Business book sales in Germany increased for the first time in seven years in the first quarter, with sales in retail, food and beverage and entertainment book categories rising.
Sales in the sectors that traditionally see the most turnover, such as fashion, leisure and hospitality, fell for the fourth consecutive quarter.
Overall book sales increased by 0.2 per cent year-on-year to 1.3 million books.
This is a gain of 1.6 million from last year.
This was boosted by an increase in sales in the entertainment and cultural categories, which was the second straight year the category saw a jump.
The new quarter sales figure represents a slight decline from the previous year, which showed a gain for the sector of 6.9 per cent to 1 million books, the Statistics Office said.
A strong year for German book salesThe book sector in Germany grew by 1.7 per cent in the last quarter to 1,872 million books – a growth rate of 0.7 percentage points.
In the year to June 30, book sales reached their highest level in 10 years, up 5.3 per cent from the same period last year, the figures show.
The sector’s annual growth rate is now 4.2 percentage points, according to the statistics office.
In total, book book sales are up by 1,086,000 compared to the same quarter last year when they reached their lowest level since 2000.
The book market in Germany had a strong year in 2020, with growth in retail book sales and leisure book sales both rising, while in food and beverages book sales rose for the third consecutive quarter to 6.7 million.