International markets' Christmas performance

International markets' Christmas performance

In Russia, a biography of Putin was a Christmas bestseller; in Norway and Sweden, there were surprise festive hits on hair-braiding; in Australia, it was beach read season; while in Spain, it was Ken Follett who topped FNAC's Christmas bestseller list.

The Bookseller's international correspondents have revealed the flavour of Christmas in the book trade around the world, and subscribers can read the full accounts here.

The Russian book industry struggled with rising prices, with the economic crisis fuelling inflation. In Spain, book retailers were looking to Christmas for proof that the country is finally exiting its five-year downturn, but France-based FNAC, which has stores across Spain, put unit sales as similar to 2013's. However in Canada, Indigo Books & Music said sales were up on 2013, and "optimism" was reported about the national book market after a positive Christmas season. Meanwhile Japan's biggest title of the year, according to the Japan Book Publishers' Association, was The Official Strategy Guide for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console.