Walker boosted by success in the US

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Liz Bury</p><p>

The tough market for children's books in the UK hit children's publisher Walker Books last year, while its US subsidiary Candlewick enjoyed strong growth. </p><p>

Total UK sales fell 11% to &#163;10m and UK trade sales fell by almost 10%, in the year to end-December 2000.</p><p>

David Lloyd, chairman, said that the company had produced an exceptional list in 1999. "We were always likely to see a dip back in 2000." Cuts in government funding and the trailing off of the Books for Schools initiative hit backlist sales, while the frontlist was affected by the success of Har...

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