Waterstones 'pleased' with festive performance in 'tricky' month

Waterstones 'pleased' with festive performance in 'tricky' month

The week before Christmas saw the biggest value takings for books since 2007, but bad weather and a surge in online orders hit brick and mortar booksellers.

According to Nielsen BookScan, 9.6 million print books were sold for £86.7m in the run up to 23rd December - 4.1% up in value on 2016’s week-before-Christmas, and 1.6% up in volume, marking the biggest single week in value terms since Christmas 2007.

Both David Walliams’ Bad Dad (HarperCollins) and Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients (Michael Joseph) performed strongly, with the former scooping the Christmas Number One spot only to be usurpe...

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