Thu, 22/05/2014 - 16:44
W H Smith has defended its customer service record after being voted the worst retailer in the UK.
The chain bookseller said a survey by consumer group Which?, in which it was ranked bottom of a list of 100 UK retailers for the second year in a row, was “misleading”. The survey asked customers to judge 100 retailers on...
Thu, 22/05/2014 - 11:39
Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner will be the first artist to exhibit in The Gallery at Foyles, when the new flagship bookshop opens in June.
Titchner, an alumnus of Central Saint Martins, which formerly occupied the premises where the new Foyles store is based, is renowned for incorporating text into his artworks.
Thu, 22/05/2014 - 09:20
Retail sales in the UK grew by 6.9% in April compared with the same month in 2013, the largest annual rise in 10 years.
The new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that non-food sales were up 6.5% from a year earlier, though the figure was slightly down on sales in March 2014.
Across all UK retail sales,...
Wed, 21/05/2014 - 09:40
Northumberland’s Forum Books is to open a new children’s branch next month.
The independent bookseller is set to open a children’s bookshop on Watling Street, Corbridge, 300 metres away from its existing location, to better serve the community’s younger readers.
Owner Helen Stanton, who worked for...
Fri, 16/05/2014 - 09:10
Independent booksellers will be able to mark themselves out from the competition with signed editions, special collectible titles and heavily discounted books during Independent Booksellers Week (28th June–5th July).
Publishers Hodder, Headline, Hachette and Orion are all offering indies top-selling titles to retail for just...
Mon, 12/05/2014 - 09:50
Paragon, the Munich-based private equity company, is taking over German media group Weltbild.
Details of the deal, which emerged over the weekend, are still under wraps.
Weltbild which owns a chain of bookshops in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as a huge mail order operation, went into insolvency...
Wed, 07/05/2014 - 13:27
Luxury international bookseller and publisher Assouline is to open a new store in London’s Piccadilly.
The company, which claims to sell “the most sophisticated books in the world” specializes in high-end fashion and beauty, lifestyle, art and photography coffee table books and will set up in 196a Piccadilly, a...
Tue, 06/05/2014 - 09:40
“There has been a huge period of change and last year was obviously difficult, but I think without exception our shops are better than they were 12 months ago,” says Waterstones’ new director of buying Kate Skipper, channelling her boss, James Daunt, who has given similar summaries of Waterstones’ past year.
Fri, 02/05/2014 - 11:07
Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker will be among those joining the festival marking the “grand opening” of Foyles new Charing Cross store in June.
He will join authors Val McDermid, Sebastian Faulks, Anthony Horowitz, and double Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel participating in events at the festival, which will run from 11th...
Wed, 30/04/2014 - 14:57
Waterstones has opened another new-look store in York.
The York bookshop has moved from its original location in High Ousegate to new premises on Coney Street following the expiry of its original lease.
The new premises features the new-look Waterstones format, using lighter paint than its traditional black and featuring light...