W H Smith to cull backlist in new books strategy

W H Smith to cull backlist in new books strategy

W H Smith plans to cull its backlist and build areas of growth such as children's and lighter readers with a “forensic store by store focus on space management to optimise the returns from core categories.”

A W H Smith spokeswoman told The Bookseller there are plans to “selectively remove backlist books” to focus on children's and lighter readers, highlighting that W H Smith was number one in the market for David Walliams’ Ice Monster and Fing (both published by HarperCollins) during the half year. “The books business is fairly stable and the focus is to manage space on a store by store ba...

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