Christmas Books Bonanza

16 Jan 2007

The Christmas period was truly a time for giving within the book trade in Wales, as confirmed by the latest sales figures from the Books Council.

Sales of books through the Books Council's Distribution Centre for November/December showed an increase of 12.2% on the previous year (£826,672 net sales, as compared with £736,066 the previous year). The quarterly figures (October, November, December) were up an impressive 13.7% (£1,117,605 compared with £982,235), testifying to the quality and range of books produced by Welsh publishers.

These figures are even more impressive considering that they follow two years of record sales and compare well with some disappointing sales across the UK retail sectors this Christmas.

'Once again we have clear evidence that the public have appreciated the excellent range of books available,' said Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Director of the Welsh Books Council, 'and we would wish to congratulate everyone within the book trade in Wales for their sterling efforts in the busy period before Christmas.'

Alun Pugh, Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, said: 'Publishing in Wales has gone from strength to strength in recent years as demonstrated by the excellent sales of books over the festive period. Literature is central to our identity as a nation and in Wales we have a strong literary culture produced by authors at the forefront of their profession. Reading is a hugely popular leisure activity and the varied range of genres and titles available through Welsh publishers attracts a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds.'

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