Double-digit gains in the adult fiction and young adult categories led to a 4.4% increase in unit sales of print books in the week ended July 23, 2022, over the comparable week in 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, five books by Colleen Hoover, and two new releases drove sales up 23.1% in adult fiction. Crawdads remained #1 on the category list, selling more than 123,000 copies. Led by It Ends with Us, Hoover’s top five titles sold about 295,000 copies combined. The new titles that cracked the top 10 in the category were Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva, which sold more than 40,000 copies, and Shattered by James Patterson and James O. Born, which sold more than 25,000 copies. YA fiction sales rose 15.6%. Jenny Han titles continued to do well, with five Han books selling about 83,000 copies combined. The top new release was Never Never by Serena Valentino, which sold about 9,000 copies. Adult nonfiction sales fell by a relatively mild 3.4% compared to the week ended July 24, 2021.
Imports at the nation’s major container ports are expected to fall below last year’s levels for the remainder of 2022.
That’s according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The report cited ongoing inflation and the Federal Reserve’s efforts to cool demand through higher interest rates.
The key now is dealing with ongoing supply chain issues around the globe and with labor negotiations at West Coast ports and freight railroads.
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