Publishers blast WHS over book promotions

<p>Publishers have hit out at W H Smith's slow stock replenishment and inconsistent stickering of promoted books. They claim that "dire" store-level problems are confusing consumers and squandering the benefits of the retailer's mammoth pre-Christmas campaign.</p><p>WHS has been running prominent television and print advertising since mid-October. It has combined targeted, short-term, half-price offers on the top 20 hardbacks and top 30 children's books with "buy one get one half-price" on paperbacks and Book of the Week offers. In stores this week, window posters detailed "up to half-price...

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