Tide turns for Europe’s bookselling chains

Tide turns for Europe’s bookselling chains

Booksellers around the world have been enduring tough times in recent years. But it seems that the tide is finally turning—not only in the UK, but throughout Europe. A round-up of major continental chains this summer shows an increasingly upbeat mood in the face of growing consumer demand for print books, which is also reflected in much improved sales figures by a growing number of companies.

After a long period of (in some cases massive) restructuring, cost-cutting and downsizing, many chains are finally refocusing their efforts on the two strengths that distinguish them from the online c...

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