Last-minute sales surge

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A last-minute surge in book sales has brought a much-needed boost to the book trade, Joel Rickett writes.</p><p>
Sales for the week ending 18th December were worth &pound;46.6m, a 23% increase on the previous week and 8.23% up on the same week last year, according to data from Whitaker BookTrack. The increase meant that cumulative sales for 1999 were only 1.66% below last year.</p><p>
Delia's How To Cook: Book Two (BBC) has sold 209, 234 copies in two weeks. But the hardback leader of the year remains J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Bloomsbury), with sales of 320...

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