May Bookstore Sales Took Another Dive: “May bookstore sales dropped 59.8% compared to a year ago, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales were $271 million, down from $675 million in May 2019. Reflecting the unprecedented pressure the pandemic has put on all bricks-and-mortar stores, the Census Bureau posted an unusual note that read: ‘Due to recent events surrounding COVID-19, many businesses are operating on a limited capacity or have ceased operations completely. The Census Bureau has monitored response and data quality and determined estimates in this release meet publication standards.'” via Publishers Weekly