Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to rise an unusually high 16.9% this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports begin to dig out from a backlog of cargo that built up during just-concluded contract negotiations with dockworkers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “The contract talks are over, but the tentative agreement still has to be ratified and it’s going to take months to get back to normal on the West Coast,” said NRF VP for supply chain and customs policy. “Retailers’ immediate priority is to make sure spring merchandise reaches store shelves in time.”
First-quarter e-book sales were down 2.5% and 36.6% in the adult and children’s/young adult categories, respectively, according to figures in AAP’s StatShot program. With sales of hardcover and paperback also down, first quarter sales in the children’s/ya category fell 15.9%.
In adult books, the decline in e-book sales was offset by increases in paperback and audiobook and sales for the entire category rose 3.4% in the quarter.
At the end of the quarter, e-books accounted for 30.0% of adult book sales down from 31.8% at the end of the first quarter of 2014. E-books accounted for 12.6% of first quarter 2015 children’s/ya sales, down from 16.7% in last year’s first period. Combining adult and children’s/ya results, e-book sales were down 8.1% in the quarter.
The StatShot figures are based on sales from 1,210 publishers.