Christmas Retail Survey: A season of mixed gifts for indies

<p>Christmas sales in 2005 were greater than those in 2004 for half of independent booksellers in the UK and Ireland, with those in London having a particularly challenging December.</p><p>One wholesaler said independents had "really been left out in the cold" by online retailers and supermarkets taking share on discounted hardbacks. But many of the nearly 100 independents surveyed by The Bookseller saw solid sales from loyal local customers.</p><p>Only 36% of independents in London managed to increase takings from 2004; 45% of the capital's indies reported decreased sales, compared to a na...

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