Friday, January 11, 2013

Holiday Hum: Many Indies Report 'Best Season Ever'

In contrast to general retailers and Barnes & Noble, which had mixed or disappointing sales during the holiday season,   many independent bookstores had tidings of joy, with many reporting their best sales in store history. At WORD in Brooklyn, N.Y., sales were up 40% over December 2011, making it "our biggest month ever," according to owner Christine Onorati. Duck's Cottage, Duck, N.C., also had its best December, too, and was pleased with sales at its new branch, Duck's Cottage Downtown, in Manteo, co-owner Jamie Layton said. During the holiday season, business at Common Good Books, St. Paul, Minn., rose 40%, manager Martin Schmutterer said, much of it attributable to the store's move in April.  Read more here

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