Tuesday, July 19, 2005
News from Canada
CBC Arts: IN BRIEF: 'Harry Potter' sales hit 700,000 in Canada; more: "Potter sales hit fever pitch in Canada
Jamie Broadhurst at Raincoast Books in Vancouver estimates sales of the latest Harry Potter book in Canada were between 650,000 to 700,000 in the first weekend.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in the series about a boy wizard-in-training, was launched July 16 to much anticipation by fans worldwide.
Nearly nine million copies of the book sold in the U.S. and U.K. this past weekend, according to Nielsen BookScan.
Canada's Indigo Books said the chain did about 1,200 transactions a minute during the first two hours the book was available. "