Book Sales on the Increase Once Again

5 Dec 2006

Christmas has always been a busy period for the book trade, and the latest figures for the Books Council confirm that this year is no exception.

Sales of books through the Books Council’s Distribution Centre for November, the crucial month in the run-up to Christmas, shows an increase of 9.6% on last year, (£462,291 net sales, as compared with £422,350 the previous year), and once again sets a new record. The increase in sales for the first eight months of this financial year runs at 11.4%.

Set against analyst Richard Ratner’s warning that UK retail stores were facing the worst Christmas for a quarter of a century, the increase reflects the efforts of the book trade in Wales in publishing and marketing a range of exciting and popular titles.

‘We are greatly encouraged by these figures,’ said Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Director of the Books Council, ‘and would like to congratulate all sectors of the book trade on this remarkable achievement. With three more weeks to go before Christmas we are confident that the sales will continue throughout December.’

Alun Pugh, Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, said: ‘These figures are a festive boost for the book trade in Wales. I’m pleased that our investment in promoting and marketing books from Wales is creating positive results. Books make ideal Christmas presents and there is a tremendous amount of choice available to people of all ages and to suit all tastes.’

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