What next for rivals and retailers after Hachette's leap into pole position?

<p>At the beginning of last year, Hachette Livre UK c.e.o. Tim Hely Hutchinson told The Bookseller of his ambition to overtake Random House Group as the largest consumer publishing group in the UK.</p><p>"We're on the front foot," he said then. "In the spirit of friendly rivalry rather than skulduggery, we have our eyes on the top."</p><p>Whether it was friendly rivalry or skulduggery that prompted Hachette to swoop on Time Warner Book Group, the result is the same. The acquisition catapults Hachette to the top of the UK's publishing league table, giving it a market share of 16.2%, over 2%...

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