Review of 2015: Middle class outpaces Big Three

Review of 2015: Middle class outpaces Big Three

Last year was a year the market changed tack, marked by a happy reversal for print, with value sales through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market growing for the first time in seven years—a fact we have been celebrating in our first three Reviews of 2015.

However, one trend since the beginning of the decade remained evident last year, the fact that the big boys (despite growing) are collectively ceding market share.

The “Big Three” publishing groups—Penguin Random House, Hachette and HarperCollins— collectively earned £658.9m through the TCM in 2015, a 6.6% rise, putting the trio in l...

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