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WHSmith high street store Christmas sales down four percent

In the UK, sales at bookselling chain WHSmith’s high street stores fell four percent like-for-like over the Christmas period—a decline partly attributed to the fall in sales of spoof humour books, reports the Bookseller.

WHSmith said the drop reflects ‘the lower sales of high-margin spoof humour books compared to the same period last year when humour books had a particularly strong performance’, with ‘no new publishing trend’ to replace the decline.

The retailer’s travel stores performed strongly over the same period, with three percent like-for-like growth. Ongoing investment and continued growth in passenger numbers in its airport stores over the Christmas period helped the growth. Overall, total sales for the Christmas period were flat.


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