• Mon, 13/01/2014 - 09:40

    WH Smith has confirmed that it is in discussion with "a number" of convenience store retailers about converting into WH Smith Local formats.

    The retailer’s Local Roadshow held 9th-11th December went “really well” according to a WH Smith spokesperson, who told The Bookseller that further roadshows...

  • Fri, 10/01/2014 - 08:45

    The Works saw like-for-like sales increase by 10% over the Christmas trading period in December.

    The discount retailer, for which books count as 50% of its stock, hailed the Christmas sales as “a record sales performance” for a third consecutive year.

    Kevin Keaney, The Works c.e.o, also said he was pleased the...

  • Thu, 09/01/2014 - 09:00

    The chief executive of WH Smith, Steve Clarke, is said to be facing a “pay revolt” at his first annual meeting this month, after institutional investors were issued with a warning about the company’s remuneration policies.

    According to...

  • Thu, 09/01/2014 - 08:45

    Foyles has reported a 0.4% like-for-like increase in sales over the Christmas trading period in December.

    The company said sales performed well in the three weeks before Christmas, up 0.1% on 2012 and increased further in the week before Christmas,  up 0.68% compared to the equivalent period last year.

    Foyles said...

  • Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:10

    Waterstones’ sales during the Christmas trading period were slightly down year-on-year, the company has revealed.

    Speaking to The Bookseller, Waterstones m.d James Daunt said like-for-like sales were ‘just a smudge off” where the company had wanted them to be overall and blamed the inclement weather in the...

  • Tue, 31/12/2013 - 14:26

    The bad weather and flooding hit Christmas and post-Christmas trade for some, but many independent retailers say they have weathered the storm.

    Much Ado About Nothing Books in Alfriston, Sussex, was among the shops suffering. The main road into the village of Alfriston was flooded "on and off for several days starting just...

  • Tue, 31/12/2013 - 10:00

    Waterstones marketing manager Jon Woolcott is leaving the chain after seven years. 

    Woolcott's last day with the retailer is today (31st December).

    Rik McShane, Waterstones retail director, said Woolcott would be "much missed", commenting: "He has worked for more than 20 years in bookselling at...

  • Tue, 31/12/2013 - 09:39

    Independent booksellers are invited to complete The Bookseller's annual Christmas trading survey which gauges how the sector faired over the festive trading period.

    The survey is now live and awaiting responses from any independent bookseller in the UK and Ireland....

  • Mon, 30/12/2013 - 15:06

    Retailers are pushing e-books and physical books with a series of discounts and offers in the wake of Christmas, including more than 75% off bestselling hardbacks.

    Jamie Oliver's hardback Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less (Michael Joseph) is among the books being offered at the biggest discounts. From...

  • Fri, 27/12/2013 - 15:09

    Amazon has said it took orders for more than 36.8 million items worldwide on Cyber Monday (2nd December), at a record-breaking rate of 426 a second.

    The online retailer's post-Christmas announcement also placed heavy emphasis on the Amazon Prime free shipping service, which the retailer said gained over one million members...

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