Rise in sales for UK publisher and UK booksellers

Publisher Constable & Robinson has reported a 14% year-on-year rise in sales to £3.7m for the six months to 31st July, with profits up 33.2% to £0.5m during the same period.

C & R are a UK based independent publisher with an excellent reputation and one of the few to take unsolicited manuscripts from authors.

Chairman Nick Robinson said he was "very pleased" with the performance, which came after a record year of growth in sales (24%) and profit (41%) in 2009, and "in a tough trading environment". C&R launched its new fiction imprint Corsair in the spring.  He added that the company had plans to build on its growth through the remainder of this year and into 2011, saying: "As ever, at the core of our success are our authors and we continue to encourage our editors to attract varied, commercially vital and unique titles to their lists."

C&R also entered into a new sales representation agreement for Europe with Walker Books last September.

Meanwhile on the UK High Street, spending at UK booksellers was up 4% week-on-week last week, to £37.9m—the strongest seven days since Christmas week last year. This was up 1% on the same period last year, the second consecutive week of year-on-year growth, the first time since the beginning of September this has happened.

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