Independent booksellers enjoy ‘excellent’ Christmas as readers back local businesses

Independent booksellers enjoy ‘excellent’ Christmas as readers back local businesses

Independent bookshops enjoyed a bumper end to 2018, with "excellent" Christmas sales, and most are looking ahead with optimism, according to The Bookseller’s Indie Bookshop Christmas Trading Survey.

Fifty respondents to the annual survey, which concluded on 7th January, found a strong festive offering from publishers and a conscious effort by customers to support the high street paid off at the tills.

Compared with Christmas 2017, 53.2% said sales in 2018 were very good, with 27.6% saying sales were excellent. Just 8.5% of the 47 indies who responded to the question found sales to be “dis...

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