019, and sales in the children/young adult category increased 14.5%, according to AAP's StatShot program. Sales in the K-12 instructional materials category fell 24.9% compared to last July, while sales in the higher educational course materials segment fell 21.9%.

  • Wiley Posts Q1 Gains Led by Digital Sales Boost

    Higher sales of a range of digital and online products offset continued declines in print revenue, leading to a 2% increase in sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 at John Wiley & Sons.

  • First Half Sales Slipped 1.4% at PRH

    A good performance in the U.S. plus higher digital and online sales helped to soften the blow of the Covid-19 pandemic across Penguin Random House's global operations in the first half of 2020, parent company Bertelsmann said.

  • June Book Sales Show Improvement

    Following steep declines in April and May, sales fell a relatively modest 4.1% in June compared to a year ago at publishers that report to AAP's StatShot program. June sales were up in the trade categories.

  • Sales, Earnings Down at HC in Fiscal 2020

    An improvement in fourth quarter profits for the period ended June 30, 2020, was not enough to prevent earnings for the full year at HarperCollins from dropping 15%, to $214 million. Revenue fell 5%, to $1.67 billion, compared to fiscal 2019.

  • S&S Posts Q2 Profit Gain Despite Sales Decline

    Lower production and distribution costs were enough to give Simon & Schuster a 9% increase in earnings in the second quarter, despite an 8% drop in sales. Digital revenue jumped 44% in the quarter.

  • Sales at HMH Took Big Hit in Q2

    A 38% plunge in sales in its education group in the second quarter of 2020 led to an overall decline of 35.5% in sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt compared to a year ago. Costs cuts limited the impact of the sales drop on the publisher's bottom line.

  • AAP Pegs 2019 Sales Growth at 1.1%

    Final estimates from the AAP found a 1.1% increase in total industry sales in 2019 over 2018. Sales were estimated to be $25.93 billion. The increase was led by a 20.4% jump in sales in the preK-12 category, where sales were $4.07 billion. In the trade category, sales inched ahead 0.4%, to $16.23 billion.

  • Amazon Online Sales Soared in Q2

    Online sales at Amazon jumped 48% in the second quarter of 2020 over the comparable period in 2019, to $45.9 billion. Total revenue rose 40% and operating income skyrocketed 87%.

  • June Rebound Eases Declines at Lagardère Publishing

    Revenue in the first six months of 2020 fell 7% at Lagardère Publishing compared to the same period in 2019, helped by a 20% jump in June sales. Hachette Book Group had the best performance in the period, with sales falling 1%.

  • Quarto Sales Fell 17% in First Half of 2020

    Revenue in the publisher's U.S. group fell 21.8% in the first half of 2020 from the comparable period in 2019, and the U.K.-based Quarto said it expects that the global pandemic will impact its results in the second half of this year.

  • The Beat Goes On at Educational Development Corp.

    Following a record first quarter, sales at Educational Development Corp. posted another record in June, with revenue jumping 157% over June 2019.

  • Scholastic Looks to Rebound from Q4 Slump

    The Covid-19 pandemic led to a 40% decline in fourth quarter revenue at Scholastic and an operating loss of $46 million. The company said it expects a "slower than normal start" to the upcoming school year, and believes it will end the current fiscal year with revenue "slightly below" fiscal 2020.

  • Revenue Tumbled 71% in First Half of 2020 at Reed Exhibitions

    Revenue at Reed Exhibitions, whose businesses include BookExpo, fell to £201 million, from £684 million in the first six months of 2019, and the group had an adjusted operating loss of £117 million compared to a profit of £231 million a year ago.

  • Record Year for British Publishing in 2019

    U.K. publisher sales rose to £6.3 billion in 2019, 4% higher than in 2018 and 20% higher than in 2015, making 2019 the biggest year ever for U.K. publishing.

  • Led By U.S., Bloomsbury Has Surprising Start to Fiscal 2021

    Bloomsbury said sales in the first four months of fiscal 2021, which began March 1, rose 18% over the same period a year ago. Revenue in the U.S. increased 38%, and sales of both digital and print books were up overall.

  • May Publishing Sales Fell 12.1%

    A steep decline in returns somewhat offset a drop in gross sales in May, leading a decline of 12.1% in net sales compared to May 2019. The month did see a jump in adult e-book sales, with sales rising 30.6%.

  • AAP Monthly StatShot: April

    With most all bookstores closed in the month, total sales fell only 3.5% at the 1,361 publishers that report figures to StatShot.

  • Pandemic Takes a Toll on Industry Stocks

    The Publishers Weekly Stock Index fell nearly 20% in the first six months of 2020.

  • Investment Firm Bids to Nominate Directors to B&NE Board

    Barnes & Noble Education said it was surprised to learn that Outerbridge Capital, which owns 13.5% of the company, plans to nominate four of its own candidates to run for B&NE's board of directors.

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