Book sales up at Morrisons

<p>Supermarket Morrisons recorded book volume sales growth of 7.6% last year as the wider supermarket business reported pretax profit growth of 7%. Emma Bailey, book buyer at Morrisons, said it had a &quot;strong year-on-year performance showing good growth, which is especially pleasing as we were up against Harry Potter sales [in 2008]&quot;.</p><p>Bailey said that children&#39;s titles, summer reads, back-to-school and Christmas annuals were the main drivers of sales. The chain had been supplied by wholesaler Entertainment UK. Following EUK&#39;s collapse in November, Morrisons switched to Reedmoor and said it had only experienced a &quot;slight disruption&quot; in sales.</p><p>Last week, the UK&#39;s fourth-biggest grocer said that in the year to 1st February, its like-for-like sales excluding petrol were up 7.9%. Pretax profits were up 7% to &pound;655m. Sir Ian Gibson, non-executive chairman, said: &quot;This was another year of good progress for Morrisons as we continued to grow sales, profits and dividends, while also investing to generate future growth.&quot;<br /></p>