Mon, 15/03/2010 - 07:59
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (published by Random House Children's Books in Ireland) has been voted the best book of last decade by customers at Eason.
According to an article in the Irish Independent, the novel, by Irish author John Boyne, was the most popular book in Ireland. The survey of the country's...
Thu, 04/03/2010 - 15:44
Irish bookshops chain Eason has taken over seven Hughes & Hughes Irish airport stores, safeguarding 120 jobs that had been at risk following the retailer's collapse last week. Five units at Dublin Airport and two shops at Cork airport will be run by Eason from tomorrow (5th March).
The Dublin Airports Authority received a number...
Thu, 04/03/2010 - 08:55
Hughes & Hughes stores in Dublin and Cork airports will continue to trade on a day to day basis while the receiver searches for a buyer, according to a member of the receiver's team.
Noel Brown, a member of David Carson's team at Deloitte, said all 80 staff at the six Dublin Airport stores and an unconfirmed number at the...
Tue, 02/03/2010 - 09:43
Irish publishers have begun assessing the fallout from the collapse of high street bookseller Hughes & Hughes last week. Many reacted with surprise to the news, even though publishers had tightened credit terms over the past year.
Some warned that the failure of Ireland's second biggest bookshop chain left Irish publishers in the...
Mon, 01/03/2010 - 08:38
Irish bookseller Hughes and Hughes has gone into receivership, blaming collapsing consumer demand, a drop in passenger numbers visiting its airport stores, and internet competition.
It said it had been unable to "renegotiate occupation costs" and described receivership as "the only appropriate action left to the company...
Mon, 01/03/2010 - 07:16
W H Smith looks to be first in the queue for Hughes & Hughes' airport shops, according to the Irish Post. "WHS is believed to be particularly interested in taking control of Hughes & Hughes’ valuable concession shops at Dublin and Cork Airports. Both shops continued to trade over the weekend."
Easons is also a...
Mon, 01/03/2010 - 05:20
The manager of the flagship Dublin branch of Irish bookseller Eason has described last year as "the worst we've ever experienced", in the wake of news late last week that Hughes & Hughes had entered administration.
Fri, 19/02/2010 - 07:22
Members of the Irish union Siptu have voted to back Eason's proposals to defer last year's Christmas bonus. The union is seeking a meeting with Eason's management to discuss its future plans.
Last year the Irish bookseller backtracked from imposing a 12.5% pay cut on its 1,500 employees.
However, it proposed deferring...
Wed, 17/02/2010 - 16:03
Ireland's oldest independent publisher Mercier Press is to cut its 2010 literary list, after higher-than-expected funding cuts from Ireland's Arts Council.
The Cork-based group has seen its funding for this year slashed from £32,000 to £20,000—a drop of 37.5%. As a result, some titles which had been contracted...
Wed, 20/01/2010 - 14:26
Book sales in Ireland in 2009 fell by 5%, according to Nielsen BookScan's measure of the Irish Consumer Market. Not a bad result in this environment, and still comfortably above 2007 levels.
However, these resolute sales mask some worrying trends that look likely to continue in 2010. The first of these is that Irish publishers are...