For the year to date, bookstore sales have risen 6.8%, to $3.84 billion.
Total retail sales in April rose 2.9%, to $451 billion. For the year to date, total retail sales have risen 3.5%, to $1,725 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