In the areas I lived there were only a couple or few comic stores and they never carried much manga if any at all. I'm not sure if it was lack of sales, interest, or little profit for the stores. One I think had a couple issues of magazines around with a small manga area in the back and then another years ago that went under pretty fast that had Naruto and many Tokyopop books. Use to be, that showed them. I can't imagine comic stores being a reliable source for manga even if they have quite a bit of it.
The indicator we looked at is for a short period, and measures the relative success of competition from non-manga titles as much as it measures the success of manga. So it will be interesting to see whether the trend persists and whether comic stores, some of whom had cut their manga sections back before the Borders bankruptcy, are ready for another bite of the manga apple.
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