Waterstones and Blackwell's reveal December hits

Waterstones and Blackwell's reveal December hits

Waterstones and Blackwell's have both reported good sales for December with books by Charlie Mackesy and Maggie O'Farrell among those proving huge hits.

However, Waterstones chief operating officer Kate Skipper said the month had been a “story of two halves”, ending with its stores in Wales, London and the south-east of England closing from 20th December, Scotland and Northern Ireland following suit on Boxing Day, and additional Tier 4 closures and Ireland's lockdown on 1st January. A fresh lockdown has since followed in England.

Skipper said: “The month was initially very positive. We we...

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