December sales up 3.9%

<p>A flurry of sales in the final few shopping days salvaged an unspectacular Christmas season for most high street booksellers. Sales through Nielsen BookScan's General Retail Market in the last full week of 2003 to 27th December were worth &#163;44.3m, up by 14.4% on the corresponding week of 2002, thanks in part to an extra pre-Christmas shopping day. It brought the total for the GRM in the four weeks of December to &#163;182.8m, up by 3.9% on 2002.

The late rush came as a relief to retailers, after sales had stayed flat year-on-year in preceeding weeks. Profile Books and Lynne Truss com...

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