Indie bookshops in the UK and Ireland are being urged to complete The Bookseller’s annual Christmas trading survey.
The Bookseller wants to know how trade has fared over Christmas to provide an accurate and up-to-date picture of the health of the indie bookshop sector. The publication also wants to know what factors have boosted Christmas trading this year, whether rental rates are changing and what impact booksellers are feeling from Brexit.
Last year saw sales hit by snow in mid-December; this year, Storm Deirdre sparked chaos at the weekend with heavy rain and freezing temperatures forcing shoppers to stay home. Retail experts Springboard said that on Saturday and Sunday (15th/16th December) total footfall dropped by 4.3% compared to the same weekend in 2017, with the sharpest fall recorded on the High Street and in shopping centres.
The Bookseller would like to hear from you about how trade has gone. Please complete the survey here.
The results will be compiled from 3rd January 2019.