Thu, 16/01/2014 - 10:00
Waterstones has scrapped its Waterstones Eleven promotion on debut literary fiction.
The retailer has run the campaign, picking 11 debut novelists it backs as the ones to read during the course of the year, for the last three years. The role of the campaign, which followed on from the previous debuts promotion New Voices, was to...
Tue, 14/01/2014 - 09:45
Booksellers have confirmed that they expect the April business rates rise to have a “serious” impact on their business, despite the increase being capped below inflation.
High street retailers will see a 2% increase in business rates in the new financial year.
The rate was capped below the anticipated 3.2% in the...
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.
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....