World's tills keep ringing

<p>The UK's last-minute Christmas shopping spree was echoed across world book markets. The Bookseller's international correspondents report on festive sales and slumps.</p><p>Anja Sieg</p><p>After three disappointing festive seasons in a row, 2003 Christmas book sales in Germany ended on a positive note. According to trade paper Buchreport, sales were up unexpectedly in December by 2% following a last-minute shopping bonanza.</p><p>Many booksellers reported 22nd and 23rd December to be the most lucrative days of the year. There was also a lot of activity on Christmas Eve, when shops are leg...

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