Foyles’ new shops help to offset Crossrail problems

FOYLES’ bookshops said the sale of hardback classics and limited editions of Haruki Murakami’s bestseller 1Q84 helped boost group sales by 20 per cent for the period from 1 to 24 December compared to same period last year.

Strong sales at its newly opened store in the Westfield Stratford shopping centre helped offset a six per cent slump at its flagship Charing Cross store, which Foyles blamed on Crossrail development at Tottenham Court Road Tube station.

Foyles said its website performed well, with book and eBook sales up 67 per cent in the period.