First-half sales hold up

<p>Book sales held up in the first half of 2004 despite Penguin's distribution crisis, the Cork collapse and the distraction of Euro 2004, according to an analysis of BookScan figures.
Sales through BookScan's General Retail Market in the six months to 26th June were worth &#163;435.1m, down by 2.5% on 2003's first-half total of &#163;446.3m. But that included about &#163;20m of revenue from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. When that figure is stripped out, sales in 2004 were about 2% up year-on-year. The steady sales figures chime with Waterstone's results last week, and come des...

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