Unit sales of print books rose 1.9% in 2017, over 2016, at outlets that report to NDP BookScan, which captures between 80-85% of print sales. Total units sold at outlets that report to the service were 687.2 million, up from 674.1 million in 2016. The increase follows a 3.3% increase in 2016 over 2015 with units having risen every year since 2013. Since 2013, print unit sales are up 10.8%. The unit gain was driven by the retail and club channel, where sales rose 3.5% in 2017 over 2016. Units in the channel hit 593.7 million units, compared to 573.8 million units sold in 2016. Sales via the mass merchandisers channel fell 6.7% in the year, dropping to 93.6 million units, down from 100.4 million units in 2016. Click Read More below for additional information.
With the holiday mailing and shipping season nearing, USPS reported new delivery performance metrics for the fifth week of the FY2023 first quarter. The average time to deliver a mailpiece or package across the postal network was steady at just 2.5 days.
FY2023 first quarter service performance scores covering Oct. 1 through Nov. 4 included:
*First-Class Mail: 92.3 percent of First-Class Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a slight decrease of 0.9 percentage points from the fiscal fourth quarter.
*Marketing Mail: 94.2 percent of Marketing Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a slight decrease of 0.6 percentage points from the fiscal fourth quarter.
*Periodicals: 86.9 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, consistent with performance from the fiscal fourth quarter.
more at: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2022/1110-mail-delivery-remains-strong-as-holiday-season-nears.htm