Father's Day sales push growth, but trade still fails to top 2009

<p>Father&#39;s Day purchasing pushed book sales up 7.5% week-on-week to &pound;29.3m, continuing a four-week run of growth for the book trade this summer. Spending on books during the seven days to 19th June represented an 11-week high, but sales were down 3.4% on the same week last year when Antony Beevor&#39;s <em>D-Day</em> (Viking) took &pound;840,000 through the tills alone</p><p>Stephenie Meyer retained top spot in a week of big sales boosts for numerous titles thanks to Father&#39;s Day. <em>The Second Life of Bree Tanner</em> (Atom) sold 50,902 copies in the UK last week, some 9,291 copies more than the next most popular purchase, James Patterson&#39;s 16th Alex Cross thriller, <em>I Alex Cross</em> (Arrow). Sales of the latter were helped by a &quot;link-save&quot; offer at W H Smith where shoppers could buy the title for only &pound;2.99 if they spent &pound;10 on books. <br /><br />A half-price book-of-the-week spot at the same retailer helped Maeve Binchy&#39;s short-story collection, <em>The Return Journey</em> (Orion), sell 37,284 copies last week and take third position in the Official UK Top 50, while a &quot;&pound;2.99 if you buy the <em>Times</em>&quot; link-save deal at W H Smith, and a half price paperback book-of-the-week spot at Sainsbury&#39;s helped sales of Gerald Seymour&#39;s <em>The Collaborator </em>(Hodder) which d&eacute;buts in 12th position as this week&#39;s highest new entry.<br /><br />Bill Bryson&#39;s <em>At Home </em>(Doubleday) retains its number one spot in hardback non-fiction having received a 29% sales boost week-on-week in the seven days to 19th June. There were also big Father&#39;s Day boosts for the hardback likes of <em>Top Gear: The Alternative Highway Code</em> (BBC, up 79%), Fred Dibnah and David Hall&#39;s <em>Foundries and Rolling Mills </em>(BBC, up 197%), Hugh Ambrose&#39;s <em>The Pacific </em>(Canongate, up 161%), and David Lloyd&#39;s <em>Start the Car </em>(HarperSport, up 42%).<br /><br />In paperback non-fiction, too, many titles received big week-on-week uplifts including Jeremy Clarkson&#39;s <em>Driven to Distraction </em>(Penguin, up 76%), Antony Beevor&#39;s <em>D-Day</em> (Penguin, up 87%), Andy McNab&#39;s <em>Spoken From the Front</em> (Corgi, up 68%) and Justin Halpern&#39;s <em>Shit My Dad Says</em> (Boxtree, up 57%). <br /><br />Other more obvious Father&#39;s Day titles to enjoy success last week include <em>To My Daddy</em>, John Gribble&#39;s <em>The Grandads&#39; Book</em>, Michael Heatley&#39;s <em>The Dads&#39; Book </em>(all Michael O&#39;Mara), children&#39;s laureate Anthony Browne&#39;s <em>My Dad</em> (Doubleday), and Nick Butterworth&#39;s <em>My Dad is Brilliant</em> (Walker)&mdash;all of which sold more than 1,000 copies according to Nielsen BookScan data.<br /><br />Meanwhile, sales of Barbara Kingsolver&#39;s Orange Prize for Fiction winner, <em>The Lacuna</em> (Faber), which was the bestselling book at independent bookshops last week, jumped 83% week-on-week helped by a till-point link-save spot at Waterstone&#39;s.<br /> </p>