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Sales grow for romance novels as people look for escape from worries.

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With hard economic times upon us, it’s hard to get our minds off our troubles. One way of doing it – a way that seems quite popular – is through romance novels. Sales are up for the romance novel genre, and readers say the books serve as a distraction from heavier things.

Love may not conquer all in real life, but its power in relatively inexpensive books is quite a comfort in this economy.

Publishers are seeing strong sales in the romance genre as other categories decline and consumers cut back on spending.

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., a global giant in women’s fiction, reported fourth-quarter earnings up 32 percent over the same period a year earlier, with U.S. retail sales up 9 percent in 2008.

Read the full story from The Associated Press in the Mail Tribune.

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