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American Manga Sales Rose, But at Slower Rate in 2007

posted on 2008-04-23 23:57 EDT
Annual sales rose 5% to US$210 million, the lowest growth rate in ICv2's records

At its Graphic Novel Conference at New York Comic Con last Thursday, the ICv2 retail news source announced its findings for the American retail graphic novel market in 2007. While the overall graphic novel market and the manga segment both grew in 2007, manga grew at a slower rate than in years past. The 2007 sales stood at US$210 million, which is 5% higher than 2006's US$200 million. Bookstore sales of manga rose, but direct market sales in comic book stores dropped. ICv2 cited the saturation of manga titles for the comic book stores' shift in priorities. The overall graphic novel market in the United States rose to US$375 million in 2007.

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