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Unit sales of print books down 2.1% year-over-year from week ended Aug. 7, as double-digit increase in adult fiction sales and higher young adult sales were not enough to offset declines in adult nonfiction and juvenile categories, NPD BookScan finds

After two years of record sales, US toy industry has tempered 2% year-over-year rise to US$11.4B in January-June period, with unit sales down 6%, average selling price up 8% to US$11.30; Outdoor & Sports remains largest supercategory with US$2.7B in sales

Netflix show Stranger Things, fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons both rise in The NPD Group ranking of fastest-growing licensed book properties in US in Q2 2022; Dungeons and Dragons ranked sixth with sales of US$14.9M, up 9% from Q1

Canadian restaurant industry finishes Q2 with physical and online visits up 17% year-over-year, 2% below traffic level in Q2 2019, according to The NPD Group; quick service visits--representing 76% of total restaurant traffic--up 11% year-over-year in Q2

Sales of mass market paperbacks have declined steadily since 2017, with unit sales falling 31.5% from 2017 to 2021, NPD BookScan finds; Assn. of American Publishers puts decline in dollar sales at 42.7% in 2020, with both groups expecting 2022 drops

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