Sales and profits up at C&R

<p>Constable &amp; Robinson has reported a 14% year-on-year rise in sales to &pound;3.7m for the six months to 31st July, with profits up 33.2% to &pound;0.5m during the same period.</p><p>Chairman Nick Robinson said he was &quot;very pleased&quot; with the performance, which came after a record year of growth in sales (24%) and profit (41%) in 2009, and &quot;in a tough trading environment&quot;. C&amp;R launched its new fiction imprint Corsair in the spring, and Robinson singled out novels <em>I Kill</em> by Giorgio Faletti and <em>The Privileges</em> by Jonathan Dee as &quot;notable successes&quot;.</p><p>He added that the company had plans to build on its growth through the remainder of this year and into 2011, saying: &quot;As ever, at the core of our success are our authors and we continue to encourage our editors to attract varied, commercially vital and unique titles to their lists.&quot;</p><p>C&amp;R also entered into a new sales representation agreement for Europe with Walker Books last September. <br /></p>