Bookseller Foyles turns over a new leaf as Christmas sales rise

Kasmira Jefford
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Foyles celebrated some Christmas cheer with a jump in sales at its two main London shops
Foyles yesterday posted a surge in sales over Christmas as bookworms flocked into its newly refurbished stores at the Royal Festival Hall and in Charing Cross.

The bookseller said like-for-like sales increased by 8.1 per cent in December, with sales up 18.2 per cent at the Royal Festival Hall branch.

Its flagship bookshop at 107 Charing Cross Road, which was hurt by months of Crossrail construction work last year, also enjoyed a 14.7 per cent rise in like-for-like sales.

Foyles said the best performing were biographies by Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry, followed by an exclusive Foyles hardback edition of Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

The cookbook Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook by Russell Norman, the Private Eye Annual by Ian Hislop and Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch were among its top 10.

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