Bertrams sales fall in 'difficult' UK market

<p>Bertrams&#39; revenues fell 2.9% on a like-for-like basis over the 19-week period from 1st September 2010 to 8th January 2011, which parent company Smith News attributed to &quot;difficult&quot; retail and library markets in the UK.<br /><br />During the period total group sales at Smiths News decreased by 5.5% compared to last year, with Smiths News itself down 5.7% on a like-for-like basis.<br /><br />On Bertrams, the group said: &quot;Whilst the international market continues to grow year on year, the UK retail and library markets have been more difficult.&quot;<br /><br />Smiths News shares are trading at 103pence, 9% above its 52-week low of 94.2p.</p>