For the year to date, bookstore sales have risen 3.6%, to $9.775 billion.
Total retail sales in October rose 2.1%, to $453.7 billion. For the year to date, total retail sales have risen 2.9%, to $4,495 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."