With unit sales of print books rising 4% in the adult nonfiction segment—the industry’s largest major category—total unit sales for the first half of 2018 increased 2% over the comparable period in 2017 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.
Total sales at Barnes & Noble fell 6.0% in the fiscal year ended April 28, 2018, compared to fiscal 2017, and the retailer posted a net loss of $125.5 million last year, compared to net income of $22.0 million in fiscal 2017.
Acquisitions offset declines in comparable store sales in the Barnes & Noble College Booksellers division of Barnes & Noble Education, leading to a 17.6% increase in sales at the company for the fiscal year ended April 28, 2018, over fiscal 2017.
Revenue fell 2% in John Wiley's publishing division in the fiscal year ended April 30, compared to fiscal 2017. However, increases in the company's other two groups led to a 5% increase in sales and a 16% gain in earnings for the entire company.
Sales of adult trade books rose 5.2% in the first quarter of 2018 over the comparable period in 2017, according to preliminary estimates released by the AAP. Sales in the children's/young adult segment increased 5.9% over last year's first quarter.
The big jump in profits came on a 6% increase in sales, with revenue reaching $112 million.
A 20% increase in its consumer group contributed to double-digit gains in sales and earnings at Bloomsbury for 2018. The U.K. house has ambitious plans for the current year, including an acceleration of its growth in the U.S.
Revenue at Hachette Book Group rose 5.4% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, over the comparable period last year, parent company Lagardère reported. Total sales for the Lagardère publishing group increased 0.4%, to 442 million euros.