Surviving the supermarkets: Why independent bookshops won't go the way of convenience stores

<p>Last week's report into the food sector by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Small Shops throws up some interesting parallels for independent bookshops.</p><p>The 91-page report makes gloomy reading for convenience stores, newsagents, butchers and greengrocers, predicting that almost 40% of the current total of 50,000 will disappear by 2015, on top of the 30,000 that have gone in the past 10 years. These small businesses cannot compete with supermarkets on price, parking and range, and they are being further squeezed as the big chains develop small format stores that can be parachute...

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