Preliminary estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show total bookstore sales in 2004 fell 0.8%, to $16.67 billion. Sales for the entire retail segment rose 8% in the year. Bookstore sales in December were flat, at $2.12 billion, compared to a 9.1% increase for all of retail. The Census Bureau will issue final sales figures later this year, and those revisions could push total 2004 bookstore sales up over 2003.
Volume 252 Issue 10 03/07/2005