Indies debate removing r.r.p in face of soaring overheads

Indies debate removing r.r.p in face of soaring overheads

Independent booksellers face a potentially toxic cocktail of pressures as the new National Minimum Wage (introduced in April), business rates rises and looming changes to pension contributions could force some to close and others to shed staff. The warning comes after the Booksellers Association (BA) released its annual membership figures, showing that for the 10th year running, the number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen: it now stands at fewer than 900.

In 2015, 23 indie bookshops opened in the UK but 46 closed, bringing the total to 894. The number of indie bookshops in the...

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