For the year to date, bookstore sales have risen 4.8%, to $2.1 billion.
Total retail sales in February rose 6.9%, to $412.3 billion. For the year to date, total retail sales have risen 3.9%, to $812.5 billion.
Note: under Census Bureau definitions, the bookstore category consists of "establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of new books. These establishments may also sell stationery and related items, second-hand books, and magazines."