Retail sales in April increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted over March and 3% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said on Friday. The number, which exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants, was below expectations. When looking at business lines, performance in April was driven by online and other non-store retailers, electronics stores, and building materials and supplies. On a three-month moving average, retail sales have grown 2.6% year-over-year, according to the NRF. “While the interplay between consumer confidence and spending is difficult to gauge, retail sales trends and recent consumer sentiment readings are consistent with a pickup in the pace of the economy in the coming months,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “The housing recovery has been an important variable in consumers’ willingness to spend. Low retail price inflation has continued, drawing in shoppers but providing heartburn to the bottom line for many retailers.” click Read More below for additional detail
Kingdom of Ash, the epic conclusion to Sarah J Maas’ #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, published by Bloomsbury, has topped bestseller lists across the world in its first week on sale.
In the US it is #1 on the New York Times series list, #1 Nielsen Bookscan Young Adult list and #1 on five regional independent lists across the US.
In the UK it is #1 on the Nielsen Bookscan TCM Children’s Bestseller list, making Sarah J. Maas the only Young Adult author to reach the overall number one slot in the Children’s chart in 2018, which she also achieved with A Court of Frost and Starlight in May 2018.
In Australia and New Zealand it is #1 on the Nielsen Bookscan Overall TCM Bestseller list as well as #1 on the Children’s Bestseller list.
In Ireland it is #1 on the Irish Times Children’s Bestseller list.
On publication day alone, Bloomsbury’s Kingdom of Ash social media posts saw 1.2 million impressions across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr and YouTube. As part of the Kingdom of Ash campaign, Bloomsbury produced a six episode podcast series, which has reached the iTunes charts in 23 countries.
Sarah J. Maas continues to go from strength to strength. Her two series are published in over 35 languages with over seven million copies sold worldwide, with three books reaching #1 in the UK Children’s charts: Tower of Dawn, A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of Frost and Starlight. Empire of Storms, from the Throne of Glass series, remained in the US top ten for over ten weeks, and Tower of Dawn stayed on the New York Times series bestseller list for 13 weeks.
Bloomsbury are globally publishing Sarah J. Maas’ brand-new adult series, Crescent City, in 2020.