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May 17 – May 24, 2007 Edition
Book Sales Dip 4%
5/14/07-The U.S. Census Bureau reports that bookstore sales for March dropped 4.1% to $998 million compared to $1.041 billion in the same period last year. The figures are for new book sales and do not include electronic sales, mail-order, or used book sales. Year to date sales were also down to $4.2 billion, down 4% from $4.4 billion.
Overall retail sales grew 3.4% to $342,022 billion for March, with a year to date increase of 4%. However, preliminary sales figures for total retail for April were expected to be the worst ever recorded.