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.
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...
Tue, 24/12/2013 - 13:24
Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed the coveted book-trade Christmas Number One spot. His record-breaking memoir My Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton) sold 103,378 copies in the week ending 21st December - up 30% week on week and more...
Mon, 23/12/2013 - 12:21
Independent booksellers have complained that they are losing crucial Christmas sales with some key titles out of stock until January.
Among the popular books indies have had difficulty obtaining include Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (Doubleday), Letters of Note by Shaun Usher (Canongate Unbound), Asterix...
Wed, 18/12/2013 - 09:00
Amazon has come top of a survey ranking the top 40 UK online retailers for customer satisfaction.
ForeSee, a customer experience analytics company, has released its 2013 UK Retail Edition today (18th December), in which Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com came joint top for customer satisfaction, both scoring 84 points out of a possible 100...