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March 13, 2003

Harry Potter Clogging Bookstores

Hundreds of thousands of Harry Potter books are taking up storage space in bookstores nationwide. The initial boom in sales saw six prints and 3.5 million copies sold of the "Goblet of Fire," the fourth book in the series, by the end of last November. But the books were distributed on a rare 'no-return' basis, and bookstores that over-estimated demand for the ¥3,800, two-volume sets have been left with as many as an estimated 700,000 unsold copies. Lack of space has forced many stores to return copies of other books.

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