Waterstones, Blackwell's and indies report Christmas sales rise

Waterstones, Blackwell's and indies report Christmas sales rise

Waterstones, Blackwell’s, Stanfords and independent booksellers have all reported strong Christmas book sales, with titles such as Five on Brexit Island and the GCHQ Puzzle Book proving hits with customers.

Waterstones’ m.d James Daunt told The Bookseller that while the chain hadn’t yet finalised its numbers, sales were up on last year after a “nerve-wracking” final week before Christmas.

Meanwhile 79% of the 50 independent booksellers surveyed by the Booksellers Association said their sales had increased on last year. Blackwell’s had an “excellent” Christmas, seeing double-digit growth i...

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