Indies report strong Christmas sales despite economic uncertainty

Indies report strong Christmas sales despite economic uncertainty

The majority of independent bookshops saw like-for-like sales increases over the Christmas period as a feared hit to consumer spending after the Brexit vote did not come into fruition.

Of the 40 independents who responded to The Bookseller’s annual Christmas Trading Survey, 68% reported a like-for-like sales increase in December, with 14% saying they were down and 17% said they stayed about the same.

While the 68% figure was lower than 2015’s 72% and 2014’s 79%, the robust figure was still above that of 2013, when just 46% of indies reported Christmas sales growth and 2012 when 48% said t...

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