Hachette guns for Random

<p>Tom Holman</p><p>Hachette has set out to overtake a buoyant Random House as the largest consumer publishing group in the UK.</p><p>The French media group's acquisition of Hodder Headline last summer helped it leapfrog Pearson and HarperCollins to second place on The Bookseller's list of consolidated publishing groups for 2004. Hachette now has its sights trained on Bertelsmann's market-leading Random House Group (RHG).</p><p>"We're on the front foot," said Hachette UK book group c.e.o. Tim Hely Hutchinson. "In the spirit of friendly rivalry rather than skullduggery, we have our eyes on t...

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