Top US/UK Trade Talk: UK’s Sainsbury’s Expands Books; Slight Sales Drop at B&N, BAM

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

In the UK, Sainsbury’s supermarkets are making further inroads into bookselling and plan to increase oval book sales by some 3% in 2009. “The supermarket chain told publishers at its annual supplier conference in London last week that it was targeting book sales of £36.25m in 2009-up from £27.6m in 2008, said The Bookseller. A large part of the effort is a plan to more heavily promote key hardcover bestsellers in a larger number of stores.

In the US, sales at dominant chain bookseller Barnes & Noble “fell 5.3% in the second quarter ended August 1, to $1.16 billion,” says PW, while at Books-a-Million, the third largest chain in the US, sales “fell slightly, dropping 0.7%, to $122.4 million.”

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.