The Book Depository sees growth soar by more than 70% and will launch self publishing web site

The Book Depository grew sales by more than 70% in the half-year to December 2010, with revenue now expected to be £120m in its full year, almost double what it achieved the year before.Sales increased to £60m up from last year’s sales of £35m.

Kieron Smith, managing director of the online bookseller, said sales growth was "across the board", with the weakness of the pound a fillip for the business. The company ships free of charge to more than 100 countries, with overseas sales making up about two-thirds of the overall business. Smith said he was "very pleased" by the growth, adding that "it will be even more interesting this year" with the development of foreign language title sales. It will also assess whether it needs a physical presence overseas. At the moment all books are shipped via its Gloucester-based warehouse.

Smith said the business had also been picking up sales from the UK, with home sales expected to be about £30m in its full-year.

Developments in the shorter term include the public launch of its self-publishing website Espressio and a separate site selling DVDs and video games.